11 Best Swim Workouts For Beginners

Updated on: November 2020

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Swimming Workout

Quick workout for swimmers without coaches or for coaches looking to vary their existing workouts.

Water work

* Stretching - 10 minutes

* Warm up - 1000 yard freestyle intensity - moderate

* Set #1 - 10 x 100 yard freestyle intensity - moderate rest - brief

* Set #2 - 10 x 100 yard IM intensity - elevated rest - extended

* Set #3 - 5 x 200 yard freestyle intensity - moderate rest - brief

* Set #4 - 5 x 200 yard (coach assign stroke) intensity - elevated rest - extended

* Set #5 - 20 x 50 yard (coach assign stroke) intensity - elevated rest - brief

* Set #6 - 20 x 25 yard underwater intensity - elevated rest - brief

* Warm down - 500 yard freestyle intensity - moderate

Use the intensity and rest parameters to gauge your cycle time for each set. For example, Set # 1 might be done on a 1:15 cycle while Set #3 might be on a 2:40 cycle. You will have to judge your ability level to determine the correct cycle. Be honest about your ability so you can properly determine these times. This is a general workout and not designed for sprinters or distance swimmers.

Dry land work

Swimmers cannot rely on water work only to be successful. They need strength and endurance training on land to supplement their water work. I suggest that even advance swimmers do not train on land more than 5 days per week. In these 5 days, I suggest training with weights on only 3 of these days. The other 2 days should be used as days in which swimmers perform exercises without weights. I, also, suggest running 2 days per week on your days without weights. Here is the break down of my dry land work. Monday - Wednesday - Friday do weight training while Tuesday - Thursday without weights.

Weights

* Flat Bench Press 3 sets of 12 reps
* Lat Pull downs 3 sets of 12 reps
* Seated Rows 3 sets of 12 reps
* Seated Curls (dumbbells) 3 sets of 12 reps
* Cable Pushdowns 3 sets of 12 reps
* Shoulder Press 3 sets of 12 reps
* Lateral Raise (dumbbells) 3 sets of 12 reps
* Squats 3 sets of 12 reps

Without weights

* Pull ups (wide grip) 3 sets of 15 reps
* Push ups 3 sets of 15 reps
* Sit ups 4 sets of 50 reps
* Jump rope 10 minutes
* Run stairs 20 minutes

As with any workout consult a physician before working out and advise of your workout plans. If any point you feel pain or faintness please stop and consult a physician.

I hope this gives you some guidance or helps spice up your existing workouts. Competitive swimmers need to be challenged each and every set they swim. They need to train just as hard on dry land. Keep them motivated. Swimming can get pretty monotonous practice after practice. Good luck out there.

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