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Workouts and Training Plans for Swimmers

Ideas and tips on planning your own practices and actual workouts you can take with to the pool.
  1. 5 Weeks of Swim Workouts
  2. Sample Swim Workouts (12)
  3. The Taper and Shave (4)
  4. Training Plans (6)

5 Weeks of Swim Workouts for Swimmers
Swimmers, would you like to receive a set of swimming workouts each week to help you plan your practices? These workouts are designed to help your swim training, to build fitness, and to give you some variety in your exercise regimine.

About 10 Things You Can Do to be a Better Swimmer
There are many things that you can do to swim better. This to do list of 10 ways to swim better could help any swimmer improve in the water.

About Summer Swimming Workout Tips
Summer often means a change to workout schedules, with more being done in the morning hours, and much of that being done outside. While workouts include a warm-up and a cool-down, the cool-down in summer does not always do enough to keep you from having some heat related slow-downs to performance.

About Swimming with Flippers - or do you call them Fins?
Swimmers, do you want to improve your kick strength, ankle flexibility, body position, and go faster during swim practice? Add flippers to your swimming workouts.

About Tempo Training
Sure, technique can always get better with more skill training, but you already have decent swimming technique and feel like you are in good physical condition for swimming. What else can you do to improve your swimming speed?

About What's good and healthy about swimming
Swimming is good exercise, but what is it that makes swimming good, specifically, for you, swimmers?

Aerobic Swimming Speeds - How fast should I go?
In the swimming pool, how do swimmers know how fast to swim to get the desired training result? This depends on what result you want emphasized - anaerobic or aerobic metabolism. All swimming has some element of each, with aerobic work's contribution increasing as the distance being swum increases. How can you determine appropriate swimming...

Baseline Training for Swimmers
Baseline training (BT), the foundation of an effective competitive athletics program, should be standardized and used at all levels to encourage development and progress of individual athletes. A data driven strategy, BT uses the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative information to evaluate and adjust training methods.

Coaching Swimmers to Coach Themselves - Swimming Training
It was in 1973 when I intended my first ASCA World clinic in Chicago. All the greats were there, a virtual Who's Who of swimming, and it was everything I thought it would be. I remember the late, great swim coach, Dr. James Counsilman, telling the audience, "I train my swimmers not to need me." Set up swimming training so swimmers learn to coach...

Counting Your Swim Laps - How Do You Do It?
How do you count your swim laps? Share your method with other swimmers!

Excited All Over Again: Getting Back Into Swimming Workouts
So, Triathlon is on your mind again, and you're revving up your training to prepare for the next racing season. Swimming has been on the backburner during the off-season, and some of you may be a bit disoriented about how to begin. No need to fear. You're in an enviable position to re-discover your swimming with a clear and open mind. You have...

How Often Do You Swim - Why Do You Swim - Swimmers, Tell Us What You …
What is the main reason or primary goal of your time in the water? Do you swim to relax, or are you swimming for fitness? Maybe you are doing it for more than just fitness, you are swimming to do swimming races, or to do a triathlon? Share what works for you!

How to Count Your Swimming Laps or Yardage
How do you keep track of your swimming yardage? These are a few of the many ways you could use to count your laps.

How Would You Build Up Your Swim Training Distance for a Long Open Water Race
What would you do to build your training for an open water race? This is one way that may help you.

Lap Swimming Etiquette
If you get to the swimming pool for a workout and no one else is there, picking a lane can be simple. But what happens when other swimmers arrive, or if the pool is crowded when you get there? Some of these lap swim etiquette rules can help.

Open Water Swimming Workout at the Beach
When you think of swimming, what do you think of? Olympic swimmers, swimming world records? Splashing around in a swimming pool? Relaxing in the sun on a beautiful beach, occasionally dipping your toes in the water? If your fitness routing includes swimming, you can take your workout from the pool with you to the beach and get in a great swim...

Setting Up A Swim Training Week
In general, if I want to swim faster, then I do most of my work swimming. If I workout 5-6 days a week, then I would swim 4-5 days/week and go to the gym once or twice/week, with one of those gym sessions on a no-swim day and one on a day when I swim. Increasing stress each week, then recovering from that stress at some point, is the idea behind...

