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Today’s Coach’s Intel was submitted by John Nelson, head coach at the Piedmont Family YMCA. Here is the workout:
This is a great test set I use every month or during training to measure current performance vs past performance in three areas; top end sprint speed, Kick speed, and aerobic condition. The set is colored by the focus point. Below is a key and a quick stream of thought on the set as it flows.
Warm up smooth with lots of freestyle. The first set focuses on the kick rhythm with a kick beat progression. The next set is all about terminal velocity on the 75s. Be sure to call out the swimmers times and record. Next test the swimmers core strength and leg speed by a 2,000 yard kick set.
Last have them sprint a 500 yard freestyle for time and record their pace. Get heart rates throughout the entire set.
600 @ 10:00 75 freestyle/25 choice
2 x 50 @:40 free with 2 beat kick
2 x 50 @:40 free with 4 beat kick
2 x 50 @:40 free with 6 beat kick
4 x 100 @1:45 backstroke swim (3rd wall super)
4 x 50 @:40 free with paddles
4 x 75 @:60 free pull
1 x 25 @:30 free swim with fists
1 x 75 @ 2:00 free sprint for time
3 x 100 @2:00 back progression drill
1min rest; put fins on
6 x 50 @:35 free kick w/board
4 x 50 @:45 butterfly streamline on back
1min rest; fins off
1 x 500 @6:00 for time
4 x 50 @:50 choice warm down
* workout is done in yards
* approx. 2.0 hours completion time based on provided intervals
* total yards: 7,600
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