Coach’s Intel: Building IM Transition Speed with BYU’s John Brooks

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The following workout was submitted by John Brooks, head swimming & diving coach at Brigham Young University:

This IM set is designed to help with the transition from one stroke to the next.  As you can see you are always doing 3 fast strokes with the 3rd 50 being a new stroke.

32×50 @ 45

fly           fast

fly           ez

fly           fast

fly           fast

bk           fast

bk           ez

bk           fast

2x               bk           fast

br            fast

br            ez

br            fast

br            fast

fr             fast

fr             ez

fr             fast

fr             fast

1min break

 

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Love the workouts on SwimSwam! Please continue!

PAC12BACKER

Swimming 32 x 50’s on the 45 is analogous in track for doing 32 x 200’s on the 45. Would never be done. 16 maybe. SprintSalo from 1993 touches on the disconnect between swimming and track wrt training methods. The fundamantal question for thought is, “How does swimming for 10,000 -15,000 meters per day, a good percentage of it slow, make you fast for swimming a couple hundred meters race?”

SkepticTank
Maybe not for a a 100 or 200. But i have personally trained with and witnessed a swimmer who did almost exclusively long slow distance training make aa Fina A standard Olympic qual time in the 400IM. This swimmer was also much less successful moving to a more quality oriented program for college. And don’t tell me it wasn’t a good program. It was one of the best. Consistently in the top 10 with some titles to their name. So sometimes i think people judge old school training a bit much. Bobby Hackett is still the fastest 16 year old American ever in the 1500…so get your head around that…all the advancement we’ve had in training and one of the… Read more »
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About Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy has been involved in competitive swimming for most of his life. Starting off at the age of 6 he was thrown in the water at the local pool for swim lessons and since then has never wanted to get out. A nationally top ranked age grouper as both a …

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