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!

Age Group Long Axis and Dolphin Kicking

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This practice was for our group of 10-12 year-olds. We focused on long-axis efficiency and finished with an emphasis on underwater kicking. The “bang bang” refers to a coach tapping a wrench in the side of the pool to indicate when to take a stroke.

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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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Speed, Underwater Kicking, and Fly

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

Little bit of speed, underwater kicking, and fly. Dirty 20 = 10m no breath free sprint, flip, and dolphin kick back to the wall. B3 = breathe every 3 strokes.

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Underwaters & Speed Backstroke

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

In this set, we used orange hockey pucks on the bottom of the pool to mark the 10m mark we wanted them to kick past.

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Fartlek and Stations

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did the fartlek set followed by 4 rotations of the stations below. The diving well underwater kicks were done hooked to a stretch cord anchored to a nearby fence for resistance.

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Underwater Kicking Challenge Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did this set in a 25 m pool with a stretch cord stretched across the lanes at the halfway mark. We used hockey pucks on the bottom so the swimmers could tell where the stretch cord was located.

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The Oxygen Sucker

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

The first 25 underwater kick will suck the oxygen out of you..then you gotta hit a FAST 50. 75 easy to recover, then do it again. SCM.

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Underwater Kicking Squeeze Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We had a small amount of time left after our main set today and we had to squeeze into three lanes.  We got it a little good work in on our underwater dolphin kicks with this simple set.

12 x 50 @ 1:00

#1 – Kick 10m fast off each wall

#2 – Kick 10m fast off the 1st wall, 15m off the second wall

#3 – 25 swim, 25 max underwater kick for speed and distance

We wore fins for the first 9 and then no fins for the last 3.

 

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Underwater Kicking & IM Blast Set

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This workout involved two stations – one working underwater kicks and one doing an IM set. We did each station 3 times — the cord set was the same each time, and the IM set progressed through the three versions listed. The 3rd round was essentially a broken 400 IM.

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Underwater Skills and Speed with 11-12s

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

This is part of a practice I did recently with our top 11-12s. Our main focus was on underwater kicking. Our pool has a black line across the bottom approximately 9 yards from the wall.

For the 1:00 vertical kick and rotate, we were flutter kicking with our arms folded across our chest, performing a 90 degree rotation about every 5 seconds accompanied by my demonstration.

Texas 25 = push off and streamline underwater kick to the black line, flip, 4 underwater kicks, sprint back to the wall, turn, 4 underwater kicks and sprint to the opposite end. Texas 25 = 45 yards (everything is bigger in Texas).

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IM with Fly Underwater Kicking Focus

Chris Brookover, YBCC Phoenix

This one is simple and could be changed around but it turned out really well. The fly 25’s turned out to be more of a kick set than swim.

A+ had 1:20 Base for the IM, A had 1:25 and B 1:30

6 x 25 @ :35 Fly – Minimum FIVE Kicks

4 x 100 @ 1:20 –  25 FR / 25 BK / 25 BR / 25 FR

Rest :40

6 x 25 @ :35 Fly – Minimum FIVE Kicks

Rest 1:00

8 x 25 @ :40 Fly – Minimum SIX Kicks

3 x 200 @ 2:40 50 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR

Rest :40

8 x 25 @ :40 Fly – Minimum SIX Kicks

Rest :40

10 x 25 Fly @ :45 Minimum EIGHT Kicks

2 x 300 IM @ 4:00 75 Free / 75 Back / 75 Breast / 75 Free

10 x 25 Fly @ :45 Minimum EIGHT Kicks

Rest :30

12 x 25 Fly @ :50 Minimum NINE Kicks

1 x 400 IM @ 5:15 100 FR / 100 BK / 100 BR / 100 FR

12 x 25 @ :35 EZ FREE

 

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Working Our Underwaters with Tempo Trainers

Mike Cook, Mason Makos

4 rounds odd rounds fly even rounds back. Fast fish kicks underwater get up when you decelerate into fast stroke.  Stay with the beep and feel the difference. Fly no breath first stroke. Can not past 15 meter with fins

4x8x25 @35 fins

1st round TT@0.7. 2nd round TT@0.6. 3rd round TT@0.5. 4th round TT @0.4

Now PICK A COMFORTABLE SETTING AND SET YOUR TRAINER 0.1 lower and do the next set

20×50 @50. Odds fly to back evens back with fins

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