Elite athletes push their bodies hard during the competitive season. Current training regimens require professional athletes to stay in shape year-round, so the smartest athletes switch their fitness routines to a totally different activity to keep themselves mentally fresh. They also look for ways to resolve physical imbalances and restore the residual effects of former injuries.
Lynda Huey’s water workouts have been a staple in the crosstraining programs of many runners, basketball players, tennis players, and other athletes since 1983. By running hard in the forgiving, gravity neutral environment of water, athletes retain speed, aerobic, and anaerobic fitness, yet impact eliminated. And since running is the central skill of many sports, improved running form, which is easily gained in the water, translates back to the primary sport.
Emeka Okafor is the most recent professional athlete to take advantage of Lynda Huey’s training methods.