Swim Speed Workouts Week 9-1: “Super Serape”

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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)


Jennifer M. (The Coach): I am still having a bit of trouble connecting the arm with the core so this was a helpful workout for me.  Some parts of the stroke are becoming more natural for me, but I find myself thinking a ton while in the pool and wonder when it will all become automatic for me.  I am close, but no quite yet.

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): Loved this workout. Tonight’s workout went by extremely fast!  I love the instant feedback dog paddle gives you.  I also had a little breakthrough tonight with the serape one-arm and kicking set.   I realized that the reason i had (focus on past tense HAD) a tough time with breathing on the right side was because of a TIMING issue. I always though rotation but when the core drive is done, it actually facilitates the breath!  Awesomeness!  AND during those descending 100s, each time through i was a little faster than usual because i didnt have to “plan” for a breath—it came much more naturally.

Rebecca (The Open-Water Swimmer): Another great workout with a wonderful mix of drills and strength work.  The underwater focus was a nice change of pace for us. My husband Jim told me that his times are getting faster and that he feels stronger too.  Everyone likes the workouts a lot and one person declared 9-1 her favorite so far.

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.