Speed, Legs, and Fly

Chris Brookover
Senior Leader – Aquatics

MLY Phoenix


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


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


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

Video Station and Back or Breast

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCY. This morning we set up our underwater camera to get a closer look at our dolphin kicking and how we can improve it. Swimmers at that station kicked a 25, watched their video, panned the camera for their next teammate, and then got back in line to kick.

The second station got some short rest quality swimming with good technique.

Kick set to finish off the session.

It is amazing what people can accomplish with enough motivation!!!

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This was our finish to practice today. We have done 25s underwater pretty consistently, so every swimmer knows his or her best time. The lifetime bests were written down on a dry erase board and this challenge was thrown. If you can beat your best twice, you get to go home. Amazingly, more than half of our swimmers were able to accomplish this feat. The mind is an amazing thing!

Underwater Excellence

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM. We did this kick set recently and our swimmers were very engaged. We timed the underwater 25s (we keep team records on this) and asked for an elite effort on the green parts. We ended up with several lifetime best 25s underwater and an excellent overall group effort.

The intervals on the ez Swim were deliberately large so that the last person would finish before we had to dive on the next 25.







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Steal the Underwater Bacon

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

Swimmers are divided into an even number of lanes with each lane serving as a team.. Lane 1 competes with Lane 2, lane 3 competes with Lane 4, etc. On the coach’s “go,” one swimmer in each lane pushes off to begin an underwater dolphin kicking length. As they push off, a coach throws one of our orange hockey pucks (we frequently use as bottom markers, but you can use anything that rapidly sinks) into the pool between each pair of lanes. The swimmers in each pair of lanes race dolphin kick to the puck and try to grab it off the bottom first. If you have the swimmers evenly matched by dolphin kicking ability you will get some excellent races!

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Getting Ready to Go Fast

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

LCM. The purpose of this set was to get us primed and ready for our main set. We did this in about 8 feet depth – the blastoffs involve sinking down to the bottom, pushing off, and exploding vertically through the surface while dolphin kicking. After the 5 sprint cycles, swimmers continued the rest of the 50 smooth.

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