Synchronized Swimming

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Synchro is definitely at least the 2nd hardest sport. Let me explain why.

Swimming is 2nd, and synchro is a combination of swimming and other sports. We swim lengths, and do sprints at EVERY practise. We do tons of unders, and lengths without breathing. We learn to do proper strokes to improve certain muscles.

In 4th there is water polo. Water polo requires an immense amount of leg strength, for eggbeater. Well, guess what? We do NOT touch the bottom, and we can't do lazy eggbeater. We do a million eggbeater drills to get our shoulders out of the water thoroughly the whole routine, even at the end when we feel like dying.

Competition cheerleading is 6th. In synchro, we throw people in the air, but we don't have the ground to stand on. We have to make our own ground by eggbeatering, so it requires more leg strength. I could also debate the fact that water resistance makes it harder to push people with our arms.

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Synchronized swimming is definitely the hardest sport. It requires endurance, flexibility, strength, mental strength, and a lot of determination. If you think synchro is easy, your wrong. Have you ever tred water for hours? Have you ever been pushed into a 2 feet over split? Have you ever had six hour practices every day? Ever been kicked in the face or in the head, but had to keep on swimming with that fake plastic smile? Have you ever had to memorized every move and every count for every routine? Have you ever felt your lungs burning and dying in your chest but knew if you came up your coach would kill you? Have you ever swam sprint free for 20 minutes straight? Have you ever had aches in your toes and knees from extending them too hard? Have you ever had to do all that and live with the fact that people think its easy? Try doing that and let me know how it's going.

And throughout synchro experiences there are so many opportunities to get injured! Like in lifts! When a girl is being tossed on the air while the teammates don't touch the bottom and she's doing 3 flips in the air! There are son many times where she could've landed on another emanate! And. Or only that, but you are CONSTANTLY kicking and hitting was hitting each other! And if you're not then you're not close enough in pattern! And I know an ACTUAL REAL story of an Olympics team lift where this girl had done flip and landed on another girls head and got a severe concussion. And you know what?! She competed at WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 days after! Synchronized swimmers aren't cheesy, or weka, or stupid at all! And you wanna know another example? This Olympian told me one time on a lift this one girl didn't push hard enough so her arms were pulled back by the other girl above her and she ended up pulling 3 muscles! Got out of the pool for an hour and went right back I to finish training! ...more

Synchronized swimming is for sure the hardest sport in the world. The only reason it is so low on the list is that not a lot of people know about it. Ok, so lets just go up from the feet so I can what we need to be strong in.

Feet- we need to have very strong an flexible feet because in almost every part of our sport we point our toes. So imagine yourself sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you and try to get your toes to the ground without bending your knee or pushing with your hands.

Knees/calfs- we need to be able to hyper extend our knees very well for many aspects of synchro. We need very strong legs and calfs ad very flexible knees to be able to do this.

Legs- we nee to use our legs to keep ourselves above water without any help of our arms or the bottom of the pool. We also use our legs to lift people out of the water many feet in the air without touching the bottom.

Hips- we have to be flexible and have splits for all 3 ways and over ...more

Synchronized swimming is only 31st because not a lot of people know about it. Synchro is an extremely demanding sport, and we have to work our butts off at each and every practice. No 'fun' practices, just work, work, work. Synchronized swimming is harder than regular swimming, because we have to be good swimmers too, fast and coordinated. We do laps and laps, contrarily to popular belief. We do sprints, we do anything that will make us faster, stronger, and fitter. But on top of that, we do tons of eggbeater drills, we have to stay on count in routine, count the music, check our pattern, make sure we have good extension, keep our shoulders dry in eggbeater, scull the entire time. Synchro couldn't even be compared to swimming or dance. And I can't believe that competitive dancing is way up in the top ten. Synchro requires every muscle in the body, most of which are never used in life, so that means even more training to get those muscles developed. Synchro is all about body control, ...more

This really should be number 2! The only reason it's so low in this list is because barly anyone does it. Everyone thinks that this sport is just swimming around looking pretty, ITS NOT! We kick each other we knock eachother out under water, we can drown at every practice we have, we break bones burst eardrums and that's what happens under neath the water. How can dancing and ballet and swimming be above this when our sport is all that combined into one! We have amazing breath control, better than pretty much anyone who's reading this unless your a synchronised swimmer, we have the same strength has gymnasts and we are just as flexible as them. At least one person will cry at each practice because it has become to overwhelming and really hard. Their are 9 year olds doing this sport who are overall stronger and fitter than any other child their age who do any sports. We compete in nationals, states, international, world championships and the Olympics. Most of the sports listed above us ...more

