Usually we spend the entire hour of our masters swim practice (USMS.ORG) in the pool, in the water. Today was different. We had a coach who doesn't usually attend the second morning workout and we got a taste of something different.
Our coach was Olympic Gold Medalist, Ian Crocker, and his workout for us today was...different.
We started with a conventional warm-up of 300 free, 300 pull, 200 I.M. and 100 yards kick but then things got more interesting. Ian devised a set that alternated 50 yards of breaststroke with 50 yards of freestyle in a set of five X 50's. After each 50 of breaststroke we climbed out onto the deck and did 10 regulation pushups. After each 50 of freestyle we hauled our butts back up on deck to do ten squats.
There's a break after each set of five in which we swam 100 yards of freestyle followed by 100 yards of kicking. Then we continued...
The next set alternated 50s of backstroke and freestyle with the same push-up and squat routine as in the first set. Then the restorative 100 swim and 100 kick. Followed by the set of 50s, alternating between butterfly and freestyle.
So, over the course of this particular set, in addition to the swims, we got to revel in the glory of 90 pushups and 90 squats, on the deck, soaking wet. Certainly an interesting formula for getting one's heart rate soaring while also doing some strength and core training.
Unfortunately, after this wild set we had to clear the pool because of approaching lightning and the bellowing of close by thunder. Now, a couple hours later, the sun is out and all the rain chances (and lightning and thunder) have vanished. Most of us who can are planning to head back to the pool for the noon workout so we can get in the yardage we were meteorologically denied earlier.
Still, I knew you'd be interested in a swim workout that also combined "dry land" exercises. You may even want to incorporate the concept into your daily workout.
Some people struggled with the pushups. Some could have done sets of pushups for the rest of the day. I fell somewhere in the middle. Just don't give in to the temptation to drop your hips --- keep your core straight and parallel to the deck.
Many people who are interested in fitness and holding down the weight and girth changes that can come with aging (but which are not destiny!) are fixated on diet. But no diet can replace the extremely well documented rewards of daily exercise. Lots of daily exercise.
Swim enough yards and walk enough steps and you can eat as much as you want. You shouldn't eat trash but if you eat good, fresh, whole foods you probably won't need to keep track of calories taken in. An hour or two of good, hard exercise is a wonderful investment in overall health. And the less you spend on healthcare the more you have left over to spend on photo gear.