Workout Terms and Acronyms
Swimmer should swim Freestyle
Swimmer should swim Backstroke
Swimmer should swim Breaststroke
Swimmer should swim Butterfly
Swimmer should swim Individual Medley. The individual medley is all four strokes together in the following order: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle (Front crawl).
Choice stroke (CH)
The swimmer may choose whichever stroke they wish, whether it is kick or pull, and can use any equipment as well.
Mixed strokes (MX)
The swimmer should swim a mixture of strokes.
More information about each piece of equipment can be found here.
Fins (fins) - Fins/Flippers should be used
Paddles (pads) - Hand paddles should be used
Pull Buoy (p-buoy) - Pull Buoy should be used
Kickboard (k-board) - Kickboard should be used
You can find a breakdown of the effort ranges here.
Easy (easy) - Easy swimming is smooth and relaxed while maintaining skill. This type of swimming is used as a form of recovery.
Moderate (mod) - Moderate swimming is an effort that has a slightly elevated heart rate, comfortable breathing, and is sustainable for prolonged swims.
Strong (strong) - Strong swimming is an effort of swimming that is at an elevated heart rate and heavy breathing. This form of swimming is uncomfortably sustainable.
Fast (fast) - Fast swimming is an effort at a maximum heart rate and can only be maintained up to a few minutes until muscular fatigue sets in.
Max (max) - Max (maximum) swimming is bouts of all-out effort. Max efforts are typically short swims or can be integrated as short bursts within longer swims.