Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training Two-Day Seminar For Coaches, Swimmers and Swim Parents

  15 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | October 25th, 2013 | Club, College, International, Masters, National, News, Press Releases

Michael Andrew (courtesy of Jae Feinberg)

Michael Andrew (courtesy of Jae Feinberg)

Many coaches, swimmers and parents have heard about Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT), the revolutionary training methodology used by 14 year old swimming phenom, Michael Andrew. Many think they know what the method is, and they’ve experimented with it, working it into their training cycle. High intensity speed work has always been essential to a swimmer’s success, but how far can you take it?  There is a lot more to USRPT than most coaches and swimmers realize, and now you have the opportunity to learn this method, the science behind it and how to implement it, directly from the man who developed it, Brent S. Rushall, PhD., and from the swimmer and coach who have experienced so much success with it, Michael Andrew and his coach Peter Andrew.



  • December 14th & 15th, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday), at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas Hosted by UNT Women’s Swimming and Diving Program
  • To Register – Go to: http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/index.htm.


Sponsored by: UNT & KU Women’s Swimming and Diving programs & Indie  Swimming


Brent S. Rushall, PhD, developer of Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT)

Brent S. Rushall, PhD, developer of Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT)

Professor Rushall will present an in-depth description and provide implementation guidelines for ultra-short race-pace training (USRPT), the scientifically based method of training and developing competitive swimmers.  This seminar is appropriate for swimming coaches, parents and swimmers who have a considerable amount of control over how they train.

The event is divided into two 8-hour days.  The Saturday program will focus on the physiology and conditioning aspects of USRPT.  Participants should become proficient in decision-making and creating training programs that provide the best condition stimulus for swimmers.  The Sunday program describes the scientifically justified technique features that complete the USRPT experience.  A pedagogical model for technique instruction will be the basis for the presentation order of topics.

It is necessary to cover both conditioning and technique because positive race-pace training effects are dependent upon the two factors to yield maximum benefits.  USRPT is not solely a conditioning model.  Conditioning provides the energy for competitive swimming but technique produces the gains in propelling efficiency.  USRPT accommodates these two emphases for all competitive pool events.

Cost and Enrollment

The cost to participate in one two day seminar is $100 US dollars.  Enrollment for the Denton, Texas seminar will be available through online registration at http://coachsci.sdsu.edu/swim/index.htm

Registration for the Lawrence, Kansas seminar is available through online registration at http://www.indieswimming.com/Home.jsp?team=cmisks

Positions will be granted on a first-come first-served basis.  Denton, TX enrollees will be restricted to 30 with potential to increase the limit.  The Lawrence, KS facility restricts number of participants to 130.

Lodging & Food Availability

Participants will be responsible for their own lodging and food requirements.  Organizers will send information about accommodation and eating/food provision establishments in the area.


The lecture component of the seminar will be in PowerPoint format.  Participants will receive a printed handout of the presentation so that notes can be recorded alongside appropriate PowerPoint slides in the workbook.

Cancellation Policy

You may substitute delegates at any time by providing reasonable advance notice.  For any cancellations received in writing not less than thirty days (30) days prior to the conference, you will receive a 90% credit to be used at another USRPT conference which must occur within one year from the date of issuance of such credit.  A 10% administration fee will be retained for all permitted cancellations.  No credit will be issued for any cancellations occurring within thirty (30) days (inclusive) of the conference.

In the event that the organizer cancels an event for any reason, you will receive a credit for 100% of the fee paid.  In the event that an event is postponed for any reason and the delegate is unable or unwilling to attend in on the rescheduled date, you will receive a credit for 100% of the fee paid.  Except as specified above, no credits will be issued for cancellations. There are no refunds given under any circumstances.


Peter Andrew, Head Coach Indie Swimming

Peter Andrew, Head Coach Indie Swimming

My main focus is always technique first.  Working through Dr. Rushall’s “The Technique Macrocycle” allows me to constantly correct bad habbits that form as Michael grows into his body.  High propelling efficiency is my first priority. Psychology is my second priority (a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer), and last but not least ultra short race pace conditioning (USRPT) rounds off what works magic for Michael.

USRPT took all the confusion and uncertainty out of coaching for me.

USRPT enables me to prepare Michael specifically for each individual event he plans to compete in.  We can accurately predict race outcome based on repetitive split times during practice.

USRPT allows Michael to expect personal best times throughout the season without the need for a taper.

I believe USRPT is changing the sport!

