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Seasonal Considerations for Each Week and Workout

January 16, 2018

There are focus points and workout goals to consider listed before each week’s outline in the Faster Swimming seasonal plan. Fly kicking, breathing expectations, racing and race pace, total yardage with the % of kicking, and racing are all included, along with paddle sets, underwater kicking, turn considerations, and much, much more.  The taper part […]

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Question re: Weightlifting for High School Swimmers

December 22, 2017

Q I’ve had a chance to look over your ebook. I’m very impressed but have a question regarding the weightlifting section. My son is 5′ 3″ and weighs 111 pounds. He will be a 10th grader and is obviously small for his age. Should he be doing the weight lifting considering his size and his […]

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Regeneration

December 22, 2017

One of the most overlooked aspects of successful training in the Western World is that of regeneration. Regeneration is the product of sound training and methods that help in repairing athletes to function better. Recovery (or rest) and restoration (return of energy, hormonal, or other levels) are entwined in this process, but do not provide […]

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Questions from Across the Pond

December 22, 2017

This note and the following questions are received from a coach just North-west of London, England. “I coach on a voluntary basis and have a passion to ensure I give the very best to my swimmers and ensuring that they arrive at the championships in March in the best form they can. All help and […]

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Winter Break Practices

December 22, 2017

Increased volume = Increased energy use = Increased calorie intake! Body weight should NOT drop more than 3 pounds during an intense period of training in-season. Most large training load increases in-season come in 2 or 3 week periods, and the benefits can be numerous, BUT… Losing weight quickly in-season does NOT equate to being […]

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Administering Test Sets

December 22, 2017

Let’s administer test sets while maintaining yardage goals. Work in as you see fit but try to complete during the week. The test sets are to establish repeat pace per 100’s on all strokes to help the swimmer and coach adjust send offs for the Holiday training demands. The following warm up is a great […]

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Thoughts on Training

December 22, 2017

OK… No nonsense here – just some thoughts on training pertaining to what I’ve been reading lately and how I train my teams (swimming, track, and many others). No particular order, but the pieces do fit: A. Training regularly, systematically, and progressively are keys to obtaining the desired goals of training (better competitive performances!!). B. […]

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Workout Nutrition

December 22, 2017

WHEN you eat can be as important as WHAT you eat regarding workout nutrition. There are an endless array of supplements and wonder-foods available, many promising a great return if you simply purchase their product. Well, there are some supplements that could help with workouts and recovery, but they are just that – supplements to […]

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Fitness and Fatigue

December 22, 2017

When training to compete we increase our fitness by recovering from our training. There are several models to describe training and it’s after effects, the most popular and recognized of which is the single-factor model. The single-factor model proposes that training is the stimulus for super-compensation, and that repeated bouts of gradually increasing intensity result […]

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Tapering

December 22, 2017

Tapering is a great experience but only a tool to enhance optimum performance. Swimmers must take into consideration all the factors that will be mentioned in this article. Tapering isn’t the magic pill to faster swimming but one of the factors to faster swimming. Once you have established your aerobic capacity and finished your maximum […]

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Strength Training Manual for Handhelds

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  • 50 days of complete strength training workouts.
  • 16 to 25 weeks of workouts (2-3 days/week).
  • Links to videos explaining the mechanics of EVERY exercise.
  • A proven strength training system created by strength training coaches.
  • Used in many club, high school and university teams.
  • Purchase includes the Cross Training with Dryland manual in PDF format!

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