This intense training combines resistance swimming with endurance to build stamina and strong muscles if done regularly. Circuit training is a type of fitness training based upon sound physiological principles, to provide varied activity and continuous challenge for the participants.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT), is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods, until you are too exhausted to continue.
Though there is no universal HIIT session duration, these workouts typically last under 30 minutes, with times varying based on a participant's current fitness level.
Lifeguard effectiveness is intimately related to the individual proficiency of many of skills.
Most lifesaving skills are complex psycho-motor skills requiring continual practice,
so this circuit training program can be very beneficial to any aquatic lifeguards.
Combine this with a good sports nutrition programme for best results.
For optimum effect this training is done fully clothed. You can vary the training level by adding or removing clothing layers. We recommend the following kit for beginners:
The more clothes you wear, the harder it gets.
Think of weight lifting.
As you get stronger add a sweatshirt or hoodie under the anorak,
and replace shorts with long running tights or jogging pants.
That will soak up more water, making this training much more demanding.
Swim as many pool lengths as you can until you're exhausted. After every 100 meters change your swimstroke and insert the exercises further below.
Do 10 poolside push-ups. Or do 5 and increase by 5 with every set. The waterlogged clothes will make this a tough exercise. The more you wear, the harder this gets.
Come out of the pool and do 10 poolside push-ups. Keep your back straight.
This exercise strengthens both arms and legs. With feet half way up the ladder, pull yourself out of the water and drop back in again, about 20 times.
Alternating with above every two lengths spend a minute climbing out and falling back in. See how often you can do that in a minute. Five times is quite good. Ten times would be great. Then tread water for 3 minutes.
Light movements for a while help lower your heart rate and bring your back to normal. Don't stop suddenly. The shallow pool is a good place to relax after this intensive training.
After you leave the pool, rinse the chlorinated water out of all your swim clothes. This works best while you wear them under the shower, rather than bunched up in a bucket or wash basin. Then hang them up to dry in a ventilated spot so they're ready for your next session.
Your clothes will last longer if they have a chance to dry out properly. Don't wear them every day in the pool. Choose three different sets and rotate their use. This gives you a chance to vary your training load by wearing more or less clothes for each pool session.
Every week take one or two days off from your training programme. Do something else that challenges you in different ways, like cycling or running in the rain. Enjoy!