In a three-part YouTube series, French Olympic champion Florent Manaudou takes fans on a tour of his club, the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille (CNM), just a few weeks before heading off for the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Episode 1 – “Welcome to the Circle”
Sitting on the deck of the outdoor restaurant, with the pool behind him and the Mediterranean Sea over his shoulder, Manaudou recounts a typical day. “Today I got up at 7:00 like every day, well, every day that I swim, anyway.” He then shows us where he lives, a 5-minute walk away in an apartment overlooking the sea. He then had his first training session of the day, which was “pretty easy” because it was just swimming… about 3 kilometers, because at that point in their preparation for Kazan, they were concentrating more on technique and speed, and less on volume. Thus the real hard work was happening in the weight room (where at one point, he explains, he had to take a break to throw up).
Session 2 – Pool and Weight Room
Manaudou takes us past the dorm rooms the club makes available to young boarders who come to train in Marseille, before they find an appartment. Next he walks us past the Olympic pool and into the weight room, which the athletes “share with the members of the club.” Manaudou talks about his dryland routine; “three 90-minute sessions of weights per week, plus two one-hour sessions of core work; that’s six-and-a-half hours of dryland, and they’re not the easiest hours of the week. But that’s part of the sport, and important for sprinters. Everyone’s doing it now and it makes a difference (in the results).”
Episode 3 – The View
Manaudou ends his tour at the very top of CNM overlooking the Mediterranean sea, where he points out the mythic 25m pool that is normally full of sea water. “And there you have it,” he concludes. “Not such a bad place to train,” he says with a smile.