What do you call the seemingly big wave surfers, NFL Stars, Swimming Pros, and Armed Forces weights to control the foam toys at the bottom of the pool? Underwater torpedo
The prime hall is at the deep end, which has grabbed the ankles of two pro-football players and locked their backs with the MMA’s fighting body. Hall shakes them, flips them back and starts the toy with a small circle at the bottom of the pool – all in one breath. Hall, a former Marine Corps officer, is the founder of the Underwater Torpedo League, a sport that is synonymous with submerged rugby (see Principles below). “It can all be seen for free,” Hall said, “but it’s managed to overcome the chaos.”
Underwater torpedoes require conditioning, endurance and calm, which is why it has become a preferred way for pro athletes to increase their fitness. Here’s how to get involved.
The Underwater Torpedo League, currently the largest of the eight teams, is based in the West Coast, but ad hoc games are popping up across the United States. New Babies will need high baseline fitness, including special sports prep. But this demanding pool routine, which has been developed by the hall, wants to make everyone fit their fitness. Try it once a week, and keep it under guard until you are a strong swimmer.
Make lung space: Freestyle breathing ladder
Perform 2 of the following rounds, with 30 seconds rest between rounds: 100m freestyle swimming, every 2 strokes for the first 25m, 4 strokes for the second 25m, 6 strokes for the third 25m, and 8 Strokes from the last 25 meters. Focus on performance using full time relaxation and procedure stroke rate. When you are stable and comfortable, add up to 5 more rounds at a time.
For explosive power: Burpee down out
Stand at the deep end of the pool. Step into the water, line the sink at the bottom of the pond, make the body a straight line. Get down in a squat and touch your hands to the bottom. Press the feet hard to walk on the surface as soon as possible. Climb out of the pool and repeat for 9 reps. Once you are stable, add representation until you reach the age of 20
Strengthen the upper body: gutter ups
Go to the deep end, then to the pedal and to the edge of the grip pool. Hold the grip, take deep breaths and go underwater, locking the arms so that the body is parallel to the pool wall. In rapid motion, pull the chin to the edge, then wave the torso out of the water as if you were coming out of the pool – hands on the pool deck, arms closed, shoulders, shoulders on the hands, the edges of the lock touching the abdomen. Gently lower into the water for 1 rep. Repeat until 30 reps until total or fatigue.
Improve VO2 Max
Drop the heavy (30 to 50 lb) dumbbell into the deep end of the pool. Take a deep breath while breathing through the mouth, then continue to breathe through the nose to open the diaphragm and fill the chest. Step into the water, point fingers, walk to the bottom of the pool with a broom over your head, and grab a dumbbell. Lean forward as far as you can (as shown) and walk down the pond. Leave a little air in the water to extend the time, and release dumbbells and surfaces when necessary. Rest for 5 minutes and repeat. Start with 2 reps, building up to 4 reps. On the last rep, move the dumbbell shallowly to remove it from the pool.
Rules in the pool
Two 11-foot teams are playing in a 14-foot deep pool. Five players from each team are allowed in the pool at a time. When the whistle blows, the two teams compete against a talpedo that sinks in the middle of the pond. The goal is to score a small goal (approximately 18 by 24 inches) and prevent the opposing team from doing just that. There is a penalty for surfing during a torpedo, so players must go to a teammate before they can get up to breathe. Dominance such as barrel rolls, front and back flips, and advancing pool walls help players avoid defenders and advance torpedoes. Defenders can tackle, pull, and collide in an attempt to fight free from torpedoes. However, it is illegal to kick, punch, choke, and hold on to goggles or swimming suits. Alternative pools stand by the pool, ready to tap the gassed teammates. There is no designated goalkeeper. The first team to score five goals in a match; the games are the best in three matches.
Underwater torpedoes by numbers:
- Average length of a game: 10 minutes
- The average amount spent underwater in each game: 25 seconds
- Number of matches in a game: 3
- Players have to group again between matches: 5 minutes
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