Get in Shape With Swimming Workouts

by Pool Builders on 08-10-2008 in Articles

After watching the American mens relay swim team crush the world record and the French, it got me thinking, swimming workouts can really boost your overall fitness.

After all, swimming is one of the best workouts you can do for your body. Swimming workouts not only give you a great cardiovascular workout, they help keep your muscles toned. Swimming works every muscle in your body, which in turn burns a lot of calories. For many people throughout the United States, swimming workouts are simply the best way to stay in shape and have fun doing it.

Adding swimming workouts is a lot of fun and a great way to exercise, but there are a few problems if you choose to go down to the local pool. Local pool busy hours will vary from pool to pool, meaning that there are only certain times of the day and the week that you can go. Try picking weekdays and get there early to avoid a lot of people around who are doing nothing but standing in the water. Your best bet would be to find a local fitness center with a pool or even your local YMCA.

Swimming Workouts Essential Equipment

Besides a place to swim, the most important piece of equipment you'll need is a good pair of swimming goggles. Get goggles that can be adjusted across the bridge of the nose. Fog free goggles work, but they lose this quality quickly and are much more expensive. Many people develop low grade nasal reactions to pool water. Using a nose clip will make your swimming workouts more comfortable.

Interval Training The Backbone Of Your Swimming Workouts

Good swimming workouts use interval training. Here are some guide lines to help you construct your workout:
As always check with your doctor before adding swimming workouts.

  • You'll want to do repeated swims lasting 45 seconds to 4 minutes.
  • Swim at a slow to moderate pace for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up.
  • Anaerobic training sets should be performed until your repeat times can't be held.
  • The key is to swim at a preset intensity for as long as possible. Once that pace can't be maintained stop your set.
  • Vary your swim to rest ratios on different swim days. One day you might swim 45 seconds and rest 45. Another day swim 45 and rest 90.
  • If you want to improve endurance, keep your rest between swims under 30 seconds.

By adding swimming workouts to your fitness program, you'll not only get in better shape you'll have fun doing it.

Article source: " The Navy Seal Physical Fitness Guide"

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