CrossFit for Swim Training

By Laura Matuszak

In CrossFit, Sports Applications, Videos

February 07, 2012

Video Article

In Vermont, there is no high-school swimming, so in the Burlington area, students go to Green Mountain Aquatics on the campus of Saint Michael’s College.

Laura Matuszak has been there for 15 years. She owns and operates the USA Swimming club, and she’s also the head coach. The team, which competes as far away as California, began doing CrossFit as part of its so-called “dry-land training” in the last year and a half. It’s a great departure from previous conditioning work that included 20 minutes of running and 3 sets of 10 of basic exercises.

According to Matuszak, the swimmers, who range in age from 6 to 20, got into it pretty easily.

“There’s no doubt their measurable strength changes,” she says. “They have such a greater, broader range of movement that they’re confident with and they’re comfortable with. I think they have a better understanding of their body and how it works, and that’s always going to help them eventually push their limits.”

She adds: “I think we’re giving these kids athletic potential that we’re going to see … in the future.”

Video by Again Faster.

12min 55sec

Additional reading: Pukie at the Pool by Roy Wallack and Brian Nabeta, published April 18, 2009.

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7 Comments on “CrossFit for Swim Training ”


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sums up everything!!!


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Laura, you are my hero:)


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Laura you're awesome! Keep it up GMA!! :)


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I swam through college and that is the kind of coach I wish I had.


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I am an assistant high school swim coach. I am trying to incorporate Crossfit into our preseason and dryland work to make our swimmers better. This video is a great help!


replied to comment from Greg Dontchos

If only Greg.


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Great video, I have similar plans for our swim team and this is great to see! Thanks!

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