Sprinter Derek Toomey has opened the door to give us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in the daily life of a professional swimmer who is training to earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic roster.
Toomey graduated from University of Minnesota in 2014, having made history as the first Golden Gopher, and the first swimmer in the Big Ten conference, to dip under the 19-second barrier in the 50 yard freestyle. He received the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2014, an award that recognizes combined athletic and academic achievements.
After graduation Toomey moved to Los Angeles to train with Trojan Swim Club under Dave Salo. In this video, he takes us on deck at Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC for dryland training, into the weightroom for some heavy lifting, and to the pool for both vertical and horizontal work.
Click on the video above to watch Toomey’s training regimen, as seen through his GoPro.