Quick Set: Swim on the Go

Use these three tricks to keep your upper body engaged while on the road.

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Swimming can be one of the toughest sports to maintain while traveling. Here are a few go-to options for when a lap pool is nowhere to be found.

Hit the hotel gym

Go through a rotation of exercises with weights: lat pull-downs, tricep dips, chest flys, lateral raises, shoulder press, and cable rows.

Pack some stretch cords

Hook the bungee system to a doorknob or pole. Mimic the underwater catch, pull, and finish on dryland by holding the ends of the bungee for resistance. Perform sets of 30 seconds on/30 seconds off while maintaining high elbows and good technique.

Use that jellybean-shaped hotel pool with this time-based workout.

Swim the perimeter of the pool, in circles, if possible. Take 30 to 60 seconds rest between sets.

5-minute easy warm-up swim (change directions at 2:30)

5 minutes as: Streamline kick one length of the pool, scull one length, non-free one length, FAST free one length

5-minute swim as 20 strokes hard, 20 strokes easy

5-minute swim with sighting every fifth breath

5 minutes as: Swim 4 lengths of the pool, climb out at the steps, do 5 push-ups/10 crunches/5 squats, REPEAT

5 minutes choice cool-down swim (change directions at 2:30)

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