Today we’ll try to answer a series of questions that often go through the minds of open-water athletes.
One of the most common questions, especially during the summer months, is about the possibility of preparing for a race without being able to constantly workout in these conditions. Is it possible to prepare for an open-water in the pool? If so, how?
The answer is quite simple. Yes, it’s also possible to prepare for an open-water competition in a pool.
Another question regarding open-water usually is about the technique of free-style swimming. Is it suggested to swim with straight arms or bent elbows?
In swimming there are different techniques that are suitable for different swimmers. What might be efficient for one swimmer, doesn’t necessarily be the best option for another swimmer.
Both the styles of free-style swimming mentioned earlier have advantages and disadvantages.
Finally, the last question.
Why is it that I work out almost every day without seeing improvements? How long do I have to work out?
The answer isn’t “how long” but the way in which you’re working out.
An athlete can spend hours upon hours working out, but without a proper program, most of that time spent in the water, is wasted.
3 times a week for a professional athlete can be enough in order to obtain great results, obviously depending on the level you start out on. Quantity and quality go hand-in-hand. In this case, only quality means what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Those are elements which only a professional trainer can give you.
If you got curious about other aspects while reading this article, let us know!