Swimming just once a week will add variety to your routine, you’ll find it makes all the difference you look forward to your other workouts as you won’t be doing them so often.
You’ll be working different muscles than you normally do, adding another dimension to your fitness programme.
Swimming can be a really hard workout, during half an hour of vigorous swimming a 10 stone individual burns 360 calories, the equivalent of running at 12 kph for the same time.
The water supports you as you swim, so although you’ve just had a workout your muscles will feel more relaxed than if you’d just left a class.
Using a float or pull buoy to concentrate solely on your arms and legs
Adding sprints into your session, swim one length as fast as you can using one stroke and swim back at a comfortable speed using another.
Having a swimming lesson. If you were not taught how to swim by a professional, just one lesson can make all the difference to your technique. An efficient technique really enables you to get more enjoyment out of each.
Copyright 2007 Kristoph Thompson BA MA CSCS. Kristoph runs a successful personal training business in the UK, working with a variety of groups and individuals from professional footballers to those with disabilities, and most recently, Britain’s Strongest Man. www.kristoph.co.uk
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