Practice + Pancakes: Florida Pro Group Workout with Dressel, Ledecky & Hinds

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SwimSwam took a trip to Gainesville, where we filmed a morning practice with the University of Florida’s pro group. This morning, the group that includes Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky as well as Olympic medalist Natalie Hinds started on the racks with some light power work in the outdoor pool. Then they transitioned to the indoor pool, where they did some work with chords.

See full workout below:

1) Warm Up

2) Buckets: 4x (2x “50” @ 1:00, then 1x Blast) Rd 1-2 Fins, Rd 3-4 Fins + Paddles

3) Buckets: 3x (2×25 @ :30, Rest :30, 4×25 @ :50 MAX, 50 @ 1:20, 2×25 @ :50 MAX) Rd 1 Swim, Rd 2 Fins, Rd 3 Fins + Paddles

4) Tubes: 4x Catch-N-Release, 2x Partner Pull

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2 years ago

Would love to hear more about how schools and pros decide to have pro groups. From a pro perspective, I see that it makes sense, but if I were a coach, I think I would be torn about the time and attention that a pro needs and how it might take away from your job as a collegiate coach. From a current collegiate swimmer’s perspective, not sure I would want to go to a school where a focus was placed on the pros. What’s the priority?

Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

I think the college coach’s ability to successfully coach a pro (especially one who started with the college) at such a high level would actually be something that draws high school talent in. Not to mention the ability to practice and learn from them.

But I think more often than not, you see college pro groups lack slightly – I’m a Texas fan but I’ll use Texas pro group as an example. They’ve got a lot of really talented swimmers from NCAA’s, but they haven’t seen as much success in long course. Licon, Conger and Clark are the first three who come to mind…although Conger left the group and I’m not sure if Clark is still swimming. Schooling – gold… Read more »

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

Honestly, if I’m probably not going pro after college, I don’t think I would want to go to a school where the coaches split their focus and facilities with pros. So many colleges are lucky to get equipment or access to the equipment that it’s a hard sell for many.

2 years ago

This is an incredible squad, if swimswam ever get the opportunity or could make it happen, a practice and pancakes in Australia with Michael Bohl’s squad at Griffith would be incredible. It is one of the best squad in the world at the moment. Kaylee McKeown, Emma Mckeon, Mack Horton, Brendon Smith, Clyde Lewis, Lani Pallister, Moesha Johnson (Aus open water champion and 4.06 LCM 400free as well as sub 16 1500m free), Bowen Gough (1.55 LCM 200 fly), Josh Edward-Smith (1.57 200bk) and Cody Simpson just to name a few.

2 years ago

For some reason it makes me feel good to see that even the pros do 100 IMs long course where they turn over on their backs from fly halfway through the first 50 and then go breast to free halfway through the second 50. I thought that only old, lazy lap swimmers like me did that.

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Steve Nolan
2 years ago

Also kinda curious how that outdoor pool got those dimensions. 50m & 5 lanes?

Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 years ago

Must have been all they could squeeze into that space. Notice how close the outside walls are to the sides of the lanes.

2 years ago

Make sure to come back every week

Christian Campbell
2 years ago

Don’t sleep on Hinds. She was just 54 flat, faster than she was before Olympic Trials. She will PB this year— I say 53 low.

2 years ago

That mustache is horrendous. However, my gf saw it and now she looks at me again

2 years ago

wow, the scene of a small but somehow still long course pool in the early, dark, cold hours did not make me miss swimming 😀

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Coleman Hodges

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