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 to this blog in April 2018
This kick set was able to provide a good challenge for everyone in our group, regardless of their kicking ability. Intervals were the same across the group for the 25s until the last round. Swimmers chose their longer distance based on kicking ability.
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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!
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.
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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We pushed the effort with the bags on then we saw how fast we could swim for 75s kicks. We had 2 boys go 51 and a girl go 52, that’s some fast kicking! PK means posture kick, kicking with your body straight with a snorkel.
We have enough Drag Sox (unpaid plug: get them at Aquavolo.com) for about half of my group to wear them at the same time. This I came up with this kick set that weather ended up forcing us to modify.
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We use our old broken stretch cords tied together to form a longer cord that stretches across all of our SCM lanes at the 12.5m point. We tie it off to the lifeguard stand and use it encourage disciplined underwater kicking.
In the 4:00 “Kick & snap” at the beginning, swimmers kick on their side with one hand extended in front of them. When a coach bangs a wrench on the side of the pool, swimmers take one rapid stroke (snap!) onto the other side, being mindful of connecting the opposing pull and recovery.
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