I try to get up early and meet friends at the pool for a good swim at least once or twice a week, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it keeps me accountable to the morning workout thing, which is great, plus, the group I swim with is fast, so every time I go, I’m guaranteed to be pushed a little past my comfort zone. Or a lot, in some cases.
Since I’m a sprinter at heart, I love when we have what we call “Fast Fridays,” which basically means we show up ready to do some short, hard sprints, sometimes broken up with some longer aerobic efforts. Below is one we did recently that I really enjoyed.
One big bonus sprint workouts have when it comes to swimming in a group: You can have people of varying speeds swim together and stay on the same interval, at least to some extent. You don’t want your faster folks to get too much extra rest, of course, but a few seconds shouldn’t be problematic.
Do you follow workouts in the pool, or do you just get your laps in? —Kristen