Monday, 13 July 2009

Swimming HIIT Session - In and Out in 7 Minutes

Location: Woodcock Sports Centre Swimming Pool, Aston University
Date: 13th July

5 x Front crawl length, 100% effort, 30 - 60 seconds rest between each

Total time: 7 minutes

Post Workout Nutrition: scrambled egg, kiwi and cinnamon, an hour later.

This was tough. I genuinely gave each length everything I had, making a point of throwing every bit of aggression I could muster into the final metres even when I was running out of steam.

I used to do tabata front crawl sprints which seemed somehow easier, but I think if I am honest about the tabatas, I was not really going 100% at the start because I knew I had 7 more to go.

Having just finished Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint (review on Pay Now Live Later) I am newly motivated to exercised at that I am being chased by a wild animal level.

For the rest of the day I was at the cusp of feeling as if I had overdone it, but ultimately pulled through. BBS session 6 on Thursday so plenty of rest for a couple of days.


Greg at Live Fit said...

I started swimming after having completed my first half marathon. Thought it would be comparatively easy. Boy was I wrong. Swimming is GREAT for HIIT.

Methuselah said...

Hi Greg - that's interesting - it ties in which Doug McGuff's point about cardio training creating an adaption to a specific activity rather than a increase fundamental fitness - which would perhaps explain why your running fitness didn't initially translate into an equivalent level of swimming fitness?