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Creating Goals for Athletes

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Every athlete wants to excel, but the will to excel is insignificant without the will to prepare to excel. Preparation is where many athletes fail. Most are willing to put in hours on top of hours of training, but almost no time is devoted to planning or record keeping. This planning (and tracking) is essential, […]

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Athletic Peaking

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Athletic peaking, when you are in top shape, results in your best performances of the season. At this time fitness is at the highest level, while fatigue is at the lowest. This is the one time of the season that fatigue should in no way mask fitness. Your peak occurs when you are ready to […]

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Periodization

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Periodization is defined by USA Track & Field as “The process of planning training in order to produce high levels of performance at designated times. There are three major concepts associated with the process of periodization: 1. Periodization and Planning. Planning is perhaps the most important step in insuring the effectiveness of the training program. […]

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Weightlifting Guidelines for Swimmers

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These guidelines are taken from Section 8 of Faster Swimming. You can also purchase the Cross Training section from Faster Swimming here: 1. When the core of your training is aerobic you don’t need to lift aerobically. Lift for speed and strength. 2. Flexibility work is key especially after lifting. Stretching after lifting increases blood […]

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Weightlifting for Swimmers – Example

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Here is a recent swim team lifting workout. We are in a building phase, so we’re spending a little more time in the weight room right now (hence the total time and volume). This should take a little over an hour – there are no max or even near-max lifts here, so rest between sets […]

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