Some lucky people have no problem finding the motivation to get a workout in regularly. Most of us, on the other hand, could be talked out of going to the pool or gym by the Thursday night line-up. If you fall into the latter group, you might want to give Masters Swimming a try.
Masters Swimming is a national program where adults over 18 years old can practice, compete, and interact in a team setting. You can take it at your own pace and be as competitive or non-competitive as you’d like.
There are over thirty Masters teams in the Denver area. Denver University’s Masters Swim Team, the Aquaholics, is one of the largest teams in Colorado. They offer multiple practices throughout the week, excellent coaching, and a friendly team atmosphere. Similar teams stretch from Boulder to Castle Rock, and throughout the state. The Colorado Masters Swimming Association website has a complete list of Colorado Masters teams.
If you are a beginning swimmer, make sure to check with your Masters team for requirements: if you can swim back and forth a couple of times, you’ll probably be cleared for practice. Coaches can help with your stroke technique and efficiency. Maybe this will be your chance to perfect the butterfly.
Set new fitness goals by entering one of the many events sponsored by COMSA each year. August’s Horsetooth Open Water Swim offers 1 mile, 2.5 mile, and 10K swims.
If competing isn’t your thing, and you’d just like to attend practices with a Master’s team, don’t worry about the $40 COMSA official membership fee. You can participate with your team of choice even without the membership.
All the recent buzz about the benefits of group exercise has people realizing they can reach out for extra motivation. Joining a Masters swim team can provide you with the accountability, support, and encouragement you need.