5 Ways You Are Wasting Time at the Pool

Michael Butler
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Warming up for way too long .

Start with 3 laps and once you get going you can jump to the longer workouts. If you’re not into the idea of doing drills and stuff, do 3 laps of static stretches and 3 laps of mixed strokes such as freestyle and backstroke. You’ll get your body warmed up and ready in no time!

Start with 3 laps and once you get going you can jump to the longer workouts. If you’re not into the idea of doing drills and stuff, do 3 laps of static stretches and 3 laps of mixed strokes such as freestyle and backstroke. You’ll get your body warmed up and ready in no time! Not pausing at the wall. Nothing breaks your momentum and warm-up like having to stop and grab your kickboard at the wall. If you have a pull buoy, no problem! If not, try holding on to your lane line.

Not doing enough race pace training .

If you want to go fast, you need to practice going fast.

If you want to go fast, you need to practice going fast. Not doing enough of your race distance. If you want to go a mile, you need to keep practicing the mile.

If you want to go a mile, you need to keep practicing the mile. Not doing enough workouts while breathing through your nose. When you’re swimming with a snorkel, relying on your mouth for breathing causes you to have less muscle usage in your upper body.

When you’re swimming with a snorkel, relying on your mouth for breathing causes you to have less muscle usage in your upper body. Not doing enough dive starts. This is a HUGE one for sprinting, but also applies to distance swimming.

This is a HUGE one for sprinting, but also applies to distance swimming. Not taking advantage of recovery swims. Recovery swims can be your best friend for helping to get you faster!

Just like in cycling, it’s easy to waste a lot of time swimming laps without having a real purpose behind it. This is why you need to know what you want to achieve. Are you a sprinter? Distance swimmer? Masters swimmer? You need to have goals associated with your swimming.

Garbage yardage .

Fetching the ball out of the water after a shot only to throw it into the water again on your next turn can be tedious. To save time and energy, have nonplaying teammates stand in the water and retrieve balls that make it into the water. This way, you do not waste time and energy and can play for longer periods of time. To have your team members be more efficient, make sure that you never throw the ball into the water. If you must throw it in, make it to a particular location where your team members will be waiting.

Fetching the ball out of the water after a shot only to throw it into the water again on your next turn can be tedious. To save time and energy, have nonplaying teammates stand in the water and retrieve balls that make it into the water. This way, you do not waste time and energy and can play for longer periods of time. To have your team members be more efficient, make sure that you never throw the ball into the water. If you must throw it in, make it to a particular location where your team members will be waiting.

Not setting goals for yourself in training.

Going to the pool without a goal or not setting a goal for each workout is a sure way to waste time.

Why you ask?

When you are the type to go to the pool whenever you can squeeze it in, you are not practicing structured fitness training that can lead to progress.

You are just using your swim time to exercise and burn calories.

Try setting short-term goals in each of your workouts and try to beat your previous record. This will not only give you a reason for going to the pool each day, but it will also take your training to the next level.

Swimming with shoddy technique .

Just like any sport, keeping good form while swimming will not only help you get more out of your workout, it will also help you avoid injury and prevent water from damaging your swimsuit. Skipping the pool altogether. Swimming is low impact and effective exercise. The average person who swims once or twice a week will burn up to 500 calories an hour. Plus, because you're in water, you won't have to deal with the extra discomfort of mashing feet on a treadmill or lifting weights. Not using the lane line. If you line up one foot to the right of the line of demarcation, you're reducing your workout. You can cut your time in the pool in half if you align yourself with the line. Skipping aqua jogging. Aquajogging is great for building endurance, being low-impact, and working on your form while you spend time in the pool. It also helps with balance, and with strength training. Running too fast. Going for time and speed is fine if you're a competitive swimmer and have a rare free hour to swim between practices. But if you just want to get into shape, keep your pace under control. Patience will have you see your progress much faster.

The Next Step

Training To Improve Your Breaststroke

Before you can work on things like drills, turns and starts, it’s important that you can already swim a basic breaststroke. Below, I’ve described some of the steps and drills that help you take the next step after learning the freestyle or butterfly stroke.

The key takeaway here is that you’re teaching your body to glide through the water in a streamlined position. After all, this is a stroke where less is more. You want to improve on efficiency. You do this by practicing your backstroke kick, your breaststroke pull, then combining the two. Make sure that you are holding the streamlined position for the time that it is required for that drill.