What To Do When The Pool Is Packed

  • By Marty Munson
  • Published Nov 17, 2014
  • Updated Nov 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Too crowded to do your 10x100s? Don’t bail. Here’s how to get a decent workout in when the entire town seems to be in your lane.

Get your head in the right place.

Don’t get wrapped up in how you’re not going to accomplish your workout’s original purpose. “You have to throw your original workout away,” says Debi Bernardes, founder of U Can Do It Coaching ( in King George, Va. Make your new purpose to be more efficient with your stroke by the time you get out of the pool.

The bonus: Focusing on your stroke might make you faster than that timed set would have, anyway. “Efficiency through proper biomechanics has been proven to be more important than power,” says Los Angeles swim coach Drew Porter, founder of Quixotic Racing ( “So use that as a great excuse to have a nice drill workout.”

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