Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

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    Dec 06, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    Hey Fellas:

    I'm going to be teaching my first swim conditioning class as part of a fitness program at the Univ. of Michigan. It's my first time teaching a class in a while, and I'd love to take a gander at your favorite swim workouts. The classes are an hour long, and I have to accommodate for intermediate (~2,500 yds/hr) and advanced (3,000+ yds/hr) swimmers.

    Any ideas? Lay 'em on me!
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    Dec 06, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    Used to teach. Randomly mixing in long swims w full out timed sprints (one length or two) always seemed to keep things stirred up and fun - though they really groaned a lot when I called for the sprints. icon_twisted.gif
  • calibro

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    Dec 06, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    technique strokes (elementary backstroke, sidestroke, or head up freestyle) were always good to engage different muscles. in my workouts i do a 200 alternating free and breast, 200 IM, 150 technique set, 200 free and breast, 200 IM, 150 technique, then 200 free and breast. It keeps me constantly moving and not getting comfortable in the water, plus it's easy to keep track of where i am in my workout.
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    Dec 17, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    When I taught swimming I used to make someone who was let's say 22 do 22 sprints of 25 yards. Get 2 or 3 guys at one end of the pool & the other group dives in when a sprinter touches the wall. then climb out & wait for the other guy to return. You can do this with just 3 swimmers.

    Also like ascending workouts starting a 50 yards upto 600 yards with the balance of a minute off between each set. Repeat the 600 & descend. You must push yourself for speed at the end. You feel great after this one!
  • Syphon

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    Dec 17, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    If you want to make them hurt, get them to tread water with a brick.

    A great exercise with multiple people is make a line, pass a 20lb brick down the line, the person at the end has to swim to the start of the line with the brick, and then repeat. After the whole line has done it once or more, get them to hop out, do pushups/sit ups, or wall sits in a line passing the brick a few hundred times, then swim a few laps - hopping out at each end to do some pushups/situps or wall sits, repeat from the beginning.

    I had to do this in lifeguard training and it was pretty much hell, but a killer workout nonetheless. It can easily take an hour.