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Insider's Guide to Swimming: Pool Workout

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Not a Fish? Start Here!

A Gallup Poll survey found that 46 percent of American adults are afraid in deep water in pools. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to conquer your fears. These drills will help make you a stronger swimmer and boost your confidence.

  1. Practice by kicking in the shallow end of the pool. Start out wearing fins for extra power. Keep your arms extended in front of you, holding a kickboard, and keep your face in the water, looking at the bottom. Turn your body to one side to breathe every few seconds.
  2. Once you feel comfortable, try rolling your body to either side every third kick.
  3. Take short, quick kicks, generating from the hip. Now add in a freestyle stroke, breathing every third stroke.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2007.


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manavsharma432 wrote:

thanks for sharing this informative post.

11/22/2013 06:14:35 AM Report Abuse wrote:

I have an endless pool. The only ways I can measure are by time or by counting strokes. Any way I can convert your workouts? I'm a beginner at swimming and this is the first place I could find some real plans. Thanks!

3/5/2012 11:10:11 AM Report Abuse
admin943 wrote:

This is a great workout for a beginner, but I think it is important to note that before a novice starts thrashing out lengths at their local pool, they should practice their technique, as it will put them in good stead for the future. has some useful information about techniques and the like for beginners.

9/19/2011 03:20:32 PM Report Abuse

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