What do you call a hand-to-hand fight of big wave surfers, NFL stars, professional swimmers and veterinarians of the armed forces vying for control of a foam toy on the bottom of a pool? Underwater torpedo.
The Prime Hall is located at the end, holding an elongated children's toy, while two professional footballers are gripping his ankles and an MMA fighter is blocking his waist with one body. Hall shakes them off, turns them over and starts the toy through the small gate at the bottom of the pool – all with one breath. Hall, a former Marine Corps officer, is the founder of the Underwater Torpedo League, the professional of a sport similar to submerged rugby (see rules below). "It can look like an all-rounder," says Hall. "But it's controlled chaos."
Underwater torpedo requires conditioning, endurance and calm ̵
Training in the water
The Underwater Torpedo League – currently eight teams – is based on the west coast, but ad hoc games appear in the United States. Newcomers need a high level of basic fitness, including sport-specific preparation. But this sophisticated pool routine, developed by Hall, is effective for anyone looking to improve their fitness. Try it once a week, and if you are not a strong swimmer, do it under the watchful eye of a lifeguard.
Build Lung Capacity: Freestyle Airway
Take two of the following laps of 30 seconds, pausing between laps: 100m freestyle swimming, every 2 strokes on the first 25 meters, 4 strokes on the second 25 meters, 6 strokes on the third 25 meters and 8 strokes on the last 25 meters. Focus on efficiency and use a relaxed and methodical beating frequency all the time. As you get stronger and more comfortable, add more laps, up to 5 at a time.
For Explosive Power: Burpee Bottom Out
Stand at the edge of the pool end. Step into the water with your body in a straight line to sink to the bottom of the pool. Land in a crouch and touch your hands down. Push hard through your feet to get to the surface as quickly as possible. Climb out of the pool and repeat 9 repetitions. As you get stronger, add repetitions until you reach 20.
Strengthening the upper body: gutters
Jump into the deep end, then paddle to the side and grab the edge of the pool. Hold on, take a deep breath, and go under water. Lock your arms so that your body is parallel to the pool wall. Pull your chin to the edge with a quick movement and lift your upper body out of the water as if you were coming out of the pool – hands on the pool deck, arms outstretched, shoulders over hands, belly touching the pool edge. 1 Carefully lower the repetition into the water. Repeat up to 30 repetitions in total or until exhaustion.
Improve VO2 Max
Drop a heavy barbell (30 to 50 pounds) into the deep end of the pool. Take a deep breath, inhale through your mouth, and then continue through your nose to open your diaphragm and fill your entire chest. Step into the water with pointed toes and stretch your arms over your head to get to the bottom of the pool and grab the barbell. Lean forward and walk along the pool floor as long as possible (as shown). Let the air out gradually to extend the time under water and drop the barbell and surface if necessary. Let it rest for up to 5 minutes and repeat. Start with 2 repetitions and build up to 4 repetitions. On the last repetition, move the barbell to the flat end to remove it from the pool.
rules in the pool
Two teams of 11 play swimming pool at a depth of 14 feet. Five players per team are allowed in the pool. When the whistle sounds, both teams vie for the torpedo that sank in the middle of the pool. The goal is to score through a small goal (approx. 18 x 24 inches) and prevent the opposing team from doing just that. Any appearance when holding the torpedo is punished. Players must therefore go to a teammate before rising to the surface to take a breath. Maneuvers such as casters, front and back flips as well as pushing off the pool walls help the players to avoid defenders and advance the torpedo. Defensive players can attack, pull and fight to free the torpedo. However, kicking, hitting, choking and gripping goggles or swimsuits is illegal. Substitute players stand on the edge of the pool and are ready to type for gassed teammates. There is no specific goalkeeper. The first team to score five goals in one game wins. Games are the best of three games.
Underwater torpedo by numbers:
- Average game time: 10 minutes
- Average time under water per game: 25 seconds
- The number of games added to a game: 3
- The time that Regroup players between games: 5 minutes
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