Underwater Kicking Challenge Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set in a 25 m pool with a stretch cord stretched across the lanes at the halfway mark. We used hockey pucks on the bottom so the swimmers could tell where the stretch cord was located.

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The Oxygen Sucker

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

The first 25 underwater kick will suck the oxygen out of you..then you gotta hit a FAST 50. 75 easy to recover, then do it again. SCM.

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Progressive Fast IMs

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did about 2k m of IM work leading into this one, which turned out some pretty good results on #3, #6, and #9.

9 x 200 @ 3:30 (SCM)

3x: #1 – 15m fast IM order/35m EZ free

#2 – 25m fast IM order/25m EZ free

#3 – Fast IM

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Freestyle Tech/Aerobic/Sprint Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We spent some time today trying to hone in on well-aligned long-axis rotation in freestyle.

Definitions of terms:

20-1-20-3-20-5 = 20 kicks on side, 1 stroke, 20 kicks, 3 strokes, 20 kicks, 5 strokes and repeat.

FPA = Fastest Possible Average

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Boom 200s plus Moderate Active Recovery

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCY. The goal here was to swim the fastest possible 200 time (broken by 4x50s). In between the four 50s, we did some medium-intensity active recovery. The swimmer was responsible for doing the active recovery on the specific interval (i.e. on the first round of swimmer zones to the wall at the :28, leaves on the next 50 at the :08).

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Underwater Kicking Squeeze Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We had a small amount of time left after our main set today and we had to squeeze into three lanes.  We got it a little good work in on our underwater dolphin kicks with this simple set.

12 x 50 @ 1:00

#1 – Kick 10m fast off each wall

#2 – Kick 10m fast off the 1st wall, 15m off the second wall

#3 – 25 swim, 25 max underwater kick for speed and distance

We wore fins for the first 9 and then no fins for the last 3.

 

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Broken 400 Kick For Time

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This kick set worked well with the wide range of kicking speeds in our group. Swimmers aim for the fastest total 400 time (25+50+75+100+75+50+25=400), always doing a 50 easy on a :50 interval. 6 easy 50s means there is a total of 5:00 “active recovery” in the total set. Coach can start the watch and just subtract 5:00 from the total time at the end of the second 25. We had swimmers pick one kick (stroke) for the first round and then they can change for the 2nd round.

This set was originally published here April 25, 2018

Baseline Kicking Set for Early Season

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

Used this set to get a some baseline data on everyone’s kicking speed early in the season. Looking forward to using this info to better organize our kick sets and make appropriately challenging goals for each individual.

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