Training for Water Polo, by Dr. Ben Ramaley

To excel at water polo, a good player needs stamina and speed as much as raw strength. However, there is no one area that a player should focus on. Meet with a personal trainer and draft a schedule that concentrates on each aspect individually. To stay limber for workouts and polo play, perform stretches that work your entire body.

To improve stamina and agility, put together a jump rope program, performing an increasing number of sets and rotations as your proficiency increases. Lifting weights helps improve overall strength. Try lifting every other day, then performing stamina-oriented workouts on off days.

Lastly, your workout need not be intensive year-round, but try to visit the gym at least three days out of every week.

About the Author: Outside his career in gynecology and obstetrics, Dr. Ben Ramaley enjoys physical activities, including water polo, and serves on the Greenwich Water Polo Board of Directors.

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