Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How to get the most out of your swim workouts

Most of us are not Michael Phelps which means we do not have access to some of the greatest coaches, pools, and instruction to help improve our swim speed, efficiency, or simply our ability to get from one side of the pool to the other without drowning.

If you are like the rest of us mortals, then I have a few ideas to share with you that might just turn your efforts in the pool (or open water) in to the aquatic masterpiece you've been looking for. The key is to start looking at the way you swim rather than how hard your swimming. Volumes of information have been written on this subject so I've summarized a couple of topics that are prevalent in what I've read. Just know that everyone started swimming slowly and grew into what the are now, even Michael Phelps.

  1. Find a coach
  2. Search online for swim workouts that fit your fitness level
  3. Hit up the local bookstore for books on swimming
  4. Use the internet to find tools like swim logs, pace calculators, etc...


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