Why flip turns are important for triathlete training.
“Well I’m a triathlete, I swim in open water. Flip turns don’t help me”, “can’t do flip turns in the open water. Why learn them?” I know this seems logical but guess what?…it’s not. You are a triathlete, you are three components in one…you are a swimmer, cyclist, and runner. You abide by the rules of training as cyclists and running. So why not by swimming? Swimmers do flip turns in training. It produces a fluid workout, which helps increase endurance which actually helps in cycling and running. If you have a swim workout that says “200 warm up” and you swim a 25 and then pause, grabbing the wall to turn, it kills the endurance factor. Flip turns require core muscles and breath control. Building core muscles is essential to endurance sports. Breath control is also essential to endurance sports. It’s a win win.
Coach Mina Whitmer
BNG Performance Coach
USMS Certified Coach