How to Bring a Swim Workout to the Pool #TricksOfTheTrade

One of the best parts about writing a swim workout book is that I can do my own workouts anytime I want!!!

One of the best parts about writing a swim workout book is that I can do my own workouts anytime I want!!! I blurred the workout out before posting this photo, but the workout would have lasted much longer than I needed it for this practice.

Bringing a workout to the pool is not as complicated as one might imagine. Sure, you can go to the effort of laminating a workout, but that isn’t really necessary.

All I do is get the workout on paper (sometimes handwritten, sometimes printed) and then slap it onto a kickboard and splash some water on it so it sticks. Then I prop the kickboard up against something (like a pull buoy, mesh bag or other kickboards) at the edge of the pool so I don’t have to lean over to read it and do the workout, referring to the paper as necessary.

Mosts triathletes don’t have to spend too much time in the pool, and I say that lovingly as I compare their training needs to swim team needs. We used this method on my team in high school and my team in college. How long will a sheet of paper last? It should last long enough to make it to the end of your workout (2-3 hours). Occasionally, a workout will get folded/torn/damaged, but it usually isn’t an issue. If you’re worried, make two copies!

Be creative! I’ve wrapped workouts around water bottles or even set them on the pool deck.

You can also set the sheet directly onto the pool deck, but we find they don't last as long.

You can also set the sheet directly onto the pool deck, but we find they don’t last as long and might move if they get splashed during a flipturn.

What method do you  use to bring  your workout to the pool?



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4 replies

  1. I use a ziplock bag- works perfectly and lasts long enough to do some of the workouts another time!

    • Perfect! I see a lot of people using that method but I haven’t used it myself. Since we’re printing a paper version of our book first, it is going to be one of the methods I recommend people try to keep the book from getting ruined by the elements until we print a waterproof version.

  2. Before I learned what pull buoys were for, I always saw them propping up kickboards displaying swim workouts. For a few months, I thought that was their sole purpose. LOL. Of course, I also thought that they were called pool buoys. I’ve learned a lot from you! BTW, looking forward to a waterproof version of the book! –Kgo

    • LOL, that is too funny! So is the pool buoy part. I had a dream about the waterproof version the other night. I started printing them at home but had to cut the pages by hand (with scissors) before putting in the spiral. I was trying to do it in my “spare” time… Hope you’re doing great, Kendra!

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