David Joyce, writing in Peak Performance Bulletin recently talked about Sport Specificity and sport relevancy. He said” The problem is that it is not specific at all. Just because a drill looks like the skill does not make it the same as the skill.” An example he give is pull ups to improve swimming performance. In swimming you are constantly grabbing hold of the water over your head or out in front of you. You aim to get a good grip on the water in order to propel yourself forward. The pull up or chin up is the same. You grab the bar and pull yourself up over the bar. Ideally you would continue and eventually end up holding the bar and it at your thighs.
So for swim training on land, the chin up, combined with the parallel bars tricep dip is where the swim action and land exercise is relevant and specific. David Joyce is Sports Medicine and Performance Consultant for Team China.
Over the last two weekends Patrick McKenna and Damien Murray have been competing in the Athy and Newry Triathlons. Both men have performed very well finishing with times that see them at the front of the field on each occasion. Well done lads and good luck and stay injury free during the summer.