Saturday, June 9, 2012

You Can: Lap Swim

So, we know we won't be the next Michael Phelps anytime soon. But, it's summer time and working out outside can get hot, and the gym gets monotonous after a long time. But there's a way to work out and stay cool: lap swimming.

Lap swimming can be so intimidating. Here are some tips on how to get started and what some simple terminology means. Tomorrow, there will be a post on some simple supplies that helps make swimming easier and creates a wider variety of activities.

  • Just go! Many of you have access to a pool, from your summer country club to your local YMCA. Find out the hours for lap swimming.
  • Stretch out before and after. So important.
  • Make sure to do a warmup set 4 laps (or a 100) of free style (front crawl) is great for beginners.
  • Laps: a 25 is one lap-so from one end to the other. a 50 is two laps-there and back once. a 100 is four laps-down and back twice.
  • Strokes: Freestyle is the standard front crawl. Backstroke is the only stroke on your back. Breaststroke is on your stomach, arms and legs in circular motion. Butterfly is legs together kicking and both arms simultaneously. Stick to freestyle and backstroke as you begin.
  • You don't even have to worry about keeping track of your laps at first, just go! It's a great way to clear your head for those non runners.
Here are some great work outs for beginners, the first for endurance and the second for speed. They are from Beginner Triathlete

Give it a try!! 
Let us know!

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