That’s not all: also in Glasgow Alessandro Miressi, also known as Mirex or Drago, won a silver in the relay 4x100m freestyle and a bronze in the 4x100m. Going back again, when Miressi was of age or little more, he won a parade of silver medals at European and World 50m Championships and at the Mediterranean Games.
However, if you think about it, it really is like that: what matters is to go faster than the others.
How much do I train? I do 9/10 workouts plus 3 gym sessions per week. Two and a half hours a day in the pool, every day. All year round.
“I started at primary school - Miressi recalls - and I loved swimming because I really like competition, the direct challenge: competing with other people amuses me. I don't know how to explain it well”. To put it bluntly: "I just enjoy swimming", he concludes.
What’s next for our Alessandro Mirex Miressi? The World Swimming Championships, from 12 to 28 July 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea: we will sure hear about him.
Swimmer’s workout: from the amateur to Miressi
Complete as it may be, for Alessandro Miressi and many other professional and amateur swimmers, swimming is only part of the weekly training routine. In fact, swimming is a cardio sport, so it is a sport of physical endurance and, excluding sprints in the water, it does not provide for targeted strength training.
To overcome this, according to Miressi himself, gym training is fundamental, comoosing the other half of his routine schedule
Strength training: the advantages for the swimmer
- Better control and activation of your body
- Increased power
- Exponential increase and maintenance of muscle strength
Related to the increase in power, those who practice strength training not only have an exponential increase in their muscle mass, but they also maintain it, preventing muscle mass “erosion” by pool training.
Training like Alessandro Miressi: 3 swimmers' exercises for muscle strength training
Low rower with wide grip
Horizontal Leg Press
Grasp the support handles, contract your abdominal muscles and push the platform away with your heel and forefoot. Heels should remain flat on the platform. While exhaling, stretch your legs and keep your head and back flat against the seat cushion. Extend with slow control rather than explosive movement.