Sculling Backwards


You guys. I’m seriously still laughing about this morning’s masters swim workout. While it was insanely difficult (3300 yrds total), it was absolutely hilarious because we spent a good deal of time doing these drills called sculling backwards.

I mean seriously, just look at this…

It is NO joke, dude. Yeah sure that dude makes it look easy, but for a rookie like me I was a hot mess. The first time down the lane, my lane-mate and I had no idea what to expect so about 5 seconds in, we both just started cracking up because I’m telling you, it’s awkward and silly looking. Imagine an entire pool doing those. We were running into eachother and my head kept sinking and I had no idea how hard it would be on my core!

This sculling drill works your core like no body’s business. I mean for REAL. My abs were burning and screaming and it took every once of my being to keep from laughing because any distraction would send me sinking to the bottom of the pool.

I must have inhaled half the pool’s water, which just made sculling that much harder as you can imagine gargling and choking on water doesn’t make for very fluid motion.

Needless to say, I’m probably going to be crazy sore tomorrow for my long run. I hope the snow melts off the trails in time!


5 Comments Add yours

  1. the dawn says:

    for reals! the moment i saw it i thought “man that would KILL the core!” yeowza! but i’m sure the benefits are totally worth it. i seriously love that you keep sharing about this class. even though i still haven’t made it to a pool, i feel like i’m learning so much :)

  2. rand says:

    Even the guy in the video looked to be “coordination challenged” and had me lol. Wish I could have seen you trying for the first time.

  3. Maggie says:

    Sculling mimics the rowing technique on a one-man boat, google that and is less awkward-looking.

    In crew, same idea and silly motions but now balancing on a tongue depressor.

  4. Wow! That looks hard! Good luck with your long run!

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