Why Yoga Takes Swimming to the Next Level

Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr., 10-time World Record Holder, 3-time Olympian, 1976 Olympic Games US Flagbearer and The Race Club co-founder.

The Race Club has been practicing yoga for swimmers during dryland training for years. Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming. In this intense 20 minute Vinyasa flow yoga practice, you will find yourself mimicking body rotation in freestyle and backstroke by stacking the shoulders, strengthening core muscles that will improve your ability to make faster turns and improve your breathing capabilities that will surely make you a stronger swimmer. We will do poses that open up the chest and shoulders creating a counter balance to the repetitive swimming motions in shoulder and back muscles that cause a hunched forward posture. Keep in mind that with all these poses, there are modifications that can be used and we recommend using a yoga block for support. Each swimmer has their own needs in the pool, in dryland training, mental training, nutrition and recovery.

Gary Hall, Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach of The Race Club (courtesy of TRC)

Gary Hall, Sr., Technical Director and Head Coach of The Race Club (courtesy of TRC)

Richard Hall and The Race Club created this Yoga for Swimmers Shoulder sequence for you to follow along at home or practice with your team. So roll out your mat and get ready to sweat with elite athletes and Olympians; Rebecca Soni, Roland Schoeman, Junya Koga, Lexie Kelly and Zach Hayden led by Amy Hall from The Race Club. No matter your level or ability, we believe yoga for shoulders can benefit your swimming and general well being. Just like in the pool, we advocate correct technique over forced, and sloppy form. Remember to breathe with each movement, allowing oxygen to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. If at any time any exercise is too strenuous, rest in child’s pose.

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7 years ago

If you think Yoga is good for swimming, you should really explore Pilates. Ron Fletcher, Joe Pilates, and Z Health. Google it people….life changing!

nina green
8 years ago

hi I’m in Perth Australia is there any were I can buy a video of the vinyasa yoga program for my daughter plse thanks Nina

Amy Hall
Reply to  nina green
8 years ago

HI Nina,

Thanks for commenting. You can watch our yoga videos for free here or on our website: http://www.theraceclub.com/category/videos/

We will have 2 more yoga sequences coming out in the next few months. Thanks for watching! Amy & The Race Club

nina green
8 years ago

Is there a video of the vinyasa flow yoga program I can buy plse for my daughter I live in Perth Australia ! Many thanks Nina green

Col. Trautman
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5 years ago
Joel Lin
8 years ago

Gary Hall Sr. and Jr. have figured out this living life well thing in paradise and are doing some good work.

More Gary Hall Jr. videos please. We miss the Big Lebowski.


Reply to  Joel Lin
8 years ago

Mike G and Chris are genius! Thanks guys!

8 years ago

Very smart addition to swimming in the pool training ; i have practiced yoga for many years too and at 47 , i feel amazingly flexible thanks to those efficient conscious stetching yoga poses .
It is valuable for any type of sport , outdoor activities , physical / mental balance , longevity and overall health . Well thought Mr Hall .