I used to swim a long time ago and after a break of several years, I took it up again about 6 months ago. However, my triceps (i.e the lateral part of the back of my upper arms) still get fatigued very easily even after 2 or 3 50m lengths. I'm sure this is because of a technique issue.. what could be the cause and what can I do to correct it?

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    It's impossible to diagnose your technique on the basis of the information provided, but I have recently started following some Swim Smooth programmes, and think they're awesome (no connection other than as a customer). Either that, or pay a swimming coach.
    – NPE
    Jan 7, 2015 at 17:06
  • What kind of information do you need?
    – mahela007
    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:21
  • Realistically, the only way for anyone to assess your swimming technique is by seeing it, either in person or on video.
    – NPE
    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:48
  • I swim several days per week as part or triathlon training and I also do weight training. I have never had problems with any arm muscle group while swimming. Maybe give strength training a try. Jan 14, 2015 at 0:25

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Obviously your stlye needs to be checked etc.

But also at the end of each lap, hop out and do some push ups with arms close to side of your body (not out wide / as in normal push up position) so that you focus on your triceps...do this several times. It will greatly improve overall fitness and strengthen your upper body especially tri's.

plus make sure you are fully hydrated before and after and diet is getting plenty of magnesium and potassium and vitamin c etc.


Start strengthening your triceps with higher repetition work for endurance. Dips and close grip push ups are great. Outside of that, hire a coach to assess your technique.

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