How many sessions should a young swimmer undertake each week?

The short answer is … as many as the coach recommends and the swimmer is available for. However, there is no one right answer to this question. Basic training principles tell us that every swimmer is unique. Eight sessions a week for one swimmer may be ideal: for another it may not be enough: yet for another it may be excessive. In addition, each sports has unique demands. However, there are a few guidelines:

  • Most sports are built around skills and techniques. No matter how many sessions are done, how many kilometers are covered, ho much weight is lifted, the most important aspect of many sports is good technique.
  • The body will respond to the stresses and loads placed upon it, providing it is given enough time and the right conditions to recover and adapt. In other words the more training, the more emphasis on rest and recovery.
  • Young simmers should not work at high intensity for sustained periods.

The last guideline is perhaps the most important. Too many coaches, when faced with the situation of swimmers not improving, try to increase the intensity level of the training, believing that more work means better swimmers.

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During workouts, should I focus mainly on drills or rather on long-distance swims several times a weeks?

Swimming is both a highly technical and fitness-based sport. In order to swim as efficiently as possible and avoid injuries, you need to develop and maintain proper techniques. However, ACHIEVING MAXIMUM RESULTS ISN’T POSSIBLE THROUGH DRILLS ALONE. Your workouts should provide a good mix of intense swim sets and drill work. Also, be very careful in picking of of drills because there are hundreds of drills which are designed to dressed many different elements of the stroke technique. Not all those drill will be relevant for you. Be sure to get your stroke analyzed via SwiMMinD’s video analysis module or your coach. Both SwiMMinD, which is based on well established programs from the US, UK and Australia and your coach will determine what you need to work on. Thus, you could be assured that your practice was relevant to you and was worthwhile.

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How do I reduce anxiety while swimming in open water?

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

This can be done in both the open water and your local swimming pool.

Practice in open water as often as you could to familiarize yourself with swimming in that setting. Find open water communities, clubs, coaches, experts where you could learn open-water specific skills such as sighting and drafting.

With your training buddy, team, friends, go for open water swims as often you can but always put safety first, never swim alone.

To get better in open water swims you should practice in pools as well. Consistent training in the pool, using a mixture of drills and internal-based swim sets, will allow you to become as comfortable and efficient as possible in the open water, helping you cope with anxiety.

Video analysis is also very helpful tool to improve your open water skills.

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How Much Do You Know About Butterfly?

This quiz tests your Butterfly knowledge. Enjoy!

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