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Exercises to enhance my diving

Discussion in 'Dive into Fitness' started by EireDiver606, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

    hi guys,

    I’m 5’9 and 75kg (165pounds) and have a history of calisthenics, climbing, running (not much) and now I’m going to the gym doing free weights 6 times a week to increase my strength. I want to focus one day a week for specific scuba related exercises like for lifting and carrying cylinders, carrying heavy gear.

    I know squats, deadlifts and farmer walks are useful but I would like to know if anyone knows specific exercises to target specific muscle groups for things like carrying twinsets etc. any specific adjustments to squats which would target. I’m not really sure what to ask because I don’t know what I don’t know because I’m relatively new to free weights and scuba. All exercises whether weights or calisthenics are welcomed. Is walking up the stairs with a twinset on, good?
  2. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    Weights 6 times a week seem like overtraining to my taste but otherwise you are going in the right direction. Make sure you are good with pull-ups and bench press cause this helps on the boat ladders.
  3. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    How about some swimming? Or yoga so you can reach your valves easily?
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  4. hilljo88

    hilljo88 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: nyc
    Core exercises are just as important for lifting and helping to avoid back strain. ALso, hamstring strengthening exercises like SLDL....Dont forget stretching.
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  5. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Virginia, USA
    Core work and cardio. Honestly any well rounded exercise routine will be more than 90% of the divers you encounter are doing.
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  6. Manneca

    Manneca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Memphis (TN, not, unfortunately Egypt)
    How about meditation for decreasing your air consumption?
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  7. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

    Yes I was overtraining, couldn’t get great sleep even after waking up at 6am everyday. I am writing this while I have a cold...
  8. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

    Can you list hamstring strengthening exercises?
  9. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    If you want to work out 6 times a week, switch out muscle groups. 3x legs, 3x upper body for example.

    I'd add what I call "inverted situps." Basically, lie down on your stomach and lift your upper body off the ground as far as you can. If you have access to the right combination of bench and a place to hook your legs, you can do this from a 90 degree angle (face and feet down, hips up) up to 180 degrees (head highest, feet lowest). If you've done this a bit, you can hold a light weight behind your head while doing it.

    It's been the cure for any lower back issues I've had. (I don't ordinarily have issues, but when I tweak something this gets me stronger and I don't tweak it again. Then I get lazy and stop doing it, and a year or so later I'll tweak it again....)
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  10. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

    Doing 3 days of legs work out isn’t possible nor healthy.
    I think you mean pull, push, leg, rest, pull, push, leg. This I agree with.

    Thank you that’s a great idea that I will add to the list.

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