Hi Gary Yeah, what I would like to know is do you have any ideas for speed/sprint training. Regards Rob Ps. A swimmers dad
I have listed below a few basic ideas for sprint training.
A popular set that swimming coaches use is to swim repeats of 10m to 20m at maximum velocity (as fast as you can) and then swim through easy. You may do 8 to 12 of these swims and really work on power and speed in the fast swims.
Similar sets done with a pull buoy and/or paddles will help improve strength and power.
Similar kick sets will also help improve kicking speed.
Another simple set is as follows.
Early in a practice do a set of 4 dive 15m or 25m sprints. While your body is fresh you can practice raw speed and work on improving this. The secret is to swim with 100% effort and correct technique.
The same set done late in a session, particularly after you have done some hard aerobic or heart rate work will assist with speed towards the end of a race. By practicing swimming really fast when the body is fatigued is a great way of doing this.