Swimming can easily become repetitive. Not only do you get bored, but your body does too. If you swim the same thing day after day your body is no longer being challenged. Here are three ways in which you can maximize your workout experience.
1. Add Variety
One easy way to get out of a swimming rut is to add variety to your workouts.
When planning your workout try to use equipment such as a pull-buoy, paddles, or a kick board. You can also throw in a different drill or an extra set on the clock in order to keep your body guessing. Try to incorporate all the strokes in your workout, so you become efficient in all of them. Changing from stroke to stroke will prevent your body from becoming too comfortable in one stroke.
If you are having trouble coming up with ways to challenge yourself, ask a fellow swimmer or swim team coach for workout ideas. You can also look online for websites or blogs that offer ideas or suggestions for your workout.
2. Be Creative
Have fun with your workouts. You are in the water to stay in shape, but also to have a good time. Try to change-up your workout to be more challenging, but also more entertaining.
After a set, hop out of the water and do some push-ups or sit-ups, then jump back in. Do lunges around the pool, or see how far you can swim underwater without breathing. These exercises can help your body build different muscles and expand your lungs, which will improve your breathing.
3. Break it Down
You can also break down each aspect of your stroke, trying to improve your overall technique.
Spend some time on your arms and your kick. Work on your flip turns or your streamline. Do some breathing exercising, focusing on breathing every three or five strokes. This will allow you to breathe on both sides and ensure that your stroke isn’t lopsided.
Don’t get caught up in yardage, but take time to refine your stroke and brush up on the basics.