By: Haven Shepherd, in partnership with Jolyn
Last summer, we caught up with Haven Shepherd as she continues to train for her shot at the 2021 Summer Paralympic team for swimming. At just 17 years old, Haven has already made a huge impact in the aquatics community. She inspires everyone she encounters with her positivity and seemingly boundless energy! Sporting her favorite Jolyn workout outfits, she shared some of her top exercises that target all of the muscles she works on strengthening for competitive swimming using SPRI workout equipment. Haven is lucky that during the pandemic she has been able to train privately in her local CrossFit gym, but all of these exercises can also be done easily at home, with the right equipment. You can find her workout regime below.
15 Banded Lat Pulldowns
45 second Handstand Hold
Banded Lat Pulldowns
It’s very important to engage the muscles between the shoulder blades for good back and shoulder health. Lat Pulldowns provide muscle mind connection to the Rhomboids. Upper back strength is critical for swimmers to help develop a powerful pull through the water. The SPRI Total Body Resistance Band Kit allows you to pick the resistance that works best with your level of strength.
One of the best core stabilization exercises is the handstand hold. It requires stability in the shoulders, mobility in the thoracic spine, and also requires you to stay tight in the abdominals and glutes for better positioning. Shoulder stability and strengthening is critical for swimmers for injury prevention, it is something all swimming should practice daily. Use the SPRI Bi-Fold Mat for cushioning and support during your handstand holds.
10 Pushups on Balance Disc
10 Kettlebell Swings
10 Weighted Roll-Ups
Hip hinging is one of the most difficult functions of body movement that people struggle with. Maintain a tight back position and extend the hips into a neutral position while maintaining active midline and glute muscles. This exercise helps with balance, and training fast twitch muscles. I do this exercise with the SPRI Kettlebell to help strengthen all of the muscles I use on flip turns!
Pushups on the Balance Xerdisc
Pushups are still the king of pressing exercises. A great way to also make it a core stabilizing movement is by adding an unstable foundation under one hand, making the athlete focus on staying tight throughout the whole motion. The SPRI Xerdisc is the perfect workout tool to accomplish this type of movement.
This exercise helps with both core strength, and upper back strength and posture. It’s so important to have a soft surface for this exercise to help support your spine, and the SPRI Bi-Fold Mat is perfect! Make sure to engage your core as you roll up, and keep your shoulders down, and not scrunched to your ears when you hit the top. Engage your upper back muscles to sit as high as you possibly can, while keeping your core tight. Make sure to slowly roll back down, engaging those core muscles again and not flopping onto the mat.
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