USC Coach Dave Salo talks USRPT, coaching philosophy on Ritter Sports Performance Podcast

Dr. Dave Salo, head coach at the University of Southern California, appeared on the Ritter Sports Performance Podcast this week to talk about everything from coaching philosophy to his take on the much-discussed Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training.

The podcast is hosted by Chris Ritter, who runs RITTER Sports Performance, a website devoted to personal training. Ritter has also written a book on strength training specifically geared for swimming (Surge Strength).

Ritter talks to Salo, a well-respected club, collegiate and professional coach best-known for his cutting-edge sprint training. Salo shares about his coaching philosophy and the more quality-based, race-pace training he uses at USC that contrasts greatly with some of the extremely high-volume philosophies governing many other successful high-level programs. Salo is well-known for his work with such athletes as Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy and Vlad Morozov.

Perhaps of most interest to SwimSwam’s reader-base (judging by the number of commenters discussing it on a regular basis) is Salo’s analysis of USRPT, or Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training. Salo gives his take on some advantages of USRPT, but also talks about some areas where he diverges from USRPT guru Brent Rushall in thinking.

That’s just a taste of the interview, which fills two solid podcasts. Part 1 is embedded below, and you can find Part 2 at by following this link. The website also has links to Salo’s coaching books as well as more details on his coaching career.

Podcast courtesy of Chris Ritter and RITTER Sports Performance. You can find the podcast and subscribe on iTunes here.

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Part 1 doesn’t seem to be working…


Thanks for posting this. Very interesting. A real thought leader. If he ever gets down under I’ll challenge him to a game of 1 on 1. I bet he’s up for it.


Great stuff! Take the 70 minutes and listen to this. If as a coach or swimmer you can’t get something out of this.. Well.. The world needs ditch diggers too…

I love it COACHERIK! Glad you enjoyed it.

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