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When you're training for sport, the ideal gym exercise will include movements involved in your sport. The more alike a movement is to your sport more carry-over in training effect there will be from the gym to the sport. For this reason I like this swim kick exercise ball exercise for my scuba diving. Kicking in the water is accompanied by resistance during both the downward and upward movements, Kicking on the ball is only accompanied by resistance in the upward movement of course, due to gravity. However, a lot of the trunk muscle activity accompanying these movements is similar.
Any scuba diver will tell you that heavy kicking, say against a heavy current, can cause some back strain that you'll feel after you get back on the boat. Make sure you also add some good abdominal strengthening to your gym program.
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Try small swim kicks for 1 minute each side.
Try small kicks for 2 minutes,
followed by strong kicks for 1 minute.
Try stronger swim kicks for 2-3 minutes.
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