Firstly, yes swimming up and down a pool is boring, however that’s probably because you don’t have any focus, other than hoping to burn off some calories … if that’s the case then it’s important we find you some sort of focus ?
An excellent beginner 100m is around 2:00 minutes …. now how close are you to this ?
If you are a total beginner, you may be quite far off … that’s ok … it comes with training. Therefore, how do you improve this and get closer to that 2min goal👇
1) Get a swimming coach to start - a good one if you are in Zurich is @bluecrush.ch he can help you in the pool to teach you how to swim properly and guide you from session
2) Swimming for distance isn’t really the idea to start … once you are at a certain level the distance comes… so to start work on RPE (rate of perceived exertion) … that means 75 % effort across 100m x 5-8 rounds with a 40s break is more than enough to start.
3) Integrate tips:
👉 Swim Tall - water is more dense than air so most important factor is slip your body through the smallest hole in the water
👉 Drop the Anchor - You're not pushing your arm through the water as much as anchoring it and pulling your body over it
👉 Heavy Rotation: Throwing your high-side arm forward along the central axis into the leading position and rotating your hips and torso.
👉 Keep your Head Down - look down at bottom of pool just, tilt head to breathe, don’t bring head up out water
👉 Glide - In the pool, fewer strokes is better. Your goal should be a high distance per stroke
👉 Drag your Feet - The secret is turning your feet into fins. Here again, leverage rules: your legs should be taut, scissoring you through the water, while your feet remain flexible
👉 Don’t waste Breathe - Emphatically exhale the air from your lungs (all of it, not just 90 per cent) before taking a quick, full breath on the high side.