McKeown’s Coaching Staff Explains Methodology of 17-on, 4-off Training Cycles

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Chris Mooney (head coach of University of Sunshine Coast in Australia) and Mark McKean (head of physical performance at University of Sunshine Coast) to talk about their 21-day training cycles that we covered in our interview with 2020 Swimmer of the Year Kaylee McKeown. They each give their perspectives on why they wanted to try this method out and how it’s worked so far, McKean coming from a heavily scientific background and Mooney wanting to push the boundaries of innovation within coaching and the sport of swimming.

Music: Otis McDonald


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3 years ago

I love the podcasts in general. But this one was special. Absolutely fascinating! I want to move to Australia and train with these guys.

Mike Anderson
3 years ago

Great seeing Chris and the coaching team doing fully integrated training… trying to cover and positively influence all phases of the athlete experience. Always thought being locked into the arbitrary 7 day cycle was problematic unless your parent organization (HS, NCAA, etc…) is proscribing doing something like this.

3 years ago

Love this idea..

A complete break from the deck would be hugely beneficial to coaches, swimmers & families alike..

I could see this being really well received in the age group world. Much easier to get families, especially new families to buy into your plan if they know every 3 weeks they will be able to have a 4 day mini-vacation regardless of time of the year.

3 years ago

Another good. Many podcasts are too long for me to sit through but this one could have been longer. I like their thinking outside the box but with a purposeful approach! I think most coaches do things because some successful program does it a certain way or they do it because that is how they have always done it.
Definitely raises more questions for these two. I would like to see the 3 week block in action and then make comments.
Thanks for opening up our minds to be better coaches and swimmers!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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