• BB&DPS – Best Balance & Distance Per Stroke: 5 strokes or less in the 4 styles in a short course pool, 10 strokes or less in long course – “Tai Chi Swimming.”  Please go to T.I.P.S. for a more detailed explanation.
  • OB          Over Best:  # of strokes recommended over your BBDPS count
  • TOR        Turn Over Rate
  • Y             FlY
  • K             BacK
  •              BreasT
  • E              FreE
  • uw           Underwater
  • kk            Kick
  •  ‘              Minutes
  • “              Seconds
  • w/            with: utilized to indicate a number of seconds of rest between repetitions
  • on:          to indicate that everyone will do a repetition on a set send-off
  • Description of Training Set:  25’ x (5 x 100 /10”)w/30” – During 25 minutes, you swim sets of 5 one-hundreds taking 10 seconds to rest after each and taking 30 seconds rest after 5.

Warm up:

  • {IM Drill: 4 kk Y, 7 kk K, 2 kk T, 7 kk E.
  • {IM Swim: Swim the 4 strokes in the Individual Medley order
  • YKTE @ your BB&DPS 5 strokes or less in 25 yd. pool).
  • 4 kk Y: Lie on the ‘Y’ position, dolphin kick 4 times, on the 4th kick stroke and breathe; repeat the length of the pool.
  • 7 kk K: Lie on the ‘I’ position (shoulder to the sky with arm parallel to body, hand on the thigh/arm pit to the bottom with arm above head in line with the body), flutter kick 4 times with the top leg, that allows for 3 kicks with the bottom leg, then stroke and lie on the other side and repeat the 7 kicks, count 4 kicks with the top leg.
  • 2 kk T: Pull, breathe, kick, glide, hold your hands in front, then breathe, kick, glide; repeat 2 kicks for 1 pull; on the 2nd stroke think timing, shoulders and heels up together, down together.
  • 7 kk E: Same as back: arm-pit to the bottom – shoulder to the sky, when you stroke one time, during the roll side to side, the nose goes past the water, and you count 4 kicks from the bottom leg (since both feet are kicking you do a total of 7 kicks), after you breathe, set head and stroke again back to the first side.

Continue repeating 1x IM drills, 1x IM swim until time is finished.

Kicking set:

  • On 45” {4 x 25 w/kickboard } kick fast (not afayc) 20”- 25” leave on 45”, 25”+ on 50”, 30”+ on 60”
  • {4 x 25 E w/bucket brisk} setting the head (steady bowline), fast feet in a small space, and shoulder shifting, front quadrant swimming, breathe if  necessary.  On 45” or a sendoff that allows you to get at least 20” rest on the kick. Repeat the number of sets specified, alternating, the 4 kicking laps and the 4 bucket  laps.

Drill of the week:

  • FREE – Fake, 2x Arm recovery:  Swim freestyle, the recovery arm will recover twice, one time to take a breathe and reset the arm at the back end while you reset the head, then recover the second time and swim the lead arm for real.  On the second arm recovery, repeat: recover to take a breath, reset the arm and the head, then recover and swim for real.  Yes, breathe on both sides.  Pay attention to keeping the leading arm steady in the front end while you do the fake arm recovery, you are learning to ride on your ski (your arm) while letting your lungs carry you.
Date:  5-24-2021 Workout Today  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! THANKS ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, SEALS,  MARINES, COAST GUARD
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB·
  • 8 x 50 kk w/board on 1:15 or w/10“ to 15“
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
Sprint Set SP3 2 x {(4 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill

25

2 sets of 4x 25, push off and swim all out, do not breathe until 6 strokes, and then swim easy to the 25.  In E & K 6 strokes are 12 digs, in Y & T 6 extensions to the front.
Anaerobic Threshold EN3Intensity: 3 to 4 OBEquipment:  Hand Paddles
  • 40’ x {(8 x 100 w/20”) w/60”
  • {(16 x 50 w/15”) w/60”
  • {(32 x 25 w/10”) w/60”
Repeat 800’s broken until 40’ are finished, rest 60” after counting A to P.
Kick Set
  • 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”
  • {4 x 25 E no breathe}
Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  5-25-2021 Workout Today
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
Prolonged Sprinting SP3 3 x {(4 x 25 on 2’) w/50 drill

