Morning Workout!?

This is a reminder that Senior (Coach Grady) and Sectional (Coach Terrell) groups DO HAVE morning workouts Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:15am-6:30am.

Reasons for Morning Workouts

With early morning practice, a swimmer will pick up…

Time management skills.

With the “fall to sleep by X hour in order to get Y number of hours of sleep” deadline never far I was forced to be on point when I got home from PM practice.

This meant doing homework, eating dinner (often at the same time), emptying and drying out towels and swimsuits, and prepping food for the following day. I envied my friends who didn’t swim and their lackadaisical evenings.

When you are running on a tight schedule the benefit is that you not only learn to prioritize the important stuff, but you find you are able to get things done faster.

If you’ve never heard of Parkinson’s Law, it states that the things you do expands or contracts as to fill the time allotted to complete it. In other words, whether you have one hour or four hours, the task will fill up the void of time you give it.

Knowing that you have a finite amount of time each evening forces you to make do with the minutes and hours available to you.

Simulates swim meets with two sessions per day.

Getting up and being ready to swim fast in the morning is a nice bonus that is learned over the span of doing morning workouts.

Your body learns to be ready to race and to swim lights-out in the AM, something that can come in handy when you need to get up and swim like a boss during heats at a swim meet.

Sets you up for a big PM session.

Whether it is muscle memory, still being “warm” from the earlier session, or having a better feel for the water because of the recent swim, I’ve always found that the second session of the day I feel better in the water, and more ready to swim lights out fast.

When the morning workout consisted mainly of kick and drill work I had a greater feel for the water at night, and typically swam great after the “set-up” workout earlier that day.

(This effect holds true to this day, even though my “early” morning workout aren’t nearly as early they once were.)

Makes you mentally tougher.

Being able to perform when conditions aren’t great, when you haven’t had a great night of rest become more important as you progress through your career in the pool. One of the hallmarks of elite swimmers is their ability to swim fast no matter the circumstance.

This type of adaptability is earned through experience, and morning workouts provide this. It’s important to be able to race on low sleep (sleeping poorly as a result of pre-race jitters the night before competition is wildly common), when you are stressed out, and when the situation calls for anything but fast swimming.

These moments in training give you the confidence to know that you can represent when it comes to crunch time no matter what circumstances present themselves.

Gets your butt into bed early.

Sure, you might be getting to bed early because you simply can’t bear the thought of being groggy for another day, or you are so tired from the day that you are falling asleep in your textbooks, but morning workouts encourage earlier bedtimes.

Increased frequency of training.

The more frequently you swim, the quicker you’ll tolerate the stress that comes from training.

By getting in the pool more often—even if they are for sessions with less volume and intensity—your body will adapt and be able to train harder.

Swimming being the technical endeavor that it is requires a steady diet of work, and the addition of those morning sessions can help ingrain a better technique and feel for the water.