Today’s sports performance training is ever increasing. Any marathon runner, tri-athlete, or runner of any sorts can tell you that repetitive road training sessions can take a physical toll on the body. SwimRVA has created a specialized program called SwimRVA Running University using an aquatic approach to enhance long term fitness and reduce the overall risk of running-related injuries. Dr. Debbie Kelo states “With Running University we offer a way for both seasoned athletes and novice runners to increase cardiovascular endurance through cross-training. We also build on this program by offering injured athletes a way to recover and get back to running as quickly as possible.”
Aqua running, a training method common among elite track and field competitors, allows athletes to maintain their fitness through challenging endurance workouts in the pool – a zero- impact environment with added resistance from the water. SwimRVA worked with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team through clinics to show the benefits of aqua running. Sean Cusack wrote “Aqua [running] is an excellent cross-training option or a great substitute for shorter weekly runs.”
Aqua running boasts many benefits including the ability to use it as a rehabilitative option for injured athletes. You encounter resistance during your training since water is thicker than air. The buoyancy of the water allows you to complete a challenging “run” without the wear from on-ground running. “If you’re a runner, it is a great option to add to your training regimen – especially if you are recovering from an injury associated with running,” says Steve Barsamian.
The SwimRVA Running University offers multiple training sessions during the week:
Pilates – Tuesday and Thursday: 7 – 8 p.m.
Strength Training – Monday: 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Suspension Training – Wednesday: 6 – 6:45 p.m
Aqua Running – Tuesday and Thursday: 6 – 7 a.m. or 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.