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Open Water Swim Training – Day #1

By admin | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is the first 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 we add yardage and […]

Open Water Swim Training – Focus & Requirements

By admin | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Its summer time in the northern hemisphere, and that means outdoor swimming.  For the next few weeks, we’re going to discuss training for open water training.  The list below represents both initial instructions and keyword phrases used in the 6 week period of the 23 Week Training Manual which focus on 10,000 yard workouts, in […]

Seasonal Planning

By admin | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

When writing your seasonal plan you must start with your taper. What dates are your championship meets, yes meets? You don’t train all season/year just for one meet. Tapering is up to a 7 week process that prepares an athlete for multiple meets, not a one or two week resting process after yardage overload and […]

How much time should be placed on kicking?

By admin | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

A LOT! Kicking drives speed, controls body position and is essential in the timing of all strokes. Legs are the most understood part of the body especially for swimmers and their coaches. The understanding of how long it takes to get your athlete’s legs in shape, taper and rest your swimmers’ legs is a detailed […]

How should you plan test sets into your season?

By admin | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

I don’t think coaches give test sets enough merit or follow through with a purpose. I will outline a series of test sets that lead up to goal times(race pace for the year) for championships. Begin by establishing goals for your swimmers which will also set race pace training for the season. Remember to be […]

Diagnosing Strokes

By admin | December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

I think most of us are good at identifying minor stroke corrections needed for our athletes but are you actually finding the real problem. Before you tell your swimmers simple solutions please diagnose their issues. For example; turn your hand inward, widen your recovery, lower your head, etc. are lazy solutions and yes probably need […]

Real Tapering Survival

By admin | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Why do swimmers and coaches feel there is a big mystery about tapering and hope that it works? This is crazy!  If your seasonal plan includes progression of race pace work and the proper recovery throughout the season then you have the experience to know that your taper will work. Tapering is the progression towards […]

Swimming Drills

By admin | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

We all have knowledge of swimming drills for each stroke as they have been handed down by coaches for many many years. I just ask coaches to please understand the reason you are coaching a specific drill to your swimmers and each swimmer to understand what they may be learning or unlearning from the drill. […]

Starts & Stops Continued

By admin | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

  This is a continuation of the starts newsletter. We will continue to expand and detail every aspect of the start. There is a swim workout and the end of this article with outline explanations of how it was written. Full season outlines are also in the 23 week, 14 week and Faster Swimming books. […]

The Start

By admin | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The forward start is one of the most ignored and misunderstood skills of swimming. Improving a start may only drop a small amount of time but this will be the difference between winning or losing and qualifying or not. A quality start allows swimmers to launch off the block sooner with greater speed, superior body […]