If I let my whole team down the would be the worst. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering with my legs we rush up on 1 which is hardcore eggbeatering then on 5 we use all our arm strength to push our base and flyer out of the water. And two counts later we finally get to breathe! We eggbeater keeping ourselves ...more

So I've never actually tried any of the other sports on this list on a serious level so I wouldn't know how difficult they really are. But I can't imagine working harder at anything than I do at synchro. We have to have splits, even oversplits, and if we have to get them by having a 450 pound woman sit on us (I've had that experience way too many times) then we will do that. We have to have a strong core and butt, and keep it tight in everything we do. We have to have strong arms to lift our legs out of the water as high as we can, we don't get to touch the bottom. We have to have strong legs to boost our bodies into the air, and keep them there. We have to have strong breath support because, duh, We go underwater for a minute at a time after having, if we're lucky, 5 seconds to breath right before. And we have to to all that while keeping our movements beautiful, fluid, and precise when all we want to do is JUST. STOP. MOVING. All that pressure, all that work, all the time we could ...more

Synchronized swimming is certainly the most difficult sport (long distance triathlon vying for first). Synchronized swimming requires the flexibility of gymnasts, tenacity of football players, endurance of distance runners, and total body fitness of speed swimmers. Additionally, no sport requires as much kenestetic awareness as synchronized swimming (the argument could be made for synchronized diving or possibly pairs figure skating as exceptions). Ideally synchro is practiced 5+ hours per day 6 days per week with portions of
-land exercises (similar to gymnastic and ballet)
-stretching (which should NOT include people sitting on the athlete contrary to some other posts that is NOT a good way to get splits it is however effective but short lived because injury to joints and muscles slows the ability of an athlete to continue practicing)
-timing and counting
-Extension and posture
-facial expressions while breathing and communicating the theme of the routine (smiling is ...more

Synchronized Swimming is way harder than most people think, I know almost every site says this but that's because it's the truth! You need to be able to swim, dance, cheerlead, and so many other top sports that are the top ten hardest. The only reason why this amazing sport is not in the top ten is because not many people do it. If more people did it and knew how demanding and wonderful this sport was it would be way higher ranked. If you look at any of the national and olympic teams the altheles have so much strength, dedication, stamina, and flexibility. This sport is the endurance of a field sport player, the flexibility of a gymnast or dancer, the strength of a weight lifter and the abilty to make it all look easy while doing it. To combine all these skills into one sport is very hard to do and takes years to train to a level where you can do well. If you look at even the top swimmers they still have flaws. This is a sport where there is no state of perfection. I can't believe ...more

I have tried many sports, and synchro is definitely the hardest. First of all, like most sports, synchronized swimming requires strength and endurance. I am buffer than all the boys at my school, and whenever we do pushup, situp, or any other kind of testing, I beat everyone. Another quality synchronized swimming requires is flexibility like ballet, figure skating, or gymnastics. However, unlike these three sports, you must do most of your routine while holding your breath. It is like running a mile and holding your breath for more than half of it. While basketball players or football players can look sweaty, tired, or sad, synchronized swimmers must look effortless, refreshed, and must always have a presentable face. Because synchro is all about precision and accuracy, we practice so much more than any other sport. On average, I spend about 30 hours in the pool every week. We practice 6 days a week and an average of a little more than four hours each day. A lot of athletes I know ...more

Honestly, synchronized swimming should be ranked in the top ten for sure... NOT 44th! Synchronized swimmers are overall probably the best athletes. They need to be flexible, strong and have INCREDIBLE endurance. Synchronized swimming is a combination of many sports such as gymnastics, dance and of course swimming. Swimmers need to be able to perform 3 min long routines where about about half of the routine is spent under water, holding your breath. If you don't think that's tough, try running as fast as you can without breathing. Plus, as tough as it is, the swimmers need to smile and perform while doing it and make it look as easy as possible. Synchronized swimming is NOT easy and if you don't agree... Try it YOURSELF!

This sport combines so many difficult things but right off the bat you have to remember half of what we do is spent not breathing. You are using your muscles constantly yet you are only allowed to breathe a specific times. And you have to be synchronized switch everyone else. Touch the bottom or wall? Penalty. Get landed on or kicked by a teammate? Keep swimming until you're done or you've let your entire team down. Can't remember the counts? Well you messed everything up.
You have to be flexible and strong. Two things that don't go together as easily as you'd think. Try stretching while activation your muscles. Then add being upside down holding your breathe a foot away from your teammate who is kicking you because they have to be that close as well as being graceful artistic and smiling. That's hard.

