Workouts Without Water: Staying In Competition Shape Minus The Pool

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Just about everybody is hoping pools don't close (or stay closed) for the summer due to the continued fallout from COVID-19. We know summer without the water can be a difficult task for many, especially parents with kids, but you know who needs the water most of all? Swimmers, that's who. 

We don't just love the water because we can sit in a floaty and enjoy a can of Perrier — we love to compete. Of course, training has been difficult for many of us these last few months. Luckily, USA Swimming has been putting out regular workouts, minus the pool, from some of the most decorated American swimmers out there. 

Here are a few to keep you going until we can all jump back in.

1. Working the core with Jacob Pebley

Four-time World Championships medalist Jacob Pebley shows you how to keep strengthening your core, something that's uber-important for swimmers. The former Cal Bear does a great job clearly explaining the workout, and you can do it from just about anywhere.



2. From head to toe with Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel had a pretty amazing Olympic Games in Rio with two golds and two silvers — not to mention the double-digit count she'd already logged at the World Championships — so we think she knows what she's doing. This workout gets your whole body going.



3. The 'Deck of Cards' with Ryan Held

A key member of the 2016 Rio 4x100 men's freestyle group that won gold, Ryan Held has brainstormed one extremely difficult workout here with what he calls the "Deck of Cards." We're gonna be sore after this one . . . 



4. This one ends with a tough kicker

Freestyle and backstroke specialist Kathleen Baker gives a thorough workout example that doesn't really need equipment and ends with a pretty dang difficult feat — let us know if you can get it all done.



5. Katie Ledecky dispenses some wisdom

OK, so this isn't a workout, but we can't be expected to exercise 24/7 during quarantine, can we? Sharpening the mental game in swimming can be just as important as the physical component of the sport, so listen to one of the best American swimmers of all time as she gives you some tips on getting better.



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Eddie Reese, head coach of swimming and diving at the University of Texas, is a walking legend. 

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The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

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While the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be officially postponed, there’s no reason to stop watching swimming. To tide you over before next summer’s festivities in Tokyo, we’ve gathered some of our favorite memories from the past 20 years of Olympics to help you stay in the mood for international competition. 

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Swimmer's Ear: What Is It and How To Treat It

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Whether you're a competitive or leisure swimmer, a bad case of Swimmer's Ear can ruin a perfectly good time.

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2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Officially Postponed

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The International Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Japan have officially decided to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games as reported in an article by Mokoto Rich, Matt Futterman, and Tariq Panja of the New York Times.

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Depth Proves Successful En Route to B1G Titles

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Bloomington, INDIANA - The Big Ten Conference crowned swimming and diving champions during the last two weekends. Competing first in Iowa City, the women deviated from previous years as Ohio State won by nearly 200 points. This past weekend in Bloomington, the men produced many great finishes and a Michigan victory. 

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