Archive for January 2018

Hypoxic Training

The term hypoxic is the adjective form of hypoxia which is defined as in adequate oxygen in the blood.  Swimmers have traditionally used hypoxic work in their training when they are limiting their breathing to one breath every three, four, five, six or more strokes. I grew up doing this form of training, as did…

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Top Arm Breakout

Regardless of whether you do open turns or flip turns you come off the wall on your side (If you don’t you need to ask a coach to fix your turn).  As swimmers push off many want to take their first pull with their dominant arm. This is very natural and perfectly acceptable if your…

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Descending: What it means and why it is important

Descending, or negative splitting refers to getting faster over the course of the race is not just a swimming concept. It is a critical concept in energy consumption for all endurance sports. If you are swimming a race longer than 50 yards you need to manage your energy output.  The concept of descending will help…

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How to Create a Base Building Program

Last week I introduced the idea of doing a three- to six-week base building period to increase your aerobic threshold.  This week I will help you design a three-week program that works for your level of swimming. Step 1: Decide how much yardage you will do each day.  This should be at a minimum, the…

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Base Building for the Tri-athlete

Tri-athletes have to balance time in the multiple disciplines as well as the weight room, and for most of us that is also balanced with work or school, home, and, well, everything. With limited time available, the triathlete usually puts the least amount of time in the pool.  This is understandable when you compare the…

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