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Periodization

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Carbohydrates. Performance and Activity

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Diet is certainly tied to performance, but how so? Proteins and fats help build and re-build tissues (muscles included) and form the foundation of our hormones and enzymes that control most of our bodily functions. So where do carbohydrates fall in our dietary needs? The easiest way to think of carbohydrate needs is to think […]

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Profile of a High School Swimmer

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Molly is a sophomore and an extremely talented athlete. I had to wait until the cross country season was over before Molly started training for the season. She began the season three months later than the rest of her competition at the High School State Level. It took at least two months before Molly started […]

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Questions re: Distance. Some Advice for Practices

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q I am a new subscriber and received my first set of workouts this morning. I have read through them carefully and looking forward to getting started. I love the instruction on improving the dives, streamlining with dolphin kick etc. Plus the turns practice. However, how do I compensate for the distance as it is […]

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Question re: Weightlifting for High School Swimmers

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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