Endurance Swimming: What and How?  

by Pool Builders on 01-01-2013 in Articles

What is Endurance Swimming?
Endurance swimming is a type of aqua workout that pushes you to your physical and mental limit. Instead of relying on sprints or stroke speed to increase the intensity of a workout, endurance swims rely on distance and time. This type of exercise is a high level of aerobic training. During endurance swims your body must rely on your cardiovascular endurance and high lung capacity. When this happens, your heart rate and blood circulation increases and your body uses energy stored in your bloodstream and liver in order to keep you going. This isn't something that's developed overnight, but instead it must be built up to over time. Most endurance swims are done in open water, but there's no reason they can't be performed in a lap pool as well.

Why Should I Consider it?
People begin endurance swim routines for a number of reasons. Many dry-land athletes enjoy the challenge of endurance swims. While they might be in shape in their sport, they often find swimming to take their cardiovascular endurance to the next level. Also, because swimming is easy on the joints and helps stretch and elongate muscles, endurance swimming is popular among athletes who don't wish to put further strain on leg joints while running. Other people turn to endurance swimming routines to help train for upcoming open water swims, such as triathlons. And still others rely on the vigorous workouts to simply increase cardiovascular efficiency.

How can I get started?
Endurance swimming is not for beginner and still-learning swimmers. While you don't have to be an Olympic level swimmer, you do need to have basic knowledge of your stroke of choice and also need to feel very comfortable in the water. To get started, first track your progress up until your first endurance training session. By knowing where you began, you'll be better able to see where and how your workouts progress. Use each session in the pool to build up your distance swam. There are many progressive workouts available online for you to follow. Choose one that's specific for endurance race training, for building lung capacity, or mix and match to come up with one that's tailored to your needs. No matter how you train, each session should focus on overall distance, distance per stroke, and breathe efficiency.

What Training Devices Can Help Me See Results?
There are several basic training devices and accessories that can help you track and train your swimming endurance. To keep track of time during a swim, it's always good to have a sports specific stopwatch on hand. The Water Gear Basic Sports Stopwatch is water resistant and is accurate up to 1/100th of a second. And to track laps, which is especially important if you're long distance training in a pool, turn to the Finis Lap Track. It's a great €personal assistant' in the water and can easily keep track of lap times, lap counts, elapsed time and caloric progress.

Once you have the timing and lap counting covered, you probably want to invest in a solid pair of leak free, streamline goggles. Fidgeting with ill fitting or leaky goggles is not only annoying, but can also take away precious seconds of swimming and cause you to lose focus. The Speedo Air Seal Tri Goggles are great for both indoor and outdoor use. Their unique air filled gasket system remains comfortable around the eyes for hours on end.

If you're looking for a way to take your endurance training to the next level, try using a pair of training fins to further develop leg muscles. The Speedo Short Blade Training Fins provide increased resistance and intensity to the legs without hindering you kick's natural tempo. They will help improve your flutter kick and result in a more efficient and timely endurance swim.

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