What is masters swimming?
Masters is designed for adults 18 and older who want to improve fitness and master proper stroke technique to become a faster more efficient swimmer in a supportive and encouraging environment. The word “Masters” was first applied to adults who participated in track and field and was later adopted in organized adult swimming.
Who swims masters?
- Adult fitness swimmers with no previous swim team experience
- Former high school, college, or master competitive swimmers
- Experienced triathletes and open-water swimmers
- Entry-level triathletes
Participates should be comfortable swimming at least a few hundred yards continuously using freestyle (or front crawl) stroke. Experience with other competitive strokes is welcomed but not required. Flip-turns are welcomed but not required. All strokes and technique will be taught. We do compete for those interested in racing, but again this is not required.
What if I’m not fast enough or in shape enough to be a Masters swimmer?
This is something a lot of Masters Coaches hear. However, most Masters Coaches and swimmers don’t care how fast you are. In nearly every program, there are others of similar ability, or those who started where you are and have improved. Don’t let your perceived ability or lack thereof, hold you back. Although it’s important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don’t need to be in shape to start Masters swimming—Masters swimming will help you get there.
Deep Water Running
Deep water running is one of the most effective total body workouts a person can do. Using your own body to create resistance against the water utilizes every muscle in the body. This form of exercise has been used by injured athletes for years, but it is also a great tool for anyone whose body is tired from overuse and high-impact exercise. Even if you are not injured this is great way to get strong and flexible. The action of the body against the water works to lengthen muscles while the resistance created works on strength.You control the amount of resistance by how hard you push and pull your arms and legs while maintaining a stable torso.