Swimming is Boring!

by Pool Builders on 05-07-2009 in Articles

We've all been there, after 20 laps in a 50 meter pool things can start to get a bit tedious. Here are some tips, techniques and things to think about whilst swimming and to help make those training sessions a bit more interesting:

  1. Get an underwater mp3 case with waterproof headphones. There are plenty out there, check Google for some good ones. Record your favourite radio show, music or podcast onto it. Search Google for "waterproof ipod".
If you're swimming at home you may be interested in underwater speakers. Again there are some good systems out there. Search Google for "underwater speakers" Join a training squad - having someone motivate you, mix up the training levels and push you can make all the difference Concentrate on swimming as best you can, try to glide as far as possible with each stroke, streamline yourself - swimming well can take a lot of concentration. Race strangers - wear goggles, pick a swimmer in another lane and try to beat them to the end. Work out powers of 2 in your head, so you'd go 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64,128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 etc - great to improve your mental arithmetic and it quickly gets difficult! Go through the alphabet, one letter per length and think of as many animals, or fruits, or vegetables as you can.
Mix up your strokes - it's easy to do 20 lengths freestyle, add in a few backstroke, breaststroke or fly. Count your strokes per length, try to reduce by 1 each time to improve your glide and streamlining. Mix up the speeds and techniques - try sprinting for 2, recovering for 2, practise finger drag and catch-up. Practise tumble-turns. Practise swimming underwater for part of a lap, or mixing up your breathing rates.

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