You may have guessed this already, but here at Jesmond Pool we like swimming. It’s a fun and accessible way to exercise, and comes with a host of great health benefits.

But, just like with any other activity, it can be easy to fall into comfortable swimming routines and stop pushing ourselves. Often it’s simply that we’re too familiar with our exercise patterns. Our brains anticipate what’s coming next, and we don’t work as hard. To combat this, sometimes it’s best just to throw ourselves in at the deep end (figuratively speaking) and try something new and unfamiliar.

With this in mind, we’ve put together 6 swimming sessions, ranging from 375 to 1000 meters, that you can use to mix up your next swim. Enjoy!

1000 meters

Warm-up

2 lengths freestyle

Main set

4 lengths freestyle

4 lengths breaststroke.

2 lengths freestyle.

2 lengths pull.

Repeat main set 3 times

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

800 meters

Warm-up

1 length freestyle

Main set

2 lengths backstroke

4 lengths breaststroke

8 lengths individual medley

1 length freestyle

2 lengths backstroke

4 lengths breaststroke

8 lengths individual medley

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

600 meters

Warm-up

1 length freestyle

Main set

2 lengths breaststroke

2 lengths backstroke

6 lengths freestyle

2 lengths pull

4 lengths individual medley

2 lengths breaststroke

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

500 meters

Warm-up

4 lengths freestyle

Main set

4 lengths breaststroke

6 lengths freestyle (20 second rest between lengths)

4 lengths sprint (30 second rest between lengths)

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle.

 

400 meters

Warm-up

4 lengths freestyle

Main set

6 lengths freestyle

4 lengths side stroke

Cool-down

2 lengths easy freestyle

 

375 meters

Warm-up

3 lengths breaststroke

Main set

2 lengths freestyle

1 length breaststroke

1 length freestyle

2 lengths backstroke

1 length freestyle

1 length backstroke

2 lengths backstroke

1 length freestyle

Cool-down

1 length backstroke

 

More exercise, less pool

If you enjoyed this post and would like to follow some more pre-made routines for exercising out of the water, have a look at The Tennis Champ Workout and 6 Plyometric Exercises To Turbo-Boost Your Workouts for some poolside workouts.