LCM. The aim of this set was for us to train good-quality butterfly while accommodating the wide range of fly speeds in our top two groups. We used the :10 rest to allow swimmers to go at their own pace, and the changing instructions in terms of cycle count promoted mental engagement. Having some freestyle in each 50 also allowed them to recover their technique for the next 50 and avoided “butterstruggle.” Total fly cycles: 440.
We did this set the other day with a few of our 13-14 year-olds in SCY. It proved to be a motivating and challenging set.
In each 8:00 part, the goal was to do as many repeats of the given distance and stroke as possible. We recorded the total distance covered, which allowed us to calculate average pace and set goals for possible future sets.
The purpose of this set was for us to get some medium-intensity butterfly reps in during some aerobic freestyle. We interspersed that with some brief fly sprints on large rest. Performance was solid on this one, but not amazing probably due to a difficult practice the day before. SCM.
SCM. We have done similar sets before, but doing “Snakes” remains one of my favorite ways to get in a challenging fly set with good technique. We have 5 lanes to work with, so we do 125s swimming up lane 1, returning in lane 2, then lane 3, etc. We split the swimmers up into three levels of ability based on how well they hold together their butterfly strokes under fatigue. We go in order from fastest to slowest and everyone is on the same interval. The fly swimming has to be fast enough to be “in rhythm” and on top of the water.
In this one, we spent some time working on fly and breast together. It turned out to be a little more challenging than I expected. We did this SCM.
The 50s breast started out with 2 pullouts and swim the rest of the 1st 25. On the 2nd 25, do 2 cycles with a 3-second glide, and then 1 cycle with a 2 second glide, 1 cycle with a 1-second glide, and then hit “speed drill” br (narrow pull, narrow kick, fast hips a la Dave Salo) for the remainder of the 25.
Fly 25s we were looking for a consistently high effort and no breath on the last 7m into the finish. The 8 x 25 fly is only done once before you head back up the set.
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.
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
6 x 100 @ 1:20 – W/ Fins and Snorkel [B=5 @ 1:30 – R- 1:00]
The ? for the fly swims off the blocks were a 50, 100, 150, and on the 4th round swimmers had the option to do a 200 or to do a 100 with the goal to beat the time from round 1 (or face a second 100 from a dive). This set went very well for us.
This set was for a group with varying levels of ability to sustain their fly technique. Swimmers were assigned to the A, B, or C instructions based on this ability. We finished with some awesome results on the third round.
This set worked real well for some fast 200 free and 100 Stroke times this weekend, takes 44 minutes, 11 mins a round, they did this 2 weeks out and were right on their 200 FR and 100 stroke goal times:
4x 3 x 175 FR @ 2:20 (hold goal 200 Fr time) 1 x 75 Stroke Fast @ 1:00 1 x 50 Stroke Fast @ 1:00 1 x 25 Stroke Fast @ 1:00 1 x 25 EZ @ 1:00 (start early after the 25 stroke fast)
Stroke = Swimmer chooses OR some did IMO by Round, but 4th Round = Fly-Back-Breast on the 75, then drop down by choice to finish with 25 of your best stroke (other than fr)
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We performed this fly set with 22 athletes in 5 narrow lanes (lanes 2-6 in a 6-lane pool). We did the 5 x 25 “snake style” (Swim a 25 in lane 2, move to lane 3, Swim the 2nd 25 in lane 3, move to lane 4, etc). Doing the 25s this way allowed us to practice breathing low to the surface of the water and avoid taking 1-arm sloppy strokes. The 10 squats in between rounds provided a little extra stimulus that made the 25s more challenging too.
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