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swimark
November 21st, 2013, 04:49 PM
Currently swimming 3 times a week, 1 hour per session. At another pool I could swim 2 times a week for 2 hours per session. What's better for competition? How about for physical fitness?

-Mark

Allen Stark
November 21st, 2013, 06:34 PM
Currently swimming 3 times a week, 1 hour per session. At another pool I could swim 2 times a week for 2 hours per session. What's better for competition? How about for physical fitness?

-Mark

Definitely 3,unless you are doing other fitness activities.You don't get enough conditioning carryover from 2X/wk.

swimark
November 22nd, 2013, 05:34 AM
Ok thanks, that's pretty much what I thought.

Michael Heather
November 23rd, 2013, 01:56 AM
Are you doing anything on the days you are not swimming? I think that by hours, you are better off going 2 days for 2 hours than 3 days for one. 33% more pool time is nothing to turn down if your practice time is so limited. Isometric training on dry days will help keep swimming muscles in tone, a comprehensive stretching, lifting program will also help.

swimark
November 23rd, 2013, 09:48 AM
Are you doing anything on the days you are not swimming? I think that by hours, you are better off going 2 days for 2 hours than 3 days for one. 33% more pool time is nothing to turn down if your practice time is so limited. Isometric training on dry days will help keep swimming muscles in tone, a comprehensive stretching, lifting program will also help.

Yes I do play in a competitive volleyball league either once or twice a week (1.5 to 4.5 hours per week depending on the schedule.) Also do JOBE’S SHOULDER EXERCISES (http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/uploadedFiles/_Library_Files/Medical_Group/PT/jobes_1_13_shoulder_exercises.pdf) on the weekends. I go through phases with weight training. More off than on with the weights.

There is that saying, "No man can serve two masters..." but how about 3 or 4? Especially when you mix in family time and work. I'm just trying to balance everything out.