training advice from michael phelps

THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST REVEALS HOW HE STAYS IN RACE-READY FORM

By Dean Stattmann

Embrace Drills
Long swims are great for improving your endurance, but try other drills for speed and form. “For me, some of the most effective drills focus on vertical kicking and underwater kicking,” Phelps says. “It’s painful, but very effective. Another important drill for me is sculling [a stroke in which you move your arms back and forth in small figure eights]. It really helps me maintain my feel for the water.”

Get in Gear
Ramp up your pool workout by incorporating new training tools into your routine. “I use a bunch of Speedo training gear, like kickboards, pull buoys, training paddles, and snorkels,” Phelps says. “I’ll also listen to music during some of my longer workouts with H20 Audio’s waterproof headphones.”

(Read full story at Men’s Fitness)

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