Partner Pulling
Partner Pulling

Swimming: Partner Pulling Drill & Relay

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

Partner Pulling will develop your swimmers' upper body strength in a way that's very specific to the front crawl. It also makes for some fun relays.

The Drill
Divide your swimmers into pairs, and have each swimmer place a pull buoy between their ankles. This keeps their feet up and prevents them from using their legs.

Have Swimmer #1 push off from the wall and begin to front crawl down the lane using only the arms. Swimmer #2 grabs the ankles of Swimmer #1 and just hangs on, providing resistance. Once they reach the opposite wall, the partners switch positions.

You can have some fun by making a relay out of this drill, with groups of two to four pulling each other for one length each, and the first team to complete four lengths winning the relay.

1. Paul Hoblin, Girls Play to Win Swimming & Diving, Norwood House Press, 2011.
2. “Working out together: Drills for groups.” United States Masters Swimming Website. January 2000.

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