Swimming in a Short Pool

Team MaccaX member Charles Breen asks: So what’s the verdict on 20-meter pools? 

Looking at options (haven’t had a swim for nearly a year I think). There’s a 20-meter pool near my home train station so I can get there as often as I like after work. Or there’s an Olympic pool about 20mins away BUT only open to the public sporadically.

Twenty-five meters I’m ok with, but 20 meters seems more like a big bath than a pool.

"You might get dizzy, but good for your technique!"

Belinda Granger said: We have a 20-meter pool here at home and it’s perfectly fine to swim in. I try not to do really long intervals- so I stick to 100’s and 200’s but I love it.

Justin Granger added: 20m works – 5 lap 100’s. Never lose your form and walk away from your workouts with full benefit.

Tim Ford recommended: You might get dizzy but good for your technique. Ultimately, whatever is going to help you getting back into it mate!

Shorter pools enable you to use good form throughout your swim because the short break at the wall helps you reset. It is better for your technique to swim 20 meters with good form than swim 50 meters with a form that’s breaking down. Practice makes permanent, so whatever helps you practice perfectly will benefit your form in the long run.

MaccaX offers a wide range of triathlon training plans to suit your fitness and goals. You may also inquire with our coaches for customized plans.



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Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer with ten years of experience in the field of fitness and wellness. She blogs at KikayRunner.com about endurance sport in the Philippines and beyond.