The purpose of this study was to review the literature on the relationship between dry-land resistance training and swim start performance in competitive swimming. It is common practice in competitive swimming to use dry-land resistance training to increase muscular strength and power. Given the explosive nature of the swim start, it would appear that high levels of lower body muscular strength and power are necessary to enhance this component in swimming. Performance in total body jumping exercises shared a stronger relationship to start performance than single joint exercises. This may reflect the requirement for force and power to be developed across multiple joints in the swim start.
Thng, Shiqi; Pearson, Simon; and Keogh, Justin
"THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DRY-LAND RESISTANCE TRAINING AND START PERFORMANCE IN COMPETITIVE SWIMMING: A BRIEF REVIEW,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 224.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/224