Imagine running round a track for 5 minutes straight and holding your breath for 45-60 seconds. Then breathe again for 20 seconds and then hold your breath for another minute continuously until you have finish the 5 minute run. This is what it was like but constantly checking your spacing with the other 7 swimmers in your team and making sure your patterns were perfect. Pouring boiling hot feel time onto your head and when it drys having your hair around your neck pulled out every time you move your head. Also being smacked in the face kicked in the nose whilst underwater and having to continue whilst smiling throughout. Lengths of underwater training and having to return to the start if you
Come up for air before you completed a length underwater, or your personal best. Hours and hours of splits training. Putting your front and back legs on chairs and having your coach pushing your body towards the floor and making you hold it for what seems an eternity! Such a physically ...more

I am in synchro and it is Definitely one of the hardest sports! It should be at least top ten not forty first! It requires so much flexibility, total body strength, grace, and breath control! We are up for 10 seconds then underwater for almost a minute! And we don't just sit underwater, we are in a figure constantly sculling and working extremely hard to get height! In routines and in figures there is no break, you are constantly moving either eggbeater or sculling! And the thing is you watch synchro and it looks so effortless and they have these big fake smiles but if you got in and tried it you would be sorely mistaken! Synchro swimmers train so hard and long, the Russian Olympic team trains 10 hours a day 6 days a week! It is strenuous work and if someone thinks it's easy they should get in and try it!

Synchronized swimming is probably the most grueling sport out there, both physically and mentally. While many people are familiar with the original, "Esther Williams style" of synchro, it's status as a sport has progressed hugely since those days. Granted, it has always been a beautiful style of dance and gracefulness, but the athleticism of the sport has steadily increased since it's creation. In my own experience, I can truthfully say that I, as a synchronized swimmer, train about 2-3 times longer per week than any of my friends in other sports. Not only is it difficult to endure a 6 hour practice (probably only touching the wall a couple of times), but in that time we must also hold our breath for minutes at a time, tread water both rightside up and upside down, attempt to perfectly match every position in a 4-minute routine, and manage to make it all appear effortless. And let me say, it's much easier said than done. The days of "flower caps" and standing on the bottom of the pool ...more

Synchronized swimming is a combination of multiple skills. Endurance, speed, flexibility, rhythm, confidence, creativity, strong swimming skills, and 100%team dedication. As a former swimmer and now a competitive coach I myself have experienced this sport from multiple angles. I have tried many many sports and fell in love what synchro. I believe synchro to be the hardest because it is a lot about anaerobic control. You can't just breathe whenever you want. The routine is like a dance routine, however you are fighting with water resistance. You can't touch the bottom, you can't. Loose count of your music, you can't do whatever the heck you want. You need to be extremely precise on your movements and attend every single practice. As a coach I believe that if you are 100% dedicated and believe in your self you will go far in this sport. To any swimmers: if anyone ever says synchro is easy, take them to the pool and get them to try the "easy skills". They really aren't as easy as they ...more

Synchronized Swimming is one of the hardest if not the hardest sports. You need the stamina of a marathon runner, the strength of the bodybuilders, flexibility of a gymnast, the grace of a ballet dancer, coordination of dancers and lung capacity of a trumpet player. The ladies & girls involved are committed practicing 4-5 hours at a time.
Before a leg is ever lifted outside of the water, they need to learn how to keep their body in certain positions by moving their arms in certain ways called sculls. They need to hold themselves up by kicking or treading water called eggbeater. All of this is not easy and then each age category has 8 different figures they need to know and perform in the figure competitions, which are never televised. These are difficult movements and the figure score counts for 50% of the total score. The other 50% will be the routines. with are all based on figures but coordinated to music. If you compete in a duet, combo, or team all the ladies have to perform ...more

Synchronized swimming is one of those sports that combined a lot of different abilities, plus is underwater PLUS is in a team. When I mean team I mean that you have to move, swim, and breathe at the same time as 7 to 9 other people. The dedication that is required to personally develop an ability for competition is tricky, but when that ability has to be constantly be in sync with others that aren't you, that my friends takes a lot. This is not a one dimension sport. You need strengh to be able to do lifts and sustain yourself in the water as a water polo athlete, you need the stamina and speed like a swimmer to sustain the routines, you need a flawless technique and execution just as any gimnast or ballet dancer have to accomplish in every presentation. This is such a complex sport that I would need a 10000 words essay just to begin understand the kind of work need to be done. Let me share this last picture for you, when I was 15, I was already practicing 9 hours a day on summer and ...more

