Most training for water sports involves hours in the pool, and miles and miles of lap swimming. However, there is evidence to suggest that replacing some of that pool time with targeted gym work can yield benefits.
Certain exercises - for example cable work for the shoulders, pull-ups, dips - have been demonstrated to improve swimming performance, and reduce the risk of injury.
In addition, pool work is not always an efficient way to get rid of excess fat - for this reason, swimmers often turn to running when they need to shift some excess weight.
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