Make wall time work for you. Don’t just stand there. Do this:
• Vertical kicking. If you sink when you try to flutter kick vertically, “it’s an indication you’re not getting a lot out of your kick,” says Jim Bolster, head men’s swim coach for Columbia University. If lane dynamics allow, he says, aim to kick vertically for as long as it would have taken you to swim your 100s.
• Press-outs. Put your hands on deck shoulder-width apart, pull yourself out, lower back down. This is the same motion as the pull and is a surefire way to get your heart rate up, says swim coach Drew Porter. Repeat until a comfortable amount of real estate opens up in the lane.
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