I know a lot of my triathletes only want to swim freestyle. “That’s all I complete” they tell me. Here is my very simple answer to them. Swimming only one stroke, most typically freestyle, the strain on the muscles needs to be changed up. By doing only one motion hundreds or even thousands of times a week leaves us open to uneven muscle development which can lead to injury
Short and to the point. You are setting yourself up for injury! Still not convinced to train multiple strokes? Training multiple strokes makes you a faster freestyler. I have all my distance freestylers train IM. Forcing the muscles to meet the changing demands of the different strokes makes you stronger in all of them.
So, just in case you were wondering… train multiple strokes.
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