Thursday, April 25, 2013

SCUBA Fitness: Keeping Legs Strong for Diving

Over at California Diver, Gretchen M. Ashton (CFT, SFT, SFN, NBFE) gives some tips on keeping your God-given propulsion devices in shape for scuba diving.

When exercising the legs to keep them strong for scuba diving it is important to develop  muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.  The legs must be versatile for diving activities which place unique demands on the body.  During this leg workout divers will benefit from imagining themselves: safely rising from a seated position under the weight of gear; climbing boat ladders; traversing uneven shore terrain; turtling distances on the surface, moving against and across currents; kicking into high gear in an emergency; positioning the body for underwater photography; maintaining overall self-control preventing collisions with reefs and other divers with efficient fin-kick swimming. 
Divers also need to be particularly aware of balanced leg strength to maximize equipment design.  The most ideal set of fins will function better with good muscle balance and biomechanics of the legs.  The focus of this fitness for diving workout is training the muscles of the legs, for strength, endurance and flexibility to aid in proper function of the hip and knee joints. 
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