View Full Version : Swimming Training Suggestion

May 8th, 2002, 12:12 AM
Hi all,

I would like to know what is the best workout solution for swimming etc? How many times should I train a week. Is there a specific training program for me to follow strictly?

Also, is there a need to do workout in gym? I can't swim a lap of butterfly style because the back of my shoulders is stiff (ie. the back of my arms, just below the shoulder is stiff). How can I make it relax and not stiff? I understand that with a stiff shoulder and arm, I won't be able to swim fast and stroke the water correctly.

Lastly, if I visit the gym, what kind of workout should I do? Is there restriction on certain workout machines I should refain from using? Also, could someone kindly guide me on what workout should I do in gym revalent and would help in my swimming training? Also, does using pool bouy often harms? I mean, I use pool bouy during my training... but should I use it often or just for certain sets of the program?

Currently, I'm not swimming fast enough. It took me 52 strokes (as in 2 hands stroking the water.. I'm not sure if this is the way to count the number of stroke) to finish 50m of freestyle.

Hope someone can reply to me and give me a rough guide on how to have a proper workout program and how to improve on my speed etc.


June 24th, 2002, 01:00 AM

If your wondering about stiff muscles, definetely take more time to stretch before and after any workout you do. Be sure to stretch all your muscles, not just the ones you think you'll be using. When you swim, you work everything. Also, try doing bands before a workout. This will help warm up your muscles and decrease stiffness later on. Often times a small mini workout-crunches, jumping jacks, etc. will help aswell.

As far as gym workouts go, I'm still just getting into that, so I'm not sure how exactly to go about it. When I was swimming for my high school, we had weight training two times a week, which I feel was helpful. However, I would definetely research what to do and what not to do in the weight room, or on any machine at the gym, because there are some workouts that do not go well with swimming. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

If you're concerned about the number of strokes you are taking to complete a 50, try to stretch more when you're swimming- really concentrate on reaching forward, and once you have that down, work on building up speed. Try to keep it smooth. Doing a stroke correctly is very important. Also, rememeber that a longer stroke translates to a more powerful stroke when you're racing.

Well, I hope you found something in my rambling helpful. This website can provide the answers to any question you may have, so definetely browse through it for answers to training questions and such. Good luck with your swimming!