dt+n caters to the swimming needs of the greater Princeton, Pennington, Ewing and Yardley communities via a Masters Swim Program located at The Windsor Athletic Club; WAC located at 99 Clarksville Rd West Windsor, NJ 08550. Our practice meets twice a week; Monday and Wednesdays at 6-7:00am. It is ideal for novice to advanced swimmers and triathletes. Swims are lead by multiple IRONMAN and ULTRAMAN Triathlon Age Group World Champion Chris Draper and staff of dt+n; Draper Training and Nutrition.
Why Join Masters?…
For those new to swimming, you may find that self-instruction is only getting you so far. If you’re an adult, is it too late to join a swimming team, especially if you didn’t establish any speed or technique in your younger years? Not at all. In fact, more than 55,000 adults are members of Masters Swim programs around the country. And no, don’t be intimidated by the “Masters” label—it only means that you’re over the age of 18. Joining a Masters group will benefit you about as much as you let it, depending on the amount of commitment you give. Many triathletes and open water swimmers who compete in events join Masters programs, while others join to compete in Masters swim meets. Many more, however, join but don’t compete at all. If you’re on the fence about whether to join a Masters program or continue training on your own, consider the benefits:
A Structured Program
Masters swim workout groups have a specific, structured program in place for each practice. The program is written by a knowledgeable coach and they will help you build endurance and speed. They will also be intensive enough to push you outside of your comfort zone. So really, whatever your motivation to swim—triathlon training, open water swim races, or just staying healthy and fit—it pays to add some structure to your training sessions. Masters swim programs could be precisely the boost you need.
Swimming is extremely hard to perfect without an outsider looking at your stroke. It’s difficult to know where the flaws in your technique are without some coaching—in some cases, a lot of coaching. Going from zero to good swimmer takes time, and oftentimes correcting a stroke is an ongoing process. Some swimmers have multiple flaws in their stroke, errors that need to be addressed one at a time. For that reason, having a coach watching over you on a consistent basis will do wonders in cleaning up your flaws and getting you faster. Having a coach on deck during a workout, a definite plus for those looking to improve in the water.
Nothing pushes you like a workout partner—and in the case of swimming, a lane partner or two. In many cases, you are sharing lanes at Masters workouts, often with swimmers who are similar in ability to you. Keeping up with their pace—and making sure you don’t get lapped—is enough of a motivator to keep your intensity level high during the hour workout. A little competition goes a long way.
The program will have a consistent practice time—for example, every Monday and Wednesday at 6:00a.m.—which helps establish some consistency in your training and makes it harder to “not have the time” to get your workout in. If you or friends have children, you can appreciate the likeness of soccer practice for the kids, the Masters workout have a set time, which makes it easy to plan your life around them if it’s important to you.
Registration (open to members and non-members) can be completed in the online dt+n store. Preregistration required. For further inquiries please reach a fin out:
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