Coach Pete

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Masters Workout for 1650



Are your workouts becoming boring? Is training for the 1650 boring? Here is a little workout that I used when I was coaching Masters at Team Weston.

There is also a few drills in this workout give it a try!



Drill Reverse IM

(free, br., bk., fly)


6 X 50

With fins on your side

rotating left/right

Swim Ladder
11 lengths, 10, 9,
down to 1 (10 between)
Drill Loosen up

6 of each stroke



Some possible drills:
. Kick, no board, arms at body’s side. Think: kick head down, kick head up. Don’t rush the kick. It begins at the chest and unfurls quite slowly with a snap of the ankles, like cracking a whip. If your timing is good on the whole stroke, this will be very easy. If it’s difficult to do, probably your timing is off. Within a fraction of a second, the sequence of entry is head, hands, feet. The second kick is half way through the stroke.
Back. Swim with exaggerated roll and glide on your side, one arm outstretched and one at your side for about 6 to 9 kicks.
Breast. Kick twice, pull once for a length; then kick once and pull twice. Swim using fly kick.Free. One-arm, catch-up (hand touches outstretched hand before you pull), ripple (drag your fingers in the water, directly below your elbow, during recovery), hesitation (leave your hand out of the water behind you for a second before beginning recovery.

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Workouts | Leave a comment

The development of the will to overcome fatigue

The will to overcome fatigue is an important factor in your success. Swimmers who use the method of how far and how fast they wish to swim learn to tolerate fatigue under the pressure of physical stress.

Doctor James Councilman ( former coach of the University of Indiana and coach of Olympic Champion Mark Spitz) recognized the need to motivate swimmers to withstand fatigue. Therefore he created his “hurt-pain-agony” scale to assist the feeling of fatigue at different levels of work intensity – or as he would say it “different levels of suffering”

Councilman showed differences in effort by hard workers and comfort swimmers-during practice. Comfort swimmers rarely ventured out of the comfort zone and into the pain zone. Dedicated swimmers, hard workers most always swam straight through the hurt zone and into the pain zone and finally into the agony zone.

Success is not cheap; you must be committed to work out of the comfort zone and into the agony zone. You have to examine yourself and say “will I be a better swimmer tomorrow because of what I did today.

Challenge yourself to make a commitment to train like the best swimmers in the world, you will make a difference…live and train by making excellence a habit!

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Workouts | Leave a comment