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)
TEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 7-2:
Rich R. (“PR”): Workout 7-2 was good. I really enjoyed it, as I am enjoying all the workouts. I feel like a swimmer, and I am starting to look a little like a swimmer again… : ) What I noticed today was that even though I felt like mush and felt like my stroke was all over the place, I was still swimming at the same pace as I was a week or so before when I felt great. I was doing it with less intensity too, so that is saying some progress is happening.
Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): I have to say, I think 7-1 & 7-2 is my favorite 1-2 combo yet. The warm-up was good but the 6x300m was fantastic. I found the variation kept me focused better and made the workout go by much faster. Press-outs are one of my favorite add-ons at the end of sets. My kicking speed seems to be improving without adding more effort (still going easy to moderate with a few bursts – no cramps to report) and descends are great gut-checks and will pay off in races when fatigue starts to set in. Tarzan with a buoy-now that was different.
Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): This workout was intended to work on technique and strength of the high-elbow catch. I really have morphed into loving swim drills. (I did not drill much at all before starting Swim Speed Workouts.) For some reason this workout looked much more challenging on paper than to execute. I loved it! I did do the bonus set as well on this workout. I was fatigued for the tubing set and really, those press-outs in the main set really just take a lot out of me. Not sure why. Progress? I’m starting to feel strong through all sets and not needing to modify workouts hardly at all anymore. I feel stronger every day for sure. It’s funny though, because in the pool you wonder or feel week at times, but then you look up at the pace clock and your realize even at your slow moments you are still faster than you were before starting the program. It’s all good.
Jennifer M. (The Coach): I loved the variety of this workout! It is a different kind of fatigue when you are swimming correctly that I am going to call fatiguing with a purpose and this workout definitely fit that bill. I liked its placement after “Serape Day” because during the longer swims I could focus on that aspect of the stroke. Getting stronger with each workout!
Jenn D. (The Ocean Ultra Swimmer): I wanted to get in a long workout today (6km), so I doubled this 2700 meter swim and then added a bit. OMG it was incredibly difficult and I am not sure I would use that strategy again! That being said, I am most definitely stronger for it. I was too spent to do the tubing set at the end of the workout. I do appreciate that the Swim Speed Workouts program is simple to modify to suit our needs.
TRY THE FIRST SIX SWIM SPEED WORKOUTS YOURSELF!
- First, download this Swim Speed Workouts introduction pdf here and read it.
- Then download the first six Swim Speed Workouts as pdfs here.
These workout pdfs will give you most of what you need to do the full workout. If you have swim tubing and understand the drills (which are linked in each workout description), you’ll be able to do the whole workout as prescribed.
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.
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.