When making new training plans for my coaching clients, there is always one aspect that I never leave out – cross training! I am such a firm believer that it is absolutely necessary to get in workouts other than running at least once per week. Personally, I cross train twice per week. It is what my body needs and is the best way to keep me strong and injury free. On my non-running days, I make a conscious effort to do effective cross-training – meaning, my heart rate it still high, I breathe heavy, and I get in a good sweat. I don’t just hop on the elliptical and cruise for 30 minutes – I don’t see the benefit to that.
One of my big goals last year was to get in the pool more regularly, and I have to say I definitely achieved that goal – surpassed it even! With cooler weather, swim workouts are not the most appealing, but with our recent 80 degree days here in Tampa, the pool has been a fun place to be! We got in the pool again last night for one heck of a workout! Check it out!
Since we have had a bit if a break from the pool due to the holidays, my shoulders we absolutely burning after this workout! I can tell it had been qutie a while since I had a hard swim workout, and this one absolutely kicked my butt! We did each set on the interval listed above. And when I say that we did 4×25 at 40 seconds, that means that every 40 seconds we left for the next repeat – whether it took you 20 seconds to do the interval or 38 seconds, you still had to leave on the 40.
Swimming definitely isn’t my favorite, but I can definitely credit my PR in Chicago to some of the swimming – I didn’t do any speed work, so I really think my amped up swimming helped me to run much faster than if I hadn’t been in the pool!
Do you swim much during the winter? Do you ever do ladder workouts like this, where you go up in distance, and then come back down? Are you a big advocate of cross-training?