A swim workout to prepare you for the possibility of being stranded at sea with a tiger in your lifeboat. No guarantees that this swim workout will actually do you any good in a Life of Pi situation, but at least it is incredible motivation to work out.
This swim workout is meant to prepare you for open water swimming by focusing on sprint starts and endurance swimming. The total distance for this swim workout is 3000 yards, so get ready for a serious workout.
Life of Pi Swim Workout:
- 500 yards warmup, your choice of strokes & speed
- 8 x 50 yards crawl, aim for 1:00 per 50 yards
- 400 yards crawl bilateral (alternate sides) breathing
- 4 x 100 yards crawl, aim for 2:00 per 100 yards
- 400 yards crawl bilateral breathing
- 400 yards crawl intervals, alternate between “sprint” and “rest” laps
- 500 cooldown with bilateral breathing, your choice of strokes
How does this swim workout prepare you for open water swimming?
Working on both sprints and endurance swimming will help you escape dangerous open water situations, while avoiding fatigue. Bilateral breathing is crucial to your swimming endurance as it forces you to use muscles on both sides evenly (you can get cramps from breathing only on one side during long-distance swims). This workout is meant to be done in a pool to prepare you for open water swimming, so don’t jump in the ocean just yet.