This workout is for you swimmers out there.
Specifically, you swimmers who live in cold climates, and know you're supposed to be at the pool doing your workout, but it's just too chilly outside to put a few layers of clothes on, go warm up the car, drive the slip n' slide road to the pool, run inside, change in a frigid locker room, then stand staring at the pool for 5 minutes before finally mustering up enough courage to jump into the icy waters.
Yesterday, I experienced just such a conundrum, when my triathlon training program dictated that I go to the pool to swim a 1 hour set.
But instead of getting tough, braving the icy elements of Spokane, Washington and going to the pool, I invented the Official"Baby It's Too Cold Outside to Drive to the Pool" Dry Land Swim Workout.
Here's what you need for this dry land swim workout (yes, pretty much just 2 things):
#1: Elastic bands: you can go to your local sports department store to get some elastic tubing, or go grab yourself some slightly more spendy, but more swim appropriate elastic tubing from Stretchcordz.
#2: Stability Ball: You could also get this big exercise ball at your local sporting goods or department store, or just to to a website like Amazon to grab one online.
OK, now that you're ready, here is the Official "Baby It's Too Cold Outside To Drive To the Pool" Dry Land Swim Workout (if you don't know how to do any of these exercises, just Google them!):
Time: ~45-60 minutes
Warm-Up - get the heart rate churning and pre-activate the core:
100 Jumping Jacks
25 Side Crunches per side
Main Set - 5x through the following exercises:
25 Flutter Kicks per Side
25 Alternating Band Chest Press per Side (kneeling or standing)
25 Alternating Band Rows per Side (kneeling or standing)
15 High Elbow Band Pulls (standing, bent over)
Core Set - 5x through the following exercises:
50 Jumping Jacks or 25 High Knee Skips (standing in one place) per side
10 Stability Ball Pikes
10 Push-Up Position Corkscrew Twists per side
Metabolic Set: 5x through the following exercises
20 Speed Squats
10 Squat Thrust Jumps
25 Mountain Climbers
25 High Knee Skips (standing in one place)
In case you hadn't noticed, a little side bonus of this dry land swim workout is that you get just a bit of lower body work too.
Anyways, I'm not about to claim that this workout will make you a faster swimmer, but it will...
1) get you warm on a nice cold day;
2) keep your swimming muscles stimulated and strong;
3) burn some serious calories;
4) significantly bump up your lung capacity;
5) make you feel considerably less guilty that you didn't go to the pool.
For more creative dry land swim workouts just like this, check out the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, at http://www.rockstartriathleteacademy.com