The Pool event at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games revealed dramatic differences in swimming efficiency. Adam Palmer explains how you can learn to cut through the water.
The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games introduced a swimming event held in a pool, which was unprecedented in the brief history of the Games. The event was 10 rounds of a 25-yard swim, 3 bar muscle-ups and another 25-yard swim, and the short lengths in the water revealed the less-than-ideal stroke mechanics of a number of athletes.
Some competitors, such as former collegiate swimmer Jordan Troyan, made the swim look easy. The former All-American from West Chester University won the event handily. Others weren’t so efficient in the water and wasted valuable time and energy getting across the pool.
As CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman said, “We fail at the margins of our experience.” With that in mind, here are some suggestions for improving your efficiency in the water, whether you’re a novice or more experienced swimmer.