Discovery Vitality Ambassador Chad le Clos has been hitting his personal fitness goals throughout the season, and is now on the cusp of winning an unprecedented fourth FINA Swimming World Cup series title. Find some inspiration from him to hit the pool this summer!
SA swimming sensation Chad le Clos recently topped the second World Cup cluster - which is raced in 25m pools around the world - winning a dozen medals over two galas. The Olympic champ and Discovery Vitality Ambassador is now sitting pretty at the top of the overall 2017 rankings, and is one cluster away from winning his fourth series title.
Chad is tied with fellow South African Cameron van der Burgh with three series titles apiece, with victories in 2011, 2013, and 2014. "Ryk Neethling did really well in the World Cups - winning it two times, Cameron's got three, and hopefully this year I can maybe get a fourth," says Chad.
"I'm in good shape and I am training really hard," he adds. "Last year I became the first person to win 100 medals at the World Cups, so it's all about creating a legacy." Keen to stay in tip-top shape, Chad is currently in Turkey for a training camp before the final three-leg cluster, which starts in Beijing on 10 November 2017.
Top your own personal best in the pool this summer
Want to pump out a workout, but the thought of a run in the sun putting you off? Hit the pool instead for a full body workout that will leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
When it comes to workouts that are fast, that don't require a lot of extra equipment or props, and that offer high health benefits - swimming is hard to beat. And while it'd take some intensity to get you quite as slick as Chad, swimming can definitely help streamline your body, no matter what shape you're in.
Swimming offers a total-body workout in just 20 minutes, making it a great option if you’re trying to fit exercise into your busy day, says Steve Attwell, chairman of ATC Multisport and head coach at Embark.
It gets all your muscles, tendons and joints moving without them bearing weight. This means that you can swim more often, and for longer (as compared to a high-impact sport like running), with a lower risk of injury, Attwell adds.
Plus, swimming helps train your body to control your breath effectively - a technique that, once mastered, can improve your performance in many other sports, such as running and cycling.
So if you're keen to beat the heat this summer - the pool beckons! To get you going, try this this handy time-based swimming workout designed by Attwell:
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