Learning a new skill as an adult is a humbling experience. It can also be a very therapeutic and rewarding experience.
Swimming can help improve your flexibility, strength, circulation and lung capacity. It is also a great way to reduce stress and overcome anxiety. Learning to swim as an adult has been cited by many as being a source of empowerment - achieving something that was previously considered too intimidating.
Open water swimming has gained popularity in recent years, both on it's own and due to the growth of the sport of triathlon. Training and/or competing at the Master's Swimming level provides instruction, motivation and a source of fellowship among a community of swimmers of all abilities. Many who train will go on to compete - both in the pool, open water races, triathlons and solo marathon swims.
For many who grew up swimming and stopped in adulthood, this is an opportunity to re-awaken long-forgotten muscles and senses. A chance to re-gain both a sense of fitness and of purpose. Whether it's setting a goal of swimming the annual half-miler, improving your performance in the first leg of a triathlon or aspiring to swim the English Channel, a renewed focus on swimming is a great way to achieve goals and gain confidence in an impact-free environment.
Jeff Rake is an ASCA Certified Level-1 Coach. As I have done with dozens of others over the past 2 years, I will analyze your stroke and provide feedback to help improve your technique, and then offer a workout program to gradually improve endurance, build on freestyle skills and motivate you to reach your goals.