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12 Pool/Open Water WODs

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The pool – or open water (ocean, river, etc.) if you have access – is an ideal venue for a cardiovascular endurance workout. As far as cardio goes, high-effort swimming is extremely effective—you’ll be panting like a dog after a hard swim.

Exercises: Most swim WODs will require you to swim for a certain distance, but to become a more effective swimmer there are skills and drills you can do other than just swim. CrossFit put out a great article back in 2005 called Swimming, CrossFit Style that shared some circuits, drills, and training plans. Exercises like treading water, underwater swims, and diving all serve one ultimate purpose: to build a more effective and efficient swimmer.

Travel: If you’re traveling and staying at a hotel with a pool, swim WODs are a great option because you can get an intense cardiovascular workout in twenty minutes or less. The hotel may not let you bring other equipment to the pool, but you can add in some out-of-water bodyweight movements and do “Rocket.”

Grab your bathing suit and goggles (and your grit—you’ll need it) and try out a pool/open water WOD for your next workout!