Outside Magazine, November 1994
One item that you won't find on the "before-you-dive" checklist is strong legs, but physiologists say that's where scuba divers are often least prepared. Once you're strapped in to a pair of big fins, the same quads and hamstrings that usually propel you with ease can fatigue quickly under a new kind of workload. Unexpected challenges like currents, surge, and long surface swims can make things that much worse.
So to ensure that your relaxing tropical vacation is just that, do some pre-trip pool work. Larry Liebowitz, head coach of the Santa Barbara Swim Club Team and its four national champions, prescribes a four-week schedule with three workouts per week. For the first two weeks, do two endurance workouts for every interval workout; in the last two weeks it's vice versa, and there's more fin work. Of course every session consists predominantly of kicking--you don't see many divers doing the crawl.
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