When you swim, are you mindful of what you’re doing, or mindless? Many of us use swimming as a means of “shutting off” our brains and taking some time to be without thought, without worry. I don’t think this works for competitive swimming; listen to find out why.
Another Swim Brief Podcast with Coach Nico Messer and Coach Chris DeSantis talking about long distance training, especially longer repeats. What is it exactly? How do we define it?
Coach Nico has just criss-crossed the country in search of swimming knowledge, attending clinics and looking in on one of the top swimming environments in America.
Nico and Chris talk taper – that’s right, we’re talking taper in September, which is probably the least likely month to taper in. That’s why its the best time to discuss it!
This week we managed to nab Alexis Keto for our Podcast. We addressed some uncomfortable topics and although there were some “Women in Coaching” questions, the discussion went to a lot of places.
For this episode of the Swim Brief Podcast, we got North Baltimore Aquatic Club Senior and 2008 US Olympic Coach Paul Yetter to weigh in on “Test Sets”. Why do we use them? What are they for? And what are they exactly?
Paul Yetter goes deep, including an explanation of how Jon Urbanchek’s color charts helped him to become a better coach in 2006 and ways you need to scale what you measure to different types of swimmers.
I really don’t do too much in the way of test sets. I guess we do repeat sets so we could call them test sets?! It’s a very small portion of our training. We do 10×300 on 330 SCY or something of that sort but I really am less consistent than I should be to call it a test set. I use it for Jon Urbancheck’s color chart placement.
This episode’s challenge
Put your stopwatches away for a full practice.
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Host: Chris DeSantis
Guest: Nico Messer
Special Guest: Paul Yetter
|The Science of Winning
(Dr. Jan Olbrecht)
Color Chart Excel Sheet
(The Swimming Wizard)
Making Test Sets Meaningful
(Coach Michael Murray of Victor Swim Club)
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About Chris DeSantis Coaching
There is a lot more to excellence than how you move in the pool. Your mindset determines how much you get out of a practice or a competition. Serious swimmers also know that technical skills make all the difference. Coach Chris can get you personalized workouts that deliver incredibly efficient results. You can get improvement with less time in the water and a better life out of it, keep the sport fun for kids, or take high level performance even higher.
Following up on last week’s introduction, we have it out about 100×100 and sets like it. We take both sides of the debate and discuss some of the things we look for when considering a swim practice like this.