Resistive Equipment is initially easier to handle because the water is not fighting to push it to the surface.
When using Resistive equipment for upper body strengthening it is easier to keep it under the water and maintain control through both the work and rest phase of the movement. This allows for better body alignment and less stress on the shoulders. The work phase can be powered through good ROM while the return phase can be slowed to allow good positioning for the next repetition. Be sure to warm up carefully. Avoid doing too much upper body fatigue too soon in a program. Use the anchor position and warm up the muscles of the legs using bicycle, jax and cross-country moves. Incorporate smaller slower moves to begin, gradually increasing Range of Motion. The large muscles of the legs generate heat to help with thermoregulation. Add arm movements to work in sync with the legs
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