Back or Breast + IM Finisher

Coach Mike Cook, Mason Makos

For the backstrokes and breast strokers with IM to finish the day off

Our warm up has included these 20 underwater dolphins for the last three weeks. With the goal being 12.5 on odds and 10 meters on evens. Last 4 are always to 15 meter mark. Kids really feel it is improving their turns

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The Downhill IM Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCM. This was a pretty challenging IM set for us. Once you get past the 4 x 400, it sort of seems to roll downhill, gathering momentum. IMO = IM order. Thus, a 400 25 IMO/75 free would be done as 25 fly/75 free/25 Back/75 free/25 breast/75 free/25 free/75 free.

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200 Speed Set with Battle Ropes

Ryan Lee
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Here’s a set we threw down to get aggressive with their 200 speed. Added battle ropes to produce forearm fatigue as they travel down the rabbit hole of the 200.

*Choice of stroke or IM focus*

1st Round

4×50 (:50) followed by 1x25sec Max effort on the battle ropes
* 1st 50 Max speed                (IM focus – Fly)
  2nd 50 last 12 1/2 max         (IM focus – last 12 1/2 BK)
  3rd 50 last 25 max               (IM focus – last 25 BR)
  4th 50 last 37 1/2 max          (IM focus – last 37 1/2 FR)
2nd Round
3×50 (:50) followed by 2x (20sec Max effort/10sec off) on the battle ropes
* 1st 50 Max speed                (IM focus – BK)
  2nd 50 last 25 max               (IM focus – last 25 BR)
  3rd 50 last 37 1/2 max          (IM focus – last 37 1/2 FR)
3rd Round
2×50 (:50) followed by 3x (15sec Max effort/10sec off) on the battle ropes
* 1st 50 Max speed                  (IM focus – BR)
  2nd 50 last 37 1/2 max           (IM focus – last 37 1/2 FR)
4th Round
1×50 Max speed(:50)                 (IM focus – FR)
Followed by 4x (10sec Max effort/10sec off) on the battle ropes
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IM Race Pace Transitions

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This set was a challenging one for our crew… we had about 50% success with the 100s at P400IM. At the conclusion of this set, we took about 2:00 rest and then did a broken 200 IM. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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400 IM Test Set with Alex Morris of KC Blazers

Alex Morris, Kansas City Blazers

One round of each stroke, take the average of each round of 3×100 and add together for an estimated 400 IM time.

4 rounds, IM order by round:

4×25 desc 1-4 @ :30

3×100 stroke @ 1:45 best average/AFAP

2×50 kick/scull @ 1:00

1:00 rest between rounds

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Dayton Raider Mountain

Gary Galbreath, Head Coach of the Columbia Swim Club, formerly of the Dayton Raiders

This set was originally published to the blog in 2010.

Here’s a set we did Saturday morning. Just as a reminder it’s base building time! We did it SC meters. Everyone was on the same cycle. The Kick part was the chance to catch up if the were struggling with the Times. It’s just a good Aerobic set. Total 8800 meters

25 Kick@ 30

4 x 50 @ 45 Descend 1-4

Free

75 Kick@ 1:30

4 x 100 @ 1:30 Descend 1-4

25 Stroke/50 Free/25 Stroke

125 Kick @ 2:30

4 x 150 @ 2:05 Descend 1-4

Free

175 Kick@ 3:30

4 x 200 @ 3:00 Descend 1-4

BackStroke

225 Kick @ 4:30

4 x 250 @ 3:15 Descend 1-4

Free

275 kick@ 5:30

4 x 300 @ 4:30 Descend 1-4

100 IM/100No Free/100 Free

325 Kick @ 6:30

4 x 350 @ 4:25 Descend 1-4

Free

375 Kick@ 7:30

4 x 400 IM @ 6:30

#1 4 x 100 IM

#2 100IM/200 IM/100IM

#3 2 x 200 IM

#4 Reverse 400 IM

8800 meters

Big Set with Quality 100s

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

LCM. The intervals for the longer swims were pretty loose on this set, and we got some good results out of the dive 100s, particularly for early in the season. On the black sets, swimmers could pick the freestyle or FRIM (IM with free instead of fly) track. On the purple 100s, the instructions were to pick one stroke and stick with it or go in IM order.

Really Hard IM Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

9 x 800 @ 13:00

#1 – straight 800 IM
#2 – done as 2 x 400 FRIM
#3 – done as 4 x 200 IM
#4 – done as 2 x 400 FRIM
#5 – straight 800 IM faster
#6 – done as 2 x 400 FRIM
#7 – done as 4 x 200 IM
#8 – done as 2 x 400 FRIM
#9 – straight 800 IM – all out effort

Descend 1 – 5 – 9

FRIM = Free IM (Free, Back, Breast, Free)

Editor’s note: This set was originally posted to this blog in July 2012

IM Stairs

Coach Jorrit Verhaar, Netherlands

As a variation on IM and to focus on endurance and speed, we did some IM stairs. With butterfly and free as the focus of the set and back and breast as a active recovery:

100 easy freestyle

2 x 250 IM Stairs, 20 sec rest interval.
1st stair
1 butterfly 80%
2 backstroke 50-60%
3 breaststroke 50-60%
4 freestyle 80-100 %

20 seconds interval

2nd stair
4 butterfly 60-80%
3 backstroke 50-60%
2 breaststroke 50-60%
1 freestyle 80-100 %

100 easy freestyle.
variation 2

2 sets of
100 easy freestyle
100 IM
100 IM with a * joker :

Keep IM order but replace 1 stroke for of 1 other the strokes.
( example : •worst for best, •slow for fast, •hated for loved)

100 IM
100 IM with a * joker.
100 easy freestyle.
50 the stroke you skipped 😉

We found that
Butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke were replaced in about a 40-40-20 ratio.
It gives sense of swimmer ownership.
And as a coach valuable info about the why a stroke is being skipped 😉

IM Cycles Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

The purpose of this set was to promote Cycle Count awareness while doing some strenuous IM work. For the 150, on the first 50 swimmers did 5 cycles fast fly, then 5 cycles fast backstroke on the second 50 and so on…

For the 300, it became 10 cycles for two 50s. For the 450, it was 15 cycles for three 50s.

On the 200s IM, counting the cycles and seeing how they varied from round to round was a great learning experience — our swimmers improved their understanding of how the strokes affect each other within that event.