Why swimming non-stop and fast makes you slow

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It may be the biggest trap in our sport, and many people fall for it: thinking you need to go all out all the time and thinking that training slow, makes you slow. It’s often referred to the “one speed syndrome” or “single speed syndrome”. Just like how running or cycling slow – endurance training – eventually helps you to become faster, the same goes for swimming. The video below clearly describes why you shouldn’t always swim non-stop and fast. It’s not only more fun to swim different sets and paces – at least, that’s what most people would feel like – it’s also more beneficial for your development as an athlete.

The following video sums up and explains why it’s better to spice your swim training up with some different sets, intervals, and even strokes: