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 workout 2-1, which you can download and try out for yourself (see below).
TEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 2-1:
Jennifer M. (The Coach): Done with week 2! Wow, that was a tough one! There were lots of drills that every swimmer really needs to do but doesn’t. I know the hard work will be paying off soon. My body had nowhere to hide: as soon as my arms got friends, Sheila hit the legs with a tough kick set. When my legs got tired, it was back to arms again.
Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): The warm-up seemed to agree with me this morning. The drills were hard, especially the second half of the 50s on the one-arm with kickboard. I really had to concentrate and focus on form. My kick sets today were some of the best I have ever had. I am much more aware of form than I ever have been. At times, I felt fast and smooth. A good overall workout.
Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): I think doing the free strokes after the drills helped give me a feel for what I was supposed to be doing for the high elbow and feel for the water. I also was more aware of the muscles that were supposed to be working.
Craig P. (The Olympic Speed Racer): The challenging one-arm kickboard drill set at the beginning of the workout allowed me get a good feel for the high-elbow catch. I was able to feel the high-elbow catch for the rest of the workout. I’m becoming more aware of the feel for a proper catch not just during drill sets, but during all phases of swimming.
Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): Love these one-arm drills. I know my pull is much better. The high-elbow catch is there. I bet I have lost a few strokes per 25. I didn’t count, but I seem to be getting to the other end much sooner. Another weird thing is that for months I would have shoulder pain that kicked in around 1500m, but today I did the 2750m in the workout and no shoulder discomfort! It’s definitely better. Great workout! Loved it!
Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): So far, Workout 2-1 is my favorite. It was a good balance between drills and swimming and just tough enough to feel like I did something. I have to say that I feel stronger all over since beginning just last week. It is good to finally have a coach.
Michelle S. (The Beginner Swimmer): This was my first time swimming on my back, what a FUN change-up! As one who struggles with kicking (e.g. the kickboard and I don’t seem to move forward), I’ve realized that kicking is not about ferociously kicking your legs, spending needed energy but using the core muscles. This workout teaches this and the one-arm kickboard drill ensures, you feel what muscles are supposed to be used, hello lower abs!
Rich. R. (Returning to Training): Good, but now my triceps feel like they weigh 25 lbs each. It is interesting to me how quickly my efforts and times are improving. I would say that already my 90% last week feels like my 65% this week.
Doug P. (The Masters State Champ): No one looked very pleased on the 25 kicks!
Rhoden G. (The Soldier): The Tarzan drill was tough. The focus on the high elbow was very pronounced, I kept good mind control and stayed in the proper posture to really engage the shoulder early, keep the elbow high (rather than relaxing or lazy elbow), catch well, get the hand driving down preparing to go in to the diagonal. I feel like I am going to climb right out of the water and over anything else in the way.
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.