Swim Speed Workouts Week 3-2: “You Learn to Swim at the END of Practice” or “Strength Builder”

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The Swim Speed Test Team is a group of volunteers that is reporting on their newfound swim speed earned over 16 weeks of the Swim Speed Workouts program.

Here’s what testers thought of the eighth workout, which you can download and try out for yourself (see below).

Swim Speed Workouts Test Team logoTEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 3-2:

Craig P. (The Olympic Speed Racer): The main set made for a great strength building workout.  The use of the pull buoy during the main set made it that much more difficult.  After fatigue set in, I had to make a conscious effort to maintain a good high-elbow catch.

Jennifer M. (The Coach): I can’t believe so many 50s can go by so quickly! So many times we swimmers just pull as a nice easy rest set, but this workout really worked that pull. I also noticed that I ended up pulling stronger right after the press outs! The workouts are beginning to add up and I am finding little improvements with each swim session!

Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): This workout was mentally tough because of all those 50s. The tubing is especially tough today with those pull outs at the end of the main set.  We liked the amount of kicking today and could definitely feel it when we went on a hike later.  All in all, another great workout.  We are getting stronger and more focused all the time.

Rich R. (Recovering from Injury): I find myself really having to focus on form as I get more tired. A few thoughts on the program so far after three weeks:

  1. How much stronger I am.
  2. How much more confident I am in the water
  3. How I realize that you don’t learn to swim at the beginning of practice, you learn at the end.  When I am really tired is when the muscle memory gets established.

Doug P. (The Masters State Champ): Everyone on my team LOVES pulling, so this workout was popular. Except for the press-outs.

Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): This was a great strength / endurance workout.  I don’t believe that I’ve ever done a strength-oriented workout that’s done mostly in the water. I did a one-arm swim for the choice of drill in the warm up set  and that helped get my focus to the right movement before moving on to the main set.  The main set of pull buoy intervals really focused the work on the right muscles.  And the pull-out sets following the pull buoy set really finished off my muscles. My endurance is improving and I’m able to do the kick sets with a board much better.

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): This was an endurance and strength workout with lots of pulling, press-outs, and a bonus kick set. The press-outs were super challenging. I ended up backstroking the cool-down because my shoulders were just screaming at me after today’s main set.

Jenn D. (The Ocean Ultra Swimmer): This was a tough workout on the arms. All those pulls with press outs are like an arm workout at the gym! I was happy to get to the kick sets.

Rhoden G. (The Soldier): I got a little mixed up on this one and ended up swimming a long workout today. The bonus kick set was tough and I ended up with noodle legs afterwards. I felt good on the tubing pulls, but the last rep was hard and I barely finished the last three tricep pulls.

Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): The great thing about this workout is it was real easy to focus on the pull using the pull buoy yet you were also forced to deal with the fatigue as the sets started to add up.  When I pulled the card out to see what was in store that day I was excited despite the pain I knew would come.  BTW, I’m still feeling that pain two days later. I know this doesn’t translate well in writing but in my head, before every set, I swear I heard a voice yelling “PULL!” like they do when skeet shooting. I felt my pull was improving during the sets despite the fatigue.

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 to try Swim Speed Workouts.