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How Many Hours Should I Train?


I’m 12 years old and I want to become an Olympian swimmer.

How many hours should I be training a week and what should i be eating??

Thank you Nat:)


Hi Nat, Thanks for your email.  To become an Olympian is a great goal to strive for.

As far as training is concerned most strong 12 year olds around the world would be doing 5 to 8 sessions per week.  Each session would normally be either 1 1/2 or 2 hours.

Alot depends on the background you already have with swimming, that is, how many sessions you were doing as a 9, 10 and 11 year old.  Coaches like to use what is called ‘progressive overload’ to help swimmers improve.  This is where the number of hours you train increases each winter and summer season and so does the volume you do and the intensity that you swim.

What should I be eating, is one of the most common questions asked by swimmers and parents.  I would highly recommend you get mum or dad to have a look at the Nutrition ebook that is available for sale at  www.NutritionForSwimmers.com.  The information in this ebook will answer all your questions and even provide you with some charts that you can print off and put on the fridge to give you deas for breakfast. lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. It is been written specifically for swimmers.



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3 Responses to How Many Hours Should I Train?

  1. Nat May 13, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Thank you so much!!

  2. Trevin August 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm #


    I was wondering what a suitable diet would be for a 11 year swimmer.
    I swim 6 times a week morning and evenings so if u could give me some tips that would be great


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