Swim Long, Short, or Efficient - Which Type of Swim Training …
Which is it - should I train long, train fast, or train to be efficient? To train faster means taking more rest between shorter repeats. To train longer means taking less rest between longer repeats. And then there is the "it's efficiency that counts - so swim like a fish" folks.

Swimmers, Get to Practice!
Getting better at something like swimming usually requires practice. Yes, some athletes will get better just through growth and maturation, but under normal circumstances they have to practice skills, too. And - if they really want to get better, they have to develop their fitness, and that takes practice. How many times a week? Five? Two? Nine?

Swimmers, Put Some Speed in Your Swimming Workouts
One of the goals of competitive swimming is to get faster. That's obvious. There are thousands of ways to swim faster, and every swim coach and swimmer has great ideas. One idea to improve swimming speed that I have tried with my swimmers is based on an idea called sustained speed.

Swimmers, Why You Swim Determines How Often You Need to Swim
How many times each week does a swimmer need to swim? The first thing a swimmer needs to do to answer that question is to ask another one, why are you swimming? What is the main reason or primary goal of your time in the water? Do you swim to relax, or are you swimming for fitness? Maybe you are doing it for more than just fitness, you are swimming to do swimming races, or to do a triathlon? Here…

Swimming and Breath Control - Does Breathing Every 3-5-7-9 Make You a Faster...
Do you control your breathing rate during sets in a swim practice? Do you follow a breathing pattern, taking one breath every certain number of swim strokes? Do a swim a certain distance and change the breathing pattern each length, such as breathing every 3-5-7-9 by 25's? Does holding your breath while swimming make you a better swimmer?

Take the About Swimming Poll on Swim Practice Requirements
Getting better at something like swimming usually requires practice. Yes, some athletes will get better just through growth and maturation, but under normal circumstances they have to practice skills, too. And - if they really want to get better, they have to develop their fitness, and that takes practice. How many times a week? Five? Two? Nine?

Teaching Swimming is an Art - Teaching Swimming is Poetry
Very recently I visited my local swimming pool to observe two new swim clients of mine who regularly took part in group swimming lessons. To say I was shocked at the lack of interest from the swimming instructor would be an understatement. I am not willing to accept that she was having an off-day. There are many adults and children who are anxious, or have a fear of water and desperately want to learn to swim, and enjoy their swimming journey.

UK Coach Certificate Course Content Announced by British Swimming
Syllabus details for the first two levels of the British Swimming UKCC coaching qualifications are now available to view online. Available from January 2007, the syllabuses for Level One coaching courses in swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming and diving and Level Two courses in swimming, water polo and diving provide an outline of course...

Want To Be A Better Swimmer? Then Swim More Often!
I've seen swimmers that workout twice a week, one hour per swim, do better by making a little change to their swim workout routine. They swam three times each week for about 45-minutes per workout. They went from two hours of swimming to two and a quarter hours of swimming each week and got better.

Warm-up for Your Swim Workout
A look at simple warm-ups for a swim workout to get you and your body ready for training.

What One Thing Could You Do to Swim Better
Given the choice to do anything you are capable of doing, what would you do to swim better? What one thing would you change about your swimming technique, swimming workout habits, or anything else you do with swimming to swim better?

3S Super Sport Coaching System for Swimmers and other Athletes
The Super Sport System looks like a good tool for swimmers and swim coaches. The swim workout planning system will help swimemrs maximize their chances of achieving their swimming goals.

2007 ASCA World Clinic Keynote Speakers will be Mark Schubert, Eddie Reese, and
The Keynote Lecture at the American Swimming Coaches Association 2007 San Diego World Clinic on 5 September features three of the United States top swim coaches. Mark Schubert, Eddie Reese, and Jack Bauerle. This trio of coaches will lead the US Olympic Swimming Team into the Beijing Olympic Games in July of 2008. Coach Reese will be Head Coach of the Men’s Team, Coach Bauerle Head Coach of the Women’s Team and Coach Schubert is the USA National Team General Manager and Head Coach.

PhD Scholarship in Aquatics Biomechanics
An outstanding opportunity has arisen for a high caliber PhD student to become immersed in the high performance programs of swimming and triathlon with the New Zealand Academy of Sport North Island (NZASNI). NZASNI works in partnership with sports identified by Sport & Recreation NZ (SPARC) to enable their high performance programs, athletes and...

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