I'm a triathlete, why do we have to swim in all styles?

Triathletes usually only practice crawling style in their workouts

It is possible that practically the 100% of your swimming workouts only include the crawl style, but from today we hope to open your perspective and training bag including other styles

We have reasons from all areas to encourage you to practice other styles to the point of getting comfortable when you practice them, so be careful:


The style braza, and even that of back, they can help you in a compromised situation in open waters. Both are good resources for keep afloat efficiently if you need to place the material, orient yourself, ask for help, take a breath because you feel overwhelmed or dizzy, etc. Therefore the domain of the styles is related to the domain of the aquatic environment.

You will combine the muscles of the swimming action. Although swimming requires practically all the muscles, the technical characteristics of each style demand greater activity of certain muscles. The fact of practicing several styles will allow you to rest those muscles that are requested more frequently and to work others less required.

You will overcome the monotonous workouts that get bored and make you lose your motivation when you do not have variation in the exercises. New challenges and stimuli increase your motivation and avoid stagnation (beginning of the training variety).

Butterfly style

The learning of mariposa it will require greater strength, technique and body control, aspects that will undoubtedly have a positive influence on swimming.

Back style

The style back It has many similarities with the crawl style only that changing from ventral to dorsal position. It is a good resource to practice the roll, the traction and the kick.

The exercises of combining the kick of one style with the stroke of another are perfect for working the coordination, key aspect in the aquatic environment to maintain swimming efficiency.

Crol Style

The crawl style should be your main training objective if you are a triathlete, but include exercises and series of other styles can help you improve your main style of competition.

Laura García Cervantes

Dra. Science of Physical Activity and Sport

Club Trikatlón Tres Cantos Sports Director

Triathlon and Swimming Senior Trainer

Paratriathlon Specialist Trainer

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