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 third workout, which you can download and try out for yourself (see below).
TEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 1-3:
Jennifer M. (The Coach): I just finished week one. Tough stuff! My arms are sore! Workout 1-3 was long and intense. I had to really stay focused throughout. Progress so far: I felt things starting to come together this week, especially on my butterfly, believe it or not! Something just clicks and I felt very strong. All that focus pays off!
Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): I liked the variety of this more endurance-focused workout. This workout was more difficult for me than doing a workout of equivalent distance using [another approach]. Not surprisingly, by focusing on technique and especially the pull, the muscles used in the pull were more fatigued than I’m used to.
Michelle S. (The Beginner Swimmer): The 9×100 pull with buoy and breathe strokes were AWESOME. I felt more attuned to the water and the sense of a correct full stroke. I also realized that I can control my breath and don’t HAVE to breath after each stroke. This workout gave me confidence. Progress so far: I’m much more comfortable in the water than just two workouts ago and feeling much more confident with my stroke—I’ve noticed that I am weakest in kicking and also sense the dominance in my arm, will have to get my left arm up to speed.
Craig P. (The Olympic Speed Racer): After completing the first week of workouts, I’m confident I will see my swimming improve more and more. The structured workouts are the next best thing to having a coach. Also, the vertical kick drill confirmed that I will never do synchronized swimming.
Ronald R. (The First-Time Ironman): I wasn’t ready for this workout. It was very hard – She-Ra is tough! I really enjoyed the breathing exercises, and it was nice to train at different speeds. My arms and shoulders are sore, but this is going to make me stronger.
Rebecca (The Open-Water Swimmer): Some of my group joined me for our first long workout. The amount of fly was challenging for all of us so we compromised by using fins. Some of the group had never used tubing before, so that was a fun intro for them. All in all, we liked the variety and the distance.
Rhoden G. (The Soldier): Good workout, loved the distance. I just wish I had planned better for the extra distance. I kept thinking during the workout that I would have to give myself some extra time on the send-off intervals to complete the entire workout. Not the case at all — I felt great after each set and just wanted more.
Rich R. (Returning from Injury): Wow, is all I can say. This first She-Ra workout was great physically, but it was more than that. It was a mind over body workout. It took a bit of self-control to get through the breathing set. The vertical kicking is a great way to get form correct. I like the mixing in of the butterfly, too. The underwater swim at the end was tough, but it was absolutely mind over body to get as far as the wall. Tubing at the end of the swim was hard. I was exhausted, but I feel like the muscle memory really sinks in at this point. I actually felt strong in the water today. That is incredible to me, as I’ve only just gotten back in the pool.
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.