Why You Should Be Incorporating Swimming into Your Training

  2017-08-24 09:00AM
As CrossFitters, we are used to beating our bodies down into the ground at the box. We run, row, lift heavy, bike, push, and pull every single day. What’s something most of us don’t have the opportunity to test in our hour at the box? Our ability in the water! Here are some key reasons to think about incorporating swimming into your training:
  1. Alleviate pains through active recovery. Swimming is a low-impact, full-body workout that can be used as a supplement to your current training protocol. Swimming is a tremendous tool for active recovery as it helps flush blood lactate due to the natural hydrostatic properties of water. It has also shown to help reduce tissue inflammation, which is incredibly common in CrossFit athletes.
  3. Change of pace for aerobic work. Swimming can be utilized as another method for building your aerobic capacity, or your physiological ability to do work as measured by oxygen consumption. Rather than going for a long run or bike ride, swimming can be used as another tool to build your engine and ability to work for long periods of time.
  5. Mental challenge. Unless you have a background in swimming or grew up by a body of water, many of us panic when we have to jump in the water and swim for time. By pushing out of our comfort zone, we are able to channel new layers of both our mental and physical fitness.
If you don’t swim already, consider implementing it as a use of active recovery on your rest days. It can also serve as a great way to get some fitness in when you’re traveling and away from the box. All you need is water to swim in, your body, and some courage. Enjoy!


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