How swimming laps can rebuild your physique — and calm your mind
Unleash your inner Michael Phelps with a dip — and some proper training — in the pool.
IF THE SCALY, MICHAEL PHELPS-IAN SEA CREATURE IN GUILLERMO del Toro’s aquatic love story inspired you to finally perfect your whip kick, Derek Mcgregor can help. He coaches the Master’s Program at Toronto’s Boulevard Club, pictured above. Mcgregor’s twice-weekly swim meet brings together everyone from students to retired bank executives, and he sees that broad age span as a testament to the enduring spiritual connection that swimmers form with the sport. “It’s something you pick up for life,” he says, “because you start to really appreciate the way that it keeps you vibrant.” Credit the restorative properties of cool water, which makes even an intense workout feel like a refreshing escape. Here’s Mcgregor’s guide to ensuring a dip in the pool delivers optimal benefits once you’re back on land.