How to become a Pro swimmer
Crewkerne local Thomas Priest has achieved great things in his training as an Aquathlete including these accolades:
Sport: Aquathlon Swim/Run (1k/5k)
Hot Chilli Winter Series Winner,
Yeovil Aquathlon Winner (Course Record Holder),
Bustin’SkinAquathlon Race winner,
World Championships 5th
Here are 5 Swimming tips for people hoping to improve their performance for racning or for general fitness.
1: Swim regularly – the more you do the fitter you will become (aim for 3 sessions per week) increase your training volume gradually to allow your body to adapt to the change.
2: Set yourself programmes/targets for each session. I used 3000m as a session goal, broken down in to 100m sets through to 1000m sets. i.e 1 set might be 100 non stop of a specific stroke or drill followed by a short rest period.
3: Swim with other people – a training group helps with motivation and speed pacing yourself, training should be fun aswell as challenging so find like minded people and work together.
4: Relax – swimming should be done with relaxed shoulders – be comfortable in the water – even in open water swims. a poor swimming technique can be very exhausting as it can be inefficient. ask others to analyse your stroke as they can see what you cant.
5: Use variety – mix up session between speed and endurance a speed session might have shorter sets and endurance workouts will be lower intensity , the two training types compliment eachother so alternate if you can.– . Open water swims can also help as it allows a long swim with no walls!
At the crewkerne Aqua centre we have Masters swim sessions on a thursday at 8:00pm where you can swim using pre-designed workouts which challenge edurance, technique and speed. You dont need to be an athlete to take part, just keen to have a good swim and to improve.