USA Artistic Swimming leads flexibility session for Olympians and Olympic hopefuls

By Emily Falkenberg, USA Artistic Swimming, Communications Coordinator | April 15, 2020, 1:01 p.m. (ET)

Tuesday, the USA Artistic Swimming Senior and Junior National Teams held an open flexibility workout for 75 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls around the country to get moving, stretch out their muscles in a relaxed environment while getting to know more about the athletes vying for the same Olympic dream.  

USA Artistic Swimming Head Coach, Andrea Fuentes, is using this time away from the pool to unite with athletes around the world and encourage each other to stay motivated and stay moving during this time. Tuesday, athletes from 25 National Governing Body organizations took to their living rooms for the 45 minute stretching workout which is something Fuentes said was so powerful to connect with so many Team USA athletes. only hopes to continue and see grow as long as they remain inside. 

"Connecting with other Team USA athletes was such a positive experience,” Fuentes said “We are all under the same circumstances, some athletes are practicing on their own and they expressed their gratitude to be feel a part of a team for once. We are even more excited that many of the athletes asked for the workout so they can repeat it in their home workouts well.” 

You can add this stretching workout into your at home plan too. Find a brief overview below and start your workout here

1. General warm up with music 20 minutes   
2. Hamstring stretching   
3. Gluteus amplitude exercise   
4. Splits exercises (right, left, middle)   
5. Back warm up + arch flexibility   
6. Shoulder flexibility   
7. Little fun time: "Pretending to do Artistic Swimming" + Quarantine challenge 

Follow the USA Artistic Swimming National Team Instagram for live workouts every Monday through Saturday.