Synchro would be way up there if it wasn't such an unpopular sport. Contrary to popular belief, it requires a LOT of hard work. I get that gymnastics and regular swimming and basically every spirt out there require a lot of muscle, but when someone tells me how 'easy' they think synchro is, I say 'Do a few laps of eggbeater, then we'll talk. ' Synchro works your muscles just as much as any sport, if not more. For one thing, we practice CONSTANTLY. I think something most people don't realize is that we still speed swim. We do laps before synchro. We do sprints. But then after what exhausts regular swimmers, there's the addition of eggbeater drills, routines, figures, you name it. Our arms are strong for skulling, our core strength has to be incredible, same for our leg muscles. You need all three oversplits. Now add all breath control we need for routines. Imagine you're in a REALLY tight pattern or doing a lift and someone happens to knock of your noseclip. And it's not just the mega ...more

Take any other sport and add bursts and extended periods of breath holding. I dare you. Synchronized swimming is the most difficult sport for this reason alone. But there are many reasons, like the element that you are working in is foreign from our natural state as humans. The competitions are one part that the world see, but the training required to be an world competitive Synchronized Swimmer is where we to look. The athletes spend a lot of time in the water learning water proprioception and proper muscle recruitment in that environment which can only be learned by being in it, hence 8 hours, 6 days a week. Fierce flexibility and plyometric force and training are essential, not optional to do synchro, even at the age group levels. Working in a team event where you all have to be perfectly alike in movement, action, technique and force requires almost unreasonable repetition. Training environment is constantly challenging with temperature and weather for many athletes. It's common ...more

Synchronized swimming is the hardest sport! People just can't seem to get it! When you watch synchro, you see the fake competition smiles and all the goofy makeup. And it looks silly. But those are just additives! And you know why synchro looks so easy?!? Because the athletes MAKE it look easy! The Russian and Canadian Olympic team train 5-6 days a week 10 hours a day! That's insane amounts! They live in the pool! And be honest, synchro tends to look goofy from time to une and it isn't the most popular sport, but if you're ready to even judge one thing about synchro:how about you try it first?! Does anyoej have any idea how hard it is to be underwater and support your FULL body weight up by only your arms?! Does anyone know how hard it is to be continuously moving and counting while NOT breathing, underwater for up to 45 seconds?! It is EXTREMELY hard! And even the eggbeater with 2 arms up is very hard! Swimming? Yah swimming's hard. It causes you to to have shortened breath... And so ...more

This sport has come such a long way since the 1950s era of flower caps and Esther Williams, and it saddens me that it doesn't receive the recognition that it deserves. The versatility and athleticism required of the athletes is extraordinary. Synchronized swimming incorporates aspects of dance, water polo, speed swimming, diving, and gymnastics. The athletes also do a huge amount of cross training to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. They are able to hold their breath over a minute at a time while performing intricate movements in perfect synch with seven other teammates. Not to mention, touching the bottom of the pool is an automatic disqualification. Aside from the rigor of the sport, it has also been concluded that this is the sport with the longest practice hours at the Olympic level. Many national teams train 8-10 hours a day to get through everything that needs to be done. All in all, elite synchronized swimming is near impossible and deserves its recognition ...more

Synchronized swimming is one of the hardest sports in the world. Some people describe it as dancing in the water but I don't think that does it justice. The way you feel during a routine, it's like you're running or speed swimming as hard as you can but at some points you can't breathe. It is one of the most time demanding sports there is. My shortest practice is three hours and practices are several times a week plus extra ones if you want to improve. Olympians would train for about 8-10 hours a day. This is because there is so much that ones into being a synchronized swimmer, you lift weights do cardio and stretch and you have to be good at speed swimming as well as treading water and remember how to do hundreds of moves. Synchronized swimming is only thirty first on here because not many people know about synchronized swimming but if they do they are probably tainted by the stereotype of synchronized swimmers floating and wearing flowered caps (which is not what we do at all)

When people say that synchro isn't a sport I get so mad. Synchronized swimmers do more kicks than a soccer player, and not to mention getting kicked. If you touch the bottom of the pool you get a penalty, and if you are up 1 count earlier than your team you get 2 synch errors. When you practice you have land training, we do a running workout, then weights, then hard core gymnastics and dance, then we stretch with someone sitting on top of you to tear your muscles even more, and then you have to jump in a pool and are expected to give 110% effort while you do a 2 hour workout, and then 2 hours of routine. When you compete you have to think about everything that you learned in practice and plaster a smile on your face. And this is on top of all your nerves

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