This special report may surprise you as it recommends that swimmers who want to get more competitive should spend less time in the pool and more time working out in the gym!
It has been prepared by our Sports Performance Bulletin team of experts, including swim coaches and fitness specialists. It covers a wide range of subjects, not simply strength training, although that is a vital element in the mix. The report also looks at intensity, off-season training, weight training, equipment such as the swim bench, specific training for competition, and much else besides. As a bonus, the report also includes an instructive look at swim tapering as a method of improving performance.
SPECIFIC EXERCISES – This strength-training programme can really boost your swim results – Raphael Brandon
TRAINING INTENSITY – If you want to improve your swim
performance times, turn up the intensity and turn down
the volume – Raphael Brandon
COMPETITION TRAINING – Here’s an overview of the
basics of techniques for all strokes (plus a bit extra) and
specific training needs – Matthew Coulson
ANOTHER STRENGTH PROGRAMME – These workouts
are guaranteed to give you maximum bang for your
training buck – Raphael Brandon
CRITICAL SWIM SPEED – This reliable test of aerobic
capacity is non-invasive and easy to do – Matthew Coulson, Jeremy Cooper and Don MacLaren
A GUIDE TO TAPERING – Competitive swimmers and
their coaches are constantly seeking new and effective
methods to improve performance. Here’s one – Matthew Coulson
What the papers say – Must-read articles for any swimmer:
This American study shows which type of weight-training improves performance.
Is the swim bench a mechanical ergogenic aid to training?