speed in pool exercises v/s shaving down

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    Feb 23, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    Do water polo players ever shave down for matches?
    What exercises increse speed for swimming with yer head above water?
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    Feb 23, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    I used to play competitively and still play from time to time.... Yes, i was always totally shaved for matches - it does make a difference in the water.

    I don't understand your second question.
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    Feb 23, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    speedodude saidDo water polo players ever shave down for matches?
    What exercises increse speed for swimming with yer head above water?


    What fitsportsman said, as for your second question no one who respected the sport of swimming would swim with their head above the water. That shit is for water polo.
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    Feb 23, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    I personally never really shaved, it didn't do much of a difference to me. It only matters if you particularly good at what you do. Someone who get's 45 seconds on their 50 free isn't going to cut down 5 seconds from shaving.

    As for water polo, the constant state of mobility, shaving could provide a slight difference.

    As for your second question, swimming with your head up is already a good drill to run if you're not working for time, which you are not, right?
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    Feb 24, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    I've played water polo for 14 years now, including collegiate, and have never known anyone to shave for matches. The potential drag reduction is so negligible in your 15yd (or up to 20m, depending on the pool) sprint, that it really won't make a difference. If someone beats you in a turnover, it isn't because they shaved and you didn't - it's because they're a faster swimmer.

    Develop your legs and core, so that less of your body is dragging through the water when your head is up. Swimming comes from the legs and core first, and arms last.
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    Feb 24, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    For speed, try some sprint training:

    Three sets of six - Swim all out for 25 yards or meters; rest 45 seconds between each of the six lengths and then repeat the set two more times with a 2 minute rest between each of the three sets.
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    Feb 24, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    No shaving. That is only for elite swimmers not water polo players. There is a check for fingernail and toenail lengths.
    Eggbeaters are good for getting you out of the water. Other exercises promote and fast take offs but not for long distance swim speed.
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    Feb 24, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    I didn't think shaving down would make any differance at all.
    A younger guy who swims competitvely & also plays water polo with us
    was talking about it so I figured I'd ask.
    I've been doing sprint drills for swimming with my head above water which is foreign to me as I've always done freestyle sprints on swim teams with head down & rotating breathing. Missed a pass because I waas head down & the coach corrected me.
    Any and all tips & water polo exercise drills would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Feb 27, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    I played H20-polo in high school and college and never shaved for games. I never saw any of my teammates shave either.

    To build speed in the water a variety of strength training methods can be utilized, including in-the-water specific resistance training, body weight exercises, resistance band exercises, free weights and machine weights. Some of what my college coach taught us included:

    * Every day in the water resistance training (sprints, resistance cord exercises, heavy balls, etc)

    * Year around rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer strength training using resistance cords and dumbbells.

    * In season circuit training program utilizing resistance cords, body weight exercises and dumbbells.

    * Off-season dry-land resistance training program utilizing free-weight and machine- based moderate (2 sets of 8-12 repetitions) weight exercises that are specific to water polo and that incorporate both pushing and pulling types of exercises.



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    Feb 27, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    We used to practice water polo in the nude, and no one shaved anything. Don't think the pubic hair slowed any of us down, eithericon_smile.gif
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    Feb 27, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    I'm thinking that the OP's intentions are for water polo only, and not competitive swimming.

    I don't think his concern with shaving has anything to do with speed during a match. I've only played polo a couple of times non-competitively, but I'm guessing the shaving for water polo has to do with the ability to grab a hold of someone, not speed. So for that reason, I think shaving would be a good idea.

    As for speed drills for swimming with your head out of the water, do just that. Combine nabob7729's tips with having your head out of the water and you're good to go.
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    Feb 27, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    I played water polo for a couple years and never shaved but I'm not that hairy. You need to be able to sprint from time to time but I don't think at regular levels it would make much of a difference. If you're going out for the National team.....sure.