Trivia for the "non-swimming" folks out there...swimming 3000 yards (something many of our 10 and unders and masters do each workout) in a 25 yard pool equals 120 push-offs (each wall)-----or the equivalent of a 20 minute squat workout in the gym!
Impressive, right? That's a Facebook post from Tall Paul, one of the great coaches at Mesa Aquatics Masters in Mesa, Arizona. Paul Smith is a living, breathing example of how swimming will keep you lean and in shape. He's a lifelong swimmer and has cultivated his passion for the water to everyone who is willing to give swimming a try. You can read more about him here: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/mesa/article_405efe80-40b3-11e2-85e0-001a4bcf887a.html
Paul has passed along quite a bit of his wisdom to me, when I took a coaching position with MAC this summer. Among his favorite pointers:
* You have to slow down to speed it up when it comes to swimming. Technique technique technique!
* After technique has been improved, swim different speeds and distances every workout. Make one day an interval workout, one day a distance, one day a tempo and one day a recovery swim -- similar to marathon training.
* Don't give up on FLIP TURNS! Work on these regularly. Their benefits include breathing control, streamlining, and feeling that fast, underwater form when you push off the wall.
* Swim toys are fun. Use fins, snorkel, buoys and paddles regularly in your workout. They help!
* And lastly, join a Master's Team near you today. You won't regret it.
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