Fitness + Well-being

Love Your Legs With This Swim Workout


Instead of sticking to your usual running routine this week, challenge your legs with a swim.

Similar to running, swimming is an optimal cardio workout and an impact-friendly way to cross-train. A total-body workout, this intermediate swim includes sets geared specifically at your legs. Substitute it for one of your weekly runs, or use it to train for your next triathlon.

It's a tough one, but your legs will thank you!

Warmup: 400 yards100 yards freestyle — easy2 x 50 yards (1 lap butterfly, 1 lap backstroke) — moderate (rest: 30 seconds)*100 yards freestyle — easy2 x 50 yards (1 lap breaststroke, 1 lap freestyle) — moderate (rest: 30 seconds)

Intervals: 700 yards100 yards IM (all four strokes**) — strong4 x 25 yards kick*** freestyle — sprint (rest: 30 seconds)50 yards freestyle — easy100 yards kick freestyle — sprintRest 60, repeat the set

Recovery: 100 yards100 yards backstroke — easy (rest: 10)

Endurance: 600 yards3 x 200 yards pull**** freestyle — medium (rest: 60)

Speed: 200 yards4 x 50 yards kick freestyle — strong (rest: 30 seconds)

Warmdown: 200 yards4 x 50 yards — one lap freestyle, one lap backstroke (rest: as needed)

Total: 2,200 yards.

*Rest the listed amount between reps/laps**Individual Medley (IM): All four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle***Kick: Use a kickboard and use just your legs to power yourself across the pool****Pull: Hold a buoy with your legs and use only your arms to swim

Starting to get the swim of things? Pair the above workout with this stroke and interval swim a few times a week this summer!