Tethered swimming

Dive into Tether Training: A Pool Workout Hack for Everyone

Ok, I’m a runner. But at 45, I’m looking for a lower impact way of getting in my exercise minutes than the running I’ve done in years past. 900km of running last year did me well, but with shoulder injuries hampering my later-in-life baseball career, I was looking for an all around way of exercising. I have a pool. Enter tethered swimming! This surprisingly dynamic training method, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a nervous guppy, can unlock a whole new level of workout efficiency and technique refinement.

Why tether?

  • Space Savvy: Short on pool length? No worries! Tethering lets you get a killer workout without racking up the laps. Imagine a mini-ocean in your backyard.

  • Strength & Endurance Boost: The constant resistance of the tether ignites your muscles, building strength and stamina. Think endless hills for your aquatic endeavors!

  • Technique Masterclass: Stuck in a stroke rut? The tether acts like a silent coach, forcing you to focus on form and body position like never before. Hello, smoother strokes and fewer wasted strokes!

  • Low-Impact Power: Injured or just easing back into fitness? Tether training offers a gentle yet effective way to keep moving and maintain fitness, all without the stress on your joints.

Ready to tether up?

  • Gear Up: You’ll need a swim tether (bungee cord with a belt) and a pool with a secure anchor point. Most pool stores have you covered.

  • Start Slow: Begin with shorter intervals and work your way up. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it, especially if you’re new to tethering.

  • Mix it Up: Don’t get stuck in freestyle monotony! Experiment with different strokes, drills, and even intervals for a dynamic and engaging workout.

  • Embrace the Burn: It’s supposed to be challenging! But remember, proper form is key. Don’t sacrifice technique for intensity.

Bonus Tips:

  • Invest in a snorkel for a breath-focused experience.

  • Use a waterproof timer or playlist to track your progress and keep things peppy.

  • Join an online tethering community for inspiration and support.

So, ditch the boredom and dive into tethered swimming. It’s a versatile, effective, and surprisingly fun way to take your pool workouts to the next level. Remember, the only limit is the length of your tether and your imagination. Now go forth and conquer that stationary ocean!

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