Michael Andrew, 32-NAG Records Broken (courtesy of Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography)

Michael Andrew, 32-NAG Records Broken (courtesy of Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography)

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Lawrence, KS 66049

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  1. anonymous says:

    I want to watch but I don’t want to go to Denton or Kansas. If they made a copy of the video of the event available for purchase I would buy it. Or maybe some sort of webcast?

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

      I’m sure Indie Swimming is reviewing feedback on media…making decisions on how to present USRPT.

  2. ANONYMOUS2 says:

    Agree with Anonymous. And the TX presentation is during Winter Juniors so…

  3. John Sampson says:

    Totally agree^^. I would love to learn about this training method but live no where near either site. A video/webcam option would be huge

    • Steve Nolan says:

      Saaaaaaaaame. Even if it turns out I can’t implement much of what they’d discuss, still pretty intrigued as to what it all entails. (All I’ve got now is – swim really fast with ideal technique all the time. The end.)

  4. beerme says:


  5. KennyRogers says:

    What’s the over/under on number of comments for this story?

  6. Concerned says:

    “This seminar is appropriate for swimming coaches, parents and swimmers who have a considerable amount of control over how they train”.

    That about sums up why this is scary. Having read many of the papers presented on this topic by the good doctor, I have no doubt that in theory it will work wonders for short term individual success (maybe long, we don’t have enough data on how this works over an entire career if implemented at young age). But one of his biggest points is that no one will ever succeed or reach their potential without individually (truly individual, ie alone) tailored training. Isn’t being part of a team the best part of this great sport? Isn’t it your teammates and team trips the bring back the best memoirs? Even those who’ve achieved the highest honours in our sport will tell you this. If success in the pool is the only desired outcome then this is probably the way of the future, but I’m reasonable convinced following USRPT will have a negative impact in the countless benefits being involved in swimming brings to the lives of young people. Again, I don’t have a significant issue with the training itself, not all that different then what most elite college sprint groups have been doing for years, but I am concerned with parents and swimmers deciding they can “go it alone” in search of glory.

    I also haven’t heard many people mention that with his unreal physical gifts, wouldn’t Michael Andrew most likely still be as good as he is in any established program? Of course we’ll never know, and when he wins 6 golds at the 2020 games the doubters will be made to eat their words.

    • Hulk Swim says:

      “But one of his biggest points is that no one will ever succeed or reach their potential without individually (truly individual, ie alone) tailored training. Isn’t being part of a team the best part of this great sport?”

      Why can’t clubs offer more individual training? Why is your assumption that this can only be done one-on-one in a backyard pool (or by taking lanes pace from a team?

      To me, the idea that being on a team means everyone does the same practice day in and day out needs to go away. If your senior group has six lanes- you can break them up into 2-6 specialty groups.

      You may have two guys who both race a 200IM very well, but need entirely different methods to get there. Why force one of them to train in a way that doesn’t benefit them? Why not have them get there in the way that benefits them individually?

      Sure, on a team you may have to stray from 100% custom individualization, due to lane space, but I’m pretty sure a senior group with 6 lanes and 30-40 kids can do multiple things every night based on the needs of the individuals in the group. One workout for 30+ kids is kind of lazy.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My experience with college training in a variety of sports is that “individuals” (one on one training between coach and athlete) is very common in other sports yet not common in swimming. Is that perhaps because it is underutilized in swimming? Surely you can appreciate this point.

    • Josh says:

      I think the reason it isn’t prevalent in swimming is because of the lack of available pool space. Michael Andrew is able to do this because his parents built a pool on their property. For someone like a Dara Torres who has the kinds of resources to do this, it would be perfect.

      Teams are already getting squeezed out of pool time for recreational swimming, aquarobics and learn to swim classes. Our sport is just starting to become available to larger groups of people who may have never had the opportunity of swimming as a competitive sport before, and that diversity is starting to show at the national elite level now. One-on-one coaching is expensive, and would be reserved for those who are privileged enough to afford it, in addition to absorbing all the available pool time. If it became the prevalent method, swimming would once again become a country club, elitist sport.

  8. BlastFromThePast says:

    Sounds familiar. In Sprinting: A Coach’s Challenge (By Dr. Sam Freas), shorter distances were used to train the college sprinters.

  9. Just another coach says:

    I’m beginning to realize that my USSR (ultra slow swimming routine) may not cut it for these modern pampered athletes. I am interested in what this “race pace” is all about

  10. SheSwimsIDrive says:

    Are there any USRPT seminars scheduled for 2014-2015?

  11. Luis says:

    Hi looking for a workshop or seminar tutorial for a coach in 2015

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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