I’m late to the party, but I dont really think it has much to do with the exercise as it does with you the individual, and what you are or aren’t doing.
Swimming tears me up more than other form of cardio/conditioning. I used to swim competitively for four years in highschool, and I still swim currently. A bit less than I used to but you get it.
It comes down to technique and breathing really. Are you swimming laps? Do you do mostly freestyle? Butterfly? Breast stroke? Do you keep your head above the water most times? When you’ve reached the end of the lap do you stop, kick turn underwater, or just turn and kick off from the pool wall? Does most of your power come from your legs or your arms? Overall do you swim soft or hard? Can you dish out a considerable amount of meters when swimming?
I ask because it can kind of get skewed if you’re an experienced swimmer. You noted that you’re progressing with swings, but with the addition of a new weight it’s prompting you to have to adapt. Is there any facet of your swimming that’s having to cause you to have to adapt even more? If not, I think it would be safe to say you’re just good at swimming now, in which it’s fairly easy for your heart rate and breathing to return to normal.
I wouldn’t completely agree with this just because there are a multitude of ways where one can easily become conditioning, and the other cardio. And so on.
Not saying anyone is wrong though.
Again just to focus on this part of what you said, I think it comes down to how fast you’re going and what you’re doing specifically. I’ve noticed a considerable change just by where I’m keeping my head. If I’m keeping my head solely above the water, it’s…idk easier to catch my breath. If I’m doing…say freestyle, really going in, and moving my head in that back to back fashion that’s gonna cause me to have to have to hold my breath after one whole cycle of strokes, by the time I finish however many meters my chest is on fire.
This is just my own speculation…but essentially you can kind of manipulate that same breathing with something like KBs. Concerning how you breath at least. If you’ve got some rhythm of breathing down I think it’ll produce that same feeling regardless. Swimming or swinging.
As far as intervals go I think they’re more similar than they are different. This is more or less a rhetorical question. When you swim, would you say you’re keeping the exact same pace as when you started once you’re nearly done? Nah. Not really. You’re gonna slow down. Of course you can’t full on stop when swimming, but you can still reach a point where your body can get back to stasis. Kinda the same with KBs yeah? You’ll slow down and rest as fatigue sets in. Say you push it though…your heart and breathing will respond accordingly. Say you try push the pace while swimming…well…same thing with your heart rate and breathing.
I’m not throwing shade on anyone here. Also not saying you’re doing anything wrong. Just saying you’re doing things…different I suppose.
Again… this is my own speculation. The mention of swimming also got me excited since I don’t see many other swimmers on here.