Swim Speed Workouts Week 6-2: “Diagonals” or “The Dirty Dozen”

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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 this workout. You can try out the first six workouts of the Swim Speed Workouts program for yourself! (See below)

Swim Speed Workouts Test Team logoTEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 6-2:

Greg S. (The 10x Ironman): Our poodle loves swimming the dog paddle and can do it while holding a dead duck and keep going and going, but I find it difficult, especially after a long set of 100s. All in all, this was a great technique-oriented workout for the diagonal portion of the stroke but still a tiring workout for me.  I was tired when I started the workout but, though fatigued at the end, felt relaxed and energized.  My kicking keeps progressing and I like putting in a kick in streamline on my back for variety and to get more flexible.

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): This workout is all about the diagonal phase of the stroke. This is my favorite drill right now because the diagonal phase has been a bit of a mystery to me; I’ve been so confused with all the different theories out there that the diagonal part of my stroke was a jumbled mess that I couldn’t sort out. Using Sheila’s method has helped me tremendously. I was skeptical of the Dog Paddle drill in week 1 but at week 6, it’s one of my favorites. It’s amazing to feel how the body surges forward over the diagonal phase. The feel the progress of that part of the stroke is just really neat. Before switching to the Swim Speed technique, I never really pointed my elbows outward, which would hurt my shoulder. Now with this new diagonal phase, shoulder pain is not triggered. The main set was 12x100s and it was tricky to estimate my sendoff interval, partly because I’ve progressed so much that my brain hasn’t caught up with my new ability in the pool. 6 weeks ago, I would have been lucky to finish just two or three 100s at 1:35.

Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): My other tri training meant I started this workout with a bit of fatigue: It was difficult to maintain an easy effort on the warm-up. I loved the single-arm focus on the drill set as I find these drills help me focus on the high elbow and a property finish. Kick set was a bit worrisome as my legs were already fatigued.  They felt as if cramps could happen at any moment so I went easy and was glad I did because the main set was a killer.  The increase in effort level did not equate to faster swimming as I was losing my strength pretty quickly. Overall, an exhausting experience.

Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): Dog paddle continues to surprise us with how hard it is.  I appreciate the drills and the focus they bring. Oh boy, those 100s! We started on 1:50  and decreased down to 1:40.  We like to start and stop together as a group so we chose an interval that we could all keep so some get more rest than others.  Basically we held our times with great effort.  Fantastic! Everyone enjoyed themselves.  Two people even said it was fun.  Going fast with a pull buoy is still hard for me.  I guess I have only one speed.  All in all another great workout and a wonderful start to the week.

Rhoden G. (The Soldier): This workout design was all about the diagonal. I feel like I’m building new neuro paths as part of this ongoing process. If it makes me faster smoother and more efficient then that’s exactly what I need.

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.