Swimming. It’s not really my thing. I nearly drowned when I was younger and have been scared of the deep end ever since. In fact even the shallow end makes my knees knock. So when Speedo asked me to travel to Majorca and try their new H2OActive range it wasn’t a decision I wanted to dive into. But after some deliberation I decided to take the plunge and confront my fears as every expert starts as a beginner and you have to start somewhere! That, and the fact it was in sunny Majorca. If it had been a coach trip to Margate Lido I don’t think I’d be starting at all.
On shoot I learnt lots about the benefits of working out in the water and how adding it could really compliment my current routine. It works muscles I never even knew I had! Moving some of my favourite HIIT moves into the water meant I burned just as many calories (possibly more because of the resistance) as on land but with the added bonus of reducing the risk of injury and not looking like a sweaty mess.
Since then I have been learning week by week to swim and I’m making great progress but the progress wouldn’t have been as quick if it wasn’t with the help of a few friends. I’m having 1-to-1 lessons with Swim For Tri, attending group swim clubs (Swim Dem Crew is my fave) and partaking in Aquaphysical Float Fit Class for strengthening exercises on top of the water.
Practising in a group is great as I’m still a little nervous to go swimming alone. I’d feel like I’d want to make sure the life guard was looking at me the whole time- nudge nudge. It’s also fun to hang out with new faces week in and week out to discover that I’m not the only adult who swims like a seal trying to breakdance .
I have been practising my strokes wearing the new Speedo H2O Active range and it’s great for a number of reasons
1. It's Vibrant & VERSATILE
Style and function belong together and so with the multiple back strap details, H2O Active range is supportive enough for you to workout both in and out of water. It’s bright, bold, mix and match range can be paired to match your mood and your workout.
2. It’s eco friendly
Thanks to the partnership between Speedo and Aquafil, it is now possible for the fabric to include 78% ECONYL yarn, a nylon fibre made from regenerated plastics including abandoned fishing nets that might otherwise harm animals in the ocean.
Figures show that 20% of global waste comes from the textile and clothing industry, and with Speedo’s help there has been a 21% increase in recycled, non-hazardous waste. The fabric is durable, lasting twice as long as standard swimwear, is resistant to chlorine, suncream, oils and holds it's shape well too, making it perfect for multi fitness needs.
3. You Can BE BODY CONFIDENT
With cropped leggings, high necklines and a range that you can layer, H2O Active is a range fit for any shape or size. It's even good for nervous swimmers like me.
Partnering with Speedo has really sparked a new and enjoyable thirst for learning and so I want to give you the opportunity to win a Speedo fit kit of your choice from the brand new H2o Active range (pictured below), to hopefully encourage you to workout by and in the pool too.
All you have to do is comment below for your chance to win. Give me a comment on Instagram too and let's connect. Winner will be announced on Monday 22nd May. Good luck!
What I'm Wearing: Speedo Swimsuit, leggings, bikini and long-sleeve top
This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with Speedo