Christmas 25s and 500s

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM

Our pool has been a little fuller the last few days with college swimmers coming home to train. This means having to consider our space a little differently when creating workouts.

This one was a good one-size-fits-all for us today. Some speed, some endurance, a little racing, some equipment, and some underwater work.

They are “Christmas 25s” because 12 x 25. For the 2nd round, we pulled 1-gallon buckets, and if swimmers went fr or fly, they were to hold their breathe for last 8m. The fourth round we did the even ones fast from a dive (HVO)

All around a solid day.

Speed, Legs, and Fly

Chris Brookover
Senior Leader – Aquatics

MLY Phoenix

SCY

We have a ton of high school meets this time of year, so attendance is sporadic at best. We are trying to get the best out of whoever shows up. Lots of leg work and some fly at the end to develop mental and physical toughness.

 

Speed Set:

3 X 

2 x 75 @ 1:15 – E/F/E — F/E/F – Min. 4-UW Kicks Off Wall

2 x 50 @ :50 – E/F — F/E – Min. 6-UW Kicks Off Wall

2 x 25 @ :25 – Both Fast – Min. 8-UW Kicks off Wall

Rest :30

Kick:

2 X

6 x 100 @ 1:20 – W/ Fins and Snorkel [B=5 @ 1:30 – R- 1:00]

Rest :30

2 x 25 @ :25 – UW – 6-Kicks (No Fins)

2 x 25 @ :30 – UW – 8-Kicks (No Fins)

2 x 25 @ :35 – UW – 10-Kicks (No Fins)

2 x 25 @ :40 – UW – 12 Kicks (No Fins)

Rest :40

Swim:

3 X

4 x 25 @ :30 – Fly

3 x 50 @ 1:00 – Fly #2 = Free

2 x 75 @ 1:30 – Fly/Free/Fly

1 x 100 @ 2:00 – Fly

Speed with Unique Challenges

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM

Each round of this set, we swapped in a mystery set that the swimmers did not know ahead of time as the “unique challenge” in brackets.

The last challenge was “Save your partner”. Each swimmer had to swim a 100 off the blocks under a certain coach-determined time. Fail to make the time and your partner has to do it too. It was a somewhat clumsy attempt to get some peer-pressure motivation going.

The rest of the set worked well, with some of the unique challenges being a bit off-the-wall.

FPA = Fastest Possible Average

Hour Of Power Revisited

Ryan Wooodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

I have posted several “Hour of Power” type workouts on this blog over the years. Each one has been slightly different to work for the swimmers in my group that year, where we are in the season, and what course we were swimming (we train in SCM and SCY). Today’s version is one that I was particularly happy with for our squad for this year.

We used AquaVolo’s DragSox and simple 1-gallon buckets to pull behind us.

Blasting Buckets and Sox

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

LCM. This set makes use of the 12m diving well that sits alongside the 50m lanes we use. In order to maximize our space with our entire team practicing at once, we occasionally use it this way. For ease of communication, we call one width of the diving well a “25.”

We used 1-gallon buckets tied to waist belts for the set of 8 x50, timing each 25 and emphasizing racing a teammate.

For the diving well set, we used the aquavolo drag sox. The contrast between resisted kicking and non-resisted (when we take the Sox off) leads to some excellent speedy UW kicking.