Swim Coaches Blog


Part 3: Race Pace


The purpose of this article is to elicit thought. There are many quotes that I feel this best explains my readings of all the studies I am sharing with you.  Our goal is to become better coaches! Below are a few concepts to consider while planning your workouts. Swim Techniques at Race Pace Stroke efficiency […]

Part 2: Planning Your Practices


Here are basic concepts to keep in mind while planning your practices: 1. Any swimmer that is poorly conditioned with bad mechanics will see improvement with any activity associated with swimming. 2. Once your swimmer advances in conditioning and skill level basic practices no longer apply and actually retards further development.  Higher levels of practices […]

Part 1: Performance is directly related to the ability of the body to use its energy systems.


Have you thought about in-performance recovery while planning your workout? This is extremely important to incorporate by emphasizing race pace work, proper rest intervals and mechanics especially the recovery phase of each stroke. Recovery occurs very rapidly within the time frame of the recovery part of a freestyle stroke or with a :05-:10 second rest […]

INTRO: Proving Traditional Practice Techniques with Science Know What You’re Doing and Why. An Ongoing Discussion


There is a lot to consider when planning workouts for your swimmers and we are going to address many of the issues listed in this newsletter in the weeks to follow. Pool space, practice time constraints and length of the training season make it very difficult to incorporate all the following aspects that are needed […]

Open Water Swim Training – Day #20


In order to best prepare you for an open water swim you obviously need to compete in a few open water swims in advance to the BIG SWIM. You will need to be able to maintain your body heat, hydration and energy needs so don’t just swim a lot in the pool without researching your swim well. Remember […]

Open Water Swim Training – Day #15


This is the fourth installation of the 15th practice session for our Open Water Swim Training example.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll post at regular intervals various days of the training.  The entire training session can be found in our 23 Week Training Session, which can be found here. Watch the workout progression as […]