It turns out that I've picked up a major interest in swimming over the past couple months. I really enjoy it, and I've seen major improvements in my times. Now that the swim season at our school is over, I have a break until I begin indoor track. I'm also thinking about joining a summer swim club (2 days/week May-June, 6 days/week July-August). In the meantime, I'm looking for the best training ideas. I'm involved with track and field in the spring.I'm wondering mainly whether to focus on weight training, plyometrics, body weight workouts (other than plyometrics, such as chin ups and push ups) in order to improve my swimming. I've come across poor opinions on doing too much weight training for swimming since it doesn't train the muscles in the right way. Starting within the next couple days, I have a great opportunity to start on a new program since my swim practices have come to a close with city finals happening today (our school won for the 20th consecutive year in a row). I'll be able to keep up a full week program until some time in February, where I'll start indoor track (2-3 practices a week focusing mainly on mid distance and 200m sprints).For those who have experience, I'm looking for opinions on what type of training would benefit me the most.
Alternative Training For Swimming
I'm looking into circuit training at our school fitness center, there's a well planned out circuit that's posted up on the wall and I think I may try that for a couple weeks. What exactly do you mean by "hell" circuit training?I went to the fitness center on Thursday and Friday and I've felt like an old man all weekend. My abs and hamstrings have been extremely sore (although are feeling much better today than yesterday), and the hamstrings, shoulders, upper and lower back have all been sore. My bad, going back to doing fitness center training without easing myself in again Was doing inverted crunches, speed and incline training on the treadmill, exercise ball pushups and situps, chin ups, chest press, and doing high resistance intervals on the bike.
That's what I usually do! The folks who sit around on the equipment, stare into space, pull out the cell phone, etc. drive me nuts. Sometimes I've gone through several machines, and there's someoneone vegetating at each of the three last ones I want to use. I like to keep going so I don't have to spend a long time hanging out in the gym.People often obsess over a single piece of equipment. They'll do, e.g., 15 heavy reps, then sit there for a long time, then do a few more, then sit there, etc. Some of these guys are pretty muscled up. (I rarely see women doing that...they seem to keep moving.) It just seems to make more sense not to waste time, and work a different muscle group while the ones you just exercised are recovering...then you can go back and work on the original muscles on the same machine or a different one.Circuit training: good for everyone.