Underwater Kicking Power & Lightning Speed Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set at the end of a long practice that included dryland that was heavy on the legs and a long kick set. The goal was to work some underwater power and then get some “lightning speed” underwater kicks at the end of each round. It worked well, with a few of our swimmers setting personal bests & team records at the 25m underwater kicking distance.

For the part written in green, one athlete wore the belt/cord and a partner stood on the deck and held the cord to provide the resistance.

Booming Buckets and Underwater Kicking

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

For this set we used our 2-gallon buckets pulled behind via a rope attached to a stretch-cord belt.  We increased the sprint distances on the red 25s and then tried to really hammer the purple 25s.

For the 50s kick, we used a Finis Tempo Trainer to set a fairly aggressive tempo for the 8 underwater kicks off every wall.

All in all, the set worked pretty well.

Early Season Buckets Resistance Set

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

This was our first resistance set of a new season.  We stuck to 25s with our 1-gallon buckets on an interval that provided an approximately 2:3 work:rest ratio.  Once we have a little more training behind us, we will tighten the interval and lengthen the distance a bit.  Swimmers chose their strokes, but were instructed to keep it consistent throughout the set.  We got some very good times on the final 50 at the end of the set, which was without a bucket.

Three 9:00 Stations

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

Three 9-minute stations: Resistance, Race Pace, and Cord-assisted Sprints. We used 1-gallon buckets on the first station to provide resistance. The second station was 18 x 25 performed differently for distance, middle distance, and sprint. The third station used cords to assist at race speed into a fast turn.

Parter Pulls + Race Pace

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

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We Love Buckets

Ryan Woodruff

Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set SCM, using small (approx 1 gallon volume) buckets towed behind swimmers on the blue parts of the set.

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Stretch Cord Set for Power and Speed

Ryan Woodruff
 
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set as part of a three-station rotation at practice.  This station had swimmers in pairs. One person out of the water (pulling the cord in on the assisted parts) and one swimmer in the water performing the set. Cords were tied to the blocks for the resisted parts.  The first 12-cycle sprint is from a push off the wall and then the swimmer pauses where they finish the 12th cycle.  The 50s start from there.  Thus, when we did a “50” it was actually more like 30m total, 15m in to a fast turn and 15m back out.  The finishing sprint was thus also about 15m.

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Backstroke Mania

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

We were in need of a backstroke technique set with some moderately intense backstroke swimming on tight-ish intervals.  This set seemed to do the trick.

S-S-S means scull-scull-stroke, which is a backstroke drill that we do where the swimmer takes two backstroke sculls with a single arm (down to the armpit) and then takes a full stroke with that same arm.  Swimmer then performs the same on the opposite side.

Partner pushes: One swimmer streamlines on his back with feet on partner’s head.  2nd swimmer swims backstroke, pushing his partner down the pool.  First saw this drill here.  This serves 3 purposes:

1. Adds resistance to backstroke swimming
2. Forces swimmer to keep head still
3. Does not allow swimmers to cross their arms over their head on the entry of the hands into the water.