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A Bunch of Swim Workouts

by Meghann on April 23, 2013

I had a GREAT swim after work tonight. It was one of those swims where I was considering bailing before hand, but ended up being so glad I went. There was a small group of us tonight (4) and coach focused on longer sets. I’m terrible at doing longer sets on my own, so I appreciated the extra push to do them with the group.

Here’s tonight workout:

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As I was walking back to my car I saw a tweet from my sister about using a swim workout from my DailyMile account. She claimed having the workout made the time fly and that she should “steal” workouts more often. I 100% agree with her, having a set workout (or someone there giving the workout) makes the time in the pool FLY by. Just going 2400 yds straight is boring, but breaking it up in various sets allows you to concentrate on the swim a little bit at a time and before you know it, it’s over.

My sister also reminded me of a folder I have on my desktop labeled “swim workouts” with all the swim workouts I have from our team training swims last summer. They’re in various posts through the blog, but I figured I would share them all below so my sister could have one dedicated page to steal workouts from.

So here ya go, sis, a bunch of swim workouts: ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Enjoy!

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1 Chelsea April 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

This is great, Meghann! I’ve been having some issues with heel pain lately so I’ve taken to the pool, but I’ve never been much of a “work out” swimmer, so I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do! These are super helpful and I’m excited to give a few of these bad boys a try ๐Ÿ™‚
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2 Beth @ Running with the Sunrise April 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I find doing intervals really helps the time go by because it breaks the workout up into smaller segments. It’s easier to focus on getting through the next half a mile or 2 minutes than it is to focus on getting through 10 miles.
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3 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Great compilation of workouts!
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4 Becky @ runfundone April 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I’m not sure my swimming is quite advanced enough for complicated workouts, but I suppose I should probably try something new to get a little speedier!
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5 Stephanie @ Steph's Miles April 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I wish I was a strong swimmer – I’ve grown up in Florida all my life but I can only freestyle, if that’s what you can call my style of swimming. I should make it a goal to practice so I can participate in a tri one day. ๐Ÿ™‚
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6 Presh April 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

These would be so awesome…. if I knew how to swim.
*drops head in shame*
It’s on my to do list.
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7 Michelle @ 3cheaprunners April 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

Thanks for sharing the workouts – you have posted them at a perfect time, as this week I am starting back with my triathlon training

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8 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 24, 2013 at 1:59 am

I wish I liked to swim! My sister is a college swimmer and I think I picked a new sport when she started beating me (she’s younger!)
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9 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes April 24, 2013 at 4:48 am

Those are two reasons I love training with a team: first, the workouts our coaches design go by so much faster and prove to be much more effective; swimming TK yards “straight up” can seem daunting, so breaking it up into sets helps a lot. Plus, it makes it easier to focus on specific things during each set like pulling, rotating, etc. And second, doing work with teammates can be more fun and motivating! ๐Ÿ™‚
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10 Kelly April 24, 2013 at 5:48 am

Sweet! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 [email protected] April 24, 2013 at 6:10 am

This is so great, thanks Meghann! Im going on vacation soon where all I’ll really have is access to is a pool (and it will be too hot to run too far!) so I’m going to print these to take with me!! Also planning on taking some body weight circuit print outs for a full body attack while I’m away!
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12 Nikki April 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

I’ve been swimming for 17 years and STILL cannot jump into the pool without a workout or else I end up doing next to nothing and getting bored super quickly! That’s great that you have the workouts to turn back to!
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13 Sarah @ Yogi in Action April 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love swimming but have been really bored of my workouts lately! Thanks for this- I’m printing this out right now for my next swim workout ๐Ÿ™‚
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14 Courtney April 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

This post made me miss the pool. Thanks for posting the workouts! ๐Ÿ™‚
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15 meghan April 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

I feel like you read my mind. I’m swimming after work today and was thinking on my way to school today that I needed to find a set online instead of making one up. Thanks!
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16 Ashley April 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

These are so helpful! I’ve been really wanting to start swimming (for exercise) a lot more but I find it so intimidating because I don’t even know where to start.
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17 Sonia the Mexigarian April 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

thanks for the list of swim workouts. i need to hit the pool now ๐Ÿ™‚
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18 Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat April 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thank you for sharing! I have taken to the pool again for cross training and am going to be doing open water swims this summer so these will be great to implement. I’ve been needing more structure to my workouts!
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19 Molly April 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I need to pick up swimming, so good on the ol’ joints! ๐Ÿ˜‰ how did you find a group/coach to train with?
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20 Sara April 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I have been looking for a good swimming work out… thank you for this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sara ๐Ÿ™‚
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21 Lindsay April 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I did a lot of swimming when I was injured during track season, and having planned workouts not only made the time go by faster, but it prevented me from quitting early. If I went in without a workout, I always cut it short.
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22 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) April 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Yay, swimming workouts! I swam through college, so I love seeing bloggers post about swimming, swimming workouts, etc. The blogosphere needs more swim bloggers. ๐Ÿ™‚
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23 Robyn @thereallife_RD April 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

thank you so much for this! I’m in the midst of training for my first triathlon and totally lost when it comes to swim workouts [i’m a marathoner NOT a swimmer :)]

this came at exactly the right time ๐Ÿ™‚
you’re in inspiration to me- hopefully an ironman is in my future on day!
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24 Stella May 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

Ooo I love these. Particularly because I love swimming. Definitely going to try these out, thanks.
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