Swimming Metrics with Video Examples
A skilled swim stroke is like a well-tuned triathlon bike…the athlete who has control over their stroke has the ability to choose their speed, tempo, and pace based on their needs. Just like a runner or cyclist can choose their pace at will, a swimmer should be able to choose their “gear” depending on the goals of training and racing. Learning how to evaluate your athlete’s distance per stroke, and tempo is a key component of helping them improve their swim. This webinar reviews the relationships between height, stroke length, the impact of tempo and includes video examples to evaluate. Finally, we go over sample swim sets that can be designed based on your initial metrics evaluation of your athlete.
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Overtraining and under-recovery are both challenging issues for triathletes that can result in fatigue, injury, and a loss of fitness. The stressors of physical training and daily life, such as work, family, or finances, are cumulative. Training stress is easy to measure, but measuring recovery is much more difficult. Heart Rate Variability can help solve the issue of knowing when to execute planned hard training and when to take extra recovery or rest day instead. Tracking your HRV with a daily morning measurement provides insight into your ability to complete a high-intensity training session successfully.
Coach Joella Baker, coach of Get Fit Families Elite Youth & Junior Triathlon team, presents the swim training program she designed to meet the unique needs of High School and Junior High aged triathletes. Her program helps keep them competitive at the high school level for swimming, builds confidence, and strengthens team bonds.
Short Course Training typically refers to events equal to international / Olympic distance triathlon or shorter. However, an elite age grouper at sprint worlds has different needs than a novice age grouper at their local Olympic tri. This webinar discusses how to design & perform a variety of assessments, differences between anaerobic and aerobic training, and periodizing a short course season
Interval training is used by athletes of all levels from beginner to professional, however, each athlete has unique demands for training and performance. This webinar discusses different training zone scales, the design of aerobic interval training including endurance, threshold, and VO2 max training. Work/rest intervals, time spent at different percentages of Vo2 Max, and velocity or power at VO2 Max are all discussed.
The mobile joints of the cervical spine (neck) and shoulder allow for the range of motion needed for swimming such as reaching forward / overhead, rotating the head & body side to side for breathing, and looking forward to sight. Suzanne reviews the anatomy of these joints in order to teach coaches proper strengthing, stretching and protection in order to prevent injuries.
Understanding the metabolic demands of the athlete’s events will allow you as the coach to plan appropriate training in a logical, progressive way. This introduction to exercise physiology discusses the changes with acute versus chronic exercise training, and the metabolic demands of brief intermittent events such as strength training versus longer continuous events like running, swimming, or biking. Dr. Atkinson also reviews the response of lactate in response to exercise intensity and duration.