Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer based out of Victoria, BC. In feeding his passion for swimming, he has developed YourSwimBook, a powerful log book and goal setting guide made specifically for swimmers. Sign up for the YourSwimBook newsletter (free) and get weekly motivational tips by clicking here.
Rachel King, head coach of Hartford, CT’s Wheeler Tigersharks, shares a workout that reflects a common reality of many swim teams — limited pool space. Here is the workout she shared with us today:
We’re a large YMCA team but practice in a 4 lane pool. Due to limited space and time, we have short practice times and not all of our practice groups are in the water everyday. We primarily focus on technique over yards, while making it fun and worthwhile. Every practice we mix a little bit of everything and make the most of what we can!
This set starts off focusing on longer strokes and technique, then building that towards faster speeds and shorter distances. But still keeping that stroke and technique in mind.
500 Free Drill
5×100 Free @ 1:45 – 1. Kick, 2. Drill, 3. Kick, 4. Drill, 5. Kick
400 Free – focus on underwaters off turns
4×100 @ 1:40 – 1. Odd, 2. IM, 3. Odd, 4. IM
300 Free – focus on hypoxic breathing
3×100 Free @ 1:30
200 Free Fast
2×100 Odd @ 1:40
100 Free Fast
*Intervals are determined by each lane and swimmer’s ability.
Got a workout that you would like to share with the swimming community? Submit it to Olivier at [email protected]