Swim Speed Workouts Week 9-2: “Mixed Bag of Tricks”

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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 9-2:

Jennifer M. (The Coach): Another hard day with two of my favorite drills…kicking and Tarzan…not!  Both are so hard for me.  Feel like my legs are sinking on the Tarzan and then I just go nowhere while kicking.  They are getting better, but it is still pretty ugly by a swimmer’s standards.  On the positive though, these are things that I NEED to be doing and the ARE making me a stronger swimmer.  I don’t even remember what it is like to do a “regular” swim workout, but I think that is a good thing.  Less time spinning my wheels and more time perfecting the form to get faster.

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher):  I don’t know if it was the extended rest I had away from the pool or what, but I seemed very strong and relaxed in the pool.  I have really missed my pool workouts for sure.    I was afraid that some fitness may have been lost, but I didn’t sense it.  I take that as a very good sign.  My ability to get down the pool with tarzan also seemed better connected and stronger — less struggling which was surprising because I was feeling fatigue in the shoulders and rhomboids with the preset tubing work.

Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): Where is the love?  This workout did not endear us to it.  None of us felt like we ever really got to swim.  Too much drill and not enough straight swimming for most of us.  Some of the swimmers rebelled to the point of not doing the drill that is embedded in the final 500 of the set.  hmmmmm  a rebellion beginning among the ranks? Probably not.  This would be a good workout for days when you just don’t feel like working too hard.

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.