Most of the time, sets that coaches share (including the ones I post to this blog) are ones that were at least modestly successful. This isn’t one of those sets. Instead, this is a set that didn’t work how I was hoping. I am posting to share what I learned.
This was originally intended to be just a breaststroke set, and I tried to make it work for a few butterfly specialists who didn’t fit into the backstroke/freestyle set that we were doing at the same time. It was fine for the fly, but for breaststroke it just didn’t work.
Swimmers reported that during/after this set they felt that their timing was off and they felt sluggish. In hindsight, the 6 x 50 kick with the bucket was probably too much. The volume made the 50s too slow and probably diminished any power-training effect. The rest of the set probably would still work (FPA = Fastest Possible Average), but it might be better to do 1-2 50s or 2-3 x 25s instead, and include more drill before the FPA.
See other recent breaststroke sets here.