As a competitive swimmer for more than 20 years and a coach at several levels, I can"t stress enough how important stretching is if you want to swim better and avoid injuries.
I never had a swimming injury in all of my years as a competitor because I stretched my entire body every day for at least 20 minutes before EVERY workout. I also warmed up for 15-20 minutes before stretching every day on a stationary bike.
I stretch my neck, shoulders, triceps, chest, upper and lower back, hamstrings, quads, calves, hands, feet, and especially abs. And I eat a banana before and after every swim.
Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels and looks.
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