DALY Tip 1: Core Stability and Shoulder Mobility
You can’t shoot a cannon out of a canoe. The more stable your core (canoe) the more mobile and powerful your cannons (arms and legs)
These dryland drills combine core stability with shoulder mobility setting the foundation for a powerful upper body stroke.
Suggestion for all exercises below: 4 sets of 6 repetitions each side.
Remember to do it slowly and with full focus. If 6 repetitions each side seems too hard and you cannot do all repetitions with good quality, we suggest fewer repetitions. Quality over quantity!
DALY Tip 2: Cross Body Stabilisation
Building off of the 2 beat kick pattern, you can begin increasing your kick and stroke tempo, placing greater demands on your cross body stabilisation and power, loading one side, while swinging or counterbalancing with the other.
Our bodies produce force by loading and transferring energy from opposite hip to opposite shoulder. Walking, swimming, throwing, all involve loading one side, and transferring force through rotation to the opposing free side. Here are several loading examples you can do in the gym that enhance your ability to alternate force left to right through rotation.
DALY Tip 3: Dive and turns
Power up your starts and turns, and tap into your inherent athleticism by adding more jumping and plyometric exercises to your dryland routine.
DALY Tip 4: Thoracic Mobility Drills to help improve rotation and symmetry in your freestyle