- Sep 7, 2006
- High up!
It means go play in the damn stuff, that's what it means. The best and only way to get comfortable in water is to be in it, not just for workout purposes, but to PLAY - that way you'll get comfortable with water in your nose and mouth and ears and eyes at unexpected times. Practice somersaults underwater, multiples, backwards and forwards, add a twist or three, as many as you can. Note: when doing this, have a buddy next to you in case you get disoriented and they can direct you to the surface. No joke, it will happen. Spend as much time as you can in water that moves and is over your head. If you can't get to salt water, then get into rivers. If they only thing you've got is lakes or pools, then do that too.
You'll note that I'm steering you towards the playful part of life - and that's deliberate. Work hard, but play harder. Stack up memories - you'll need them when you're in the suck, those memories are what keep ya going.
As for your workout, incorporate treading water with weights, bobbing, fin work and diving for weights into your water workout. Out of water, go with rowing, and development of your shoulders and quads.