Here's some explanations.
Incline Hammer Strength Chest Press
Chest exercises are definitely important for swimming, and breastroke is one of my faster events, so developing the chest is key. My coach has seen way too many injuries from traditional benching as well.
Standing Pull Downs
Not only is training the back important, but this exercise increases the power of the underwater pulldown after a dive in breastroke, a super important first step that can make or break a race.
Narrow Grip Seated Row
My main event is backstroke, so it's another one to train up those muscles. BACK ATTACK!
Seated Shoulder Raises
Shoulders are one of those in between groups. They're important for swimming, but not as important as others. Still, it's great to train in order to get a well rounded physique.
Standing Tricep Press
This also emphasizes the pulldown, and trains the biggest part of the arm.
Seated One Arm Curls
Bicep curls... pretty standard. not much to say there.
Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs
yet another to train that back! these ones are seated, and almost mimics the first part of the butterfly stroke. while butterfly is one of my weakest strokes, (one i only swim in the individual medley, where you swim one lap of each stroke) if you keep a consistent and fast pace, since it is the first lap, it won't take a toll on my race, and i can come back with the other strokes.
Not weighted, just to warm up my legs for the next set of exercises.
Seated Quad Extensions
Quadriceps aren't as important in the long axis strokes like freestyle and backstroke, but in the asymmetrical stokes, butterfly and breastroke, they are the most vital. In the dolphin kick, for streamlines (applying to freestyle and backstroke) and butterfly, the kick is initiated here. You're fastest off the wall in a streamline and off the blocks into a streamline, so dolphin kick is crucial, and you have to develp quads. Quads are the main muscle group for the breastroke kick as well.
Good hamstrings make better legs. Straight forward and simple.
Seated Leg Press
All turns, whether open, or flipturns, require you to be powerful off the wall. Leg pressing is almost identical to pushing off the wall after doing a turn, so it's a well rounded exercise.
I hope this provided a little more insight why i'm not doing the traditional exercises like most other people on the forum. I'll give you guys a look on the swimmer lifestyle if ya want. again, open to any advice.
Official food log and training log is next!