The Swim Speed Test Team is a group of volunteers that is testing out Sheila Taormina’s new book of waterproof swim workouts before it releases in March. Here’s what testers thought of the first workout, which you can download and try out for yourself (see below).
TEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 1-1:
Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): Getting the Swim Speed Workouts set was great motivation to get my butt out of bed in the morning and start swimming more regularly again.
Michelle S. (The Beginner Swimmer): As a newbie, I’m carefully reading the how-to booklet and technique descriptions. I’m not versed in swim-speak so I brought along 4 swim cards to the pool, which helped me follow along and understand the workout drills and tool kits without guessing. I can tell that this girl is going to develop some uber arm muscle!
Rich R. (The Phoenix Coming Off Injury): This workout was awesome, painful, humbling, exhilarating. It was all those things and more. I like the drills mixed in, along with the different pace of the swimming in the workout. I love the waterproof workout cards. Do you know once they are wet, they stick to the wall above the water line. That’s cool.
Craig P. (The Olympic Speed Racer): I have a renewed sense of confidence now that I have done the Tarzan Drill in a public pool.
Ronald R. (The First-Time Ironman): A nice balanced workout with a steady build up. Love the waterproof card!
Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): I’ve found that, when I concentrate on using proper technique as explained in Swim Speed Secrets, and the pull and high-elbow catch in particular, I feel the workouts more in my muscles and I’m more fatigued than after having completed a workout using [another popular swimming technique].
Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): A good workout with plenty of variety. It took our full hour. All of us struggled with the press-outs. Most of us are 50 years old and above so we worry constantly about shoulder health. Three sets of those press-outs was really hard.
Rhoden G. (The Soldier): It’s great to be back into a real workout program. I am used to structure and this fits right in. The press-outs were super tough. Of course I mistakenly did 30 press-outs rather than press-outs for 30 seconds. Needless to say, finishing was rigorous. Keeping the elbows in is very tough but I held in there. Sculling was fun. Don’t get me wrong — it burns — but it was just as much fun seeing the vortices and trying to keep them going. I really paid attention to traction and the rush of water on the recovering hand just after entering the water.
Scott P. (The Ironman Trainee): Pretty easy workout with LOTS of kicking. I don’t normally do much in the way of kicking sets. It was still a nice change from what I normally would have done today.
Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): This workout made me realize my stroke rate does not affect my stroke count all that much, which I found a bit surprising. I experienced a new soreness that I attribute to the press-outs (great exercise!) which are also new for me. I felt a bit awkward with the Standing Scull Drill. I read the description, but I’m not sure I am doing it properly. [Readers can check out two videos on the Standing Scull Drill: Here’s one on making water tornadoes and another on a slower scull pattern.]
Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): The whole physical presentation is extraordinarily well done. The workout card seemed good and durable poolside. I think that the idea to put out a set of sequential workouts that applies the techniques addressed Swim Speed Secrets was truly inspired. The detailed workouts are just what I need, I think, to develop and apply those techniques.
TRY THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SWIM SPEED WORKOUTS YOURSELF! Based on our Test Team feedback, you will be swimming noticeably faster after two weeks on the Swim Speed program. You’ll have developed a high-elbow catch and a better feel for the water. You’ll have begun to strengthen your core, and your swimming fitness will be rising rapidly. Click here to learn how.