Butterfly Stations

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

Our pool has a 12m diving well that I like to use for underwater kicking. It sits adjacent to the long course lanes. Today we made it part of a two-station butterfly rotation. We did each station 3x with the instructions on the fly station changing each time. Having the two stations allowed our arms and shoulders to recover a bit between rounds of 50s fly. Each station was 12 minutes in duration, so this set took almost 80 minutes when factoring in transition time.

Diving well station (a “25” is one 12m width):

3x (2x (all UW kick: 25@:20, 50@:30, 75@:40) + 100 ez swim @1:00)

Long course station:

12 x 50 @:50 + 100 ez @2:00

Round 1: 35m fast fly/15m ez free

Round 2: 3x (3 x50 descend fly +1 ez free)

Round 3: 2x (5×50 descend fly +1 ez free)

Fly Relays for Quality

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We had 18 swimmers and split up into 5 relay teams (2 teams of 3 for stronger flyers, 3 teams of 4 for less-skilled flyers). Relays always help us get good quality fly done without the need to “dodge” one another.

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IM Long Swim and GO!

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

SCY. The objective for this set was to perform a long-ish swim of one stroke and then hit a strong swim of the next IM stroke to practice the physical transition from one stroke to another. For the fly round, we did only 5 cycles each 25 just to keep the technique together. The first round was fly & back, the second round was back & breast, and the third round was breast & free.

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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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Progressive Fast IMs

Ryan Woodruff, Lynchburg YMCA

We did about 2k m of IM work leading into this one, which turned out some pretty good results on #3, #6, and #9.

9 x 200 @ 3:30 (SCM)

3x: #1 – 15m fast IM order/35m EZ free

#2 – 25m fast IM order/25m EZ free

#3 – Fast IM

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