We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Choose the Best Swimming Sets?

Jessica Ellis
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Swimming sets are regulated series of swimming laps that may involve a variety of strokes or techniques. Choosing the best swimming sets may depend on ability, endurance, and fitness goals. In order to choose the best swimming sets, it is important to understand how different general workouts benefit the body.

Just as in walking or running, swimming at all one speed for an entire workout may not be as beneficial, or as interesting, as varying pace and difficulty. Many swim workouts are organized as either ladders or pyramids. In a ladder workout, each swimming set either increases or decreases. For instance, a decreasing ladder might include a 75 meter(246 ft) swim, 50 m(164 ft) swim, and a 25 m(82 ft) swim, with 20 seconds of rest in between each swim. In a pyramid, the distances first increase and then decrease; one example is a 50 m (164 ft) swim, 75 m(246 ft) swim, 100 m(328 ft) swim, 75 m(246 ft) swim, 50 m(164 ft) swim. These can help stretch endurance and provide more diversion than simple doing a set number of same-distance laps.

Speed can also be a method of determining swim sets. Some swimming experts suggest negative split or buildup, swimming sets to help increase speed. In a negative split workout, a swimmer tries to swim faster in the second half of the distance. For instance, in 100 m(328 ft) swim, the swimmer would speed up considerable after 50 m(164 ft) had passed. A buildup swimming set is when the swimmer gradually increases his or her pace throughout the set, in a slow, building pattern to full speed.

Those looking to improve swimming form may want to spend time doing focused swimming sets. These may include distances where the swimmer kicks only, or only uses one arm to stroke. This allows the swimmer to pay close attention to the placement and movement of each component of a stroke.

It is important to remember to include a warmup and cool down period when doing swim sets. These are essential to preventing injury as well as helping the body prepare properly for a hard work out and relax after a tiring session. It is also important to include rest sessions between sets of swimming. Water may decrease perception of exertion, especially as it may seem like the swimmer is not sweating at all. Including rest periods helps prevent overexertion and may even help improve stamina over time.

Another way to choose swimming sets is by stroke type. Consistently performing one type of stroke only can lead to repetitive stress injuries or muscle strain, particularly in beginners. Consider taking a swim skills class to teach the proper form and practice of basic strokes, including freestyle, breast stroke, butterfly, and back stroke. Varying swim strokes can also help provide a more balanced workout for all muscle groups.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Jessica Ellis
By Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis brings a unique perspective to her work as a writer for WiseGeek. While passionate about drama and film, Jessica enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics, creating content that is both informative and engaging for readers.
Discussion Comments
Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.