50

3 sets of 4 repetitions – dive-in 25’s all out, no breath if possible.  Work on start, break, and maximum acceleration.  Swim easy to the 50 and restart on prescribed send-off.
Aerobic Training EN2Intensity: 1½ to 3 OB Equipment:  Paddles and Fins 45’ x 100’s w/10” A to B Swim 100’s, go as fast as you can, EZ enough to last 45 minutes w/10” rest between each.  Maintain a steady pace.
Kick Set
  • 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”
  • {4 x 25 E no breath}
Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  5-26-2021 Workout Today
Energy System Exercise Set                           Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB 
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
Aerobic Training EN2Intensity:  1 ½ to 3 OBEquipment:  None 45’ x {(5 x 100 w/10” to 15”) w/20” A to B

Y, K, T, E, IM

Sets of 5x 100 w/10” rest after every 5 take 20” rest, to drink; swim 1x 100 of each stroke and 1x IM.  Restart until 45’ finish;  triathletes swim 1x 100 each of naked, paddles, fins, both
Lactate Anaerobic Power SP2Intensity:  6 to 7 OB 2 x (3 x 75 on 5’) w/7’ Choice of stroke, dive in every time, swim an easy 100 to 150, between swims
Kick Set 1 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

{4 x 25 E no breath}

Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date: 5-27-2021 Workout Today
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB 
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
In Motion Speed SP3 3 x {(4 x 50 on 1:30) w/50 drill

6 str

“Olympic” Finishes.  Swim 3 sets of 4x 50 go easy until six strokes out of the finish, then sprint all out no breath and touch, not “grab” the wall.  Swim a 50 drill after 4.  Choose a different stroke each set.
Anaerobic Threshold EN3Intensity:  3 to 4 OBEquipment:  Paddles optional
  • 30’ x {(2 x 50 w/10”) w/30” A to B
  • {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/40” A to D
  • {(6 x 50 w/10”) w/50” A to F   
  • {(8 x 50 w/10”) w/60” A to H
2x 50, 4x 50, 6x 50, and 8x 50.  Please observe the resting intervals.  Restart until the 30’ are finished.
Kick Set
  • 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”
  • {4 x 25 E no breathe}
Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  5-28-2021 Workout Today
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
Aerobic Training EN2Intensity: 2½ to 3½ OB
  • 40’ x {(100 IM w/15” Count:  A to B
  • {(100 E w/15”
Swim 1x 100 IM and then 1x 100 free, watch the resting intervals
Anaerobic Threshold EN3Intensity:     3 to 4 OBEquipment:  Fins – optional
  • 30’ x {(2 x 100w/15”) w/45” K
  • {(4 x 50 w/10”) w/45”        
  • {(8 x 25 w/05”) w/45”

Count:  A to D

200’s broken backstroke, 1x 100’s, 1x 50’s, and 1x 25’s; work on the 15 yards under water dolphin kick on every wall, use fins if you want to.
Kick Set
  • 1x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”
  • {4 x 25 E no breathe}
Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  5-29-2021 Workout Today
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1
  • 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE
  • {IM Swim @ BBDPS, 1 OB, 2 OB, 3 OB
Please see BASICS, for full set explanations, on the IM swim start the first loop at BBDPS, and add a stroke on each loop you repeat, until you are out of warm-up time.
Aerobic Training EN 2

Intensity: 1½ to 3 OB

Equipment:  Fins

  • 40’ x {1 x 100 IM w/15”
  • {2 x 25 kk on 45”
  • {1 x 100 4th best w/15”
  • {2 x 25 kk on 45”
  • {1 x 100 3rd best w/15”
  • {2 x 25 kk on 45”
  • {1 x 100 2nd best w/15”
  • {2 x 25 kk on 45”
The swim portions are at the intensity prescribed in the Energy System, working on 2nd, 3rd and 4th best strokes.  The kick portions should be on flutter and dolphin uw, fins are recommended, so you can last the whole way underwater in the streamline glide position, 1 on belly and 1 on back.
Sprint Set SP3 4 x 5 str on 1:30 w/50 drill

50

4 sprints of 5 strokes, all out – no breathe, swim EZ to the 50,
Resistance to Speed SP3

6 to 7 OB

2 x {8, 10(11), 12(14), 14(17) strokes on 2’} w/50 drill

 50

  •   Make sure you can make 14 strokes before you attempt 17 strokes all out no breathe.  Do the ascending stroke count on the first set, and the descending stroke count on the second set.
Swim 50’s push-off and race the number of strokes listed, every time you make it all out, no breath, you advance to the next larger number of strokes.  You may choose any style. After 4 repetitions, do a 50 drill then do the second set.  If you have buckets or parachutes, do this set tied to a bucket.  For more info’ on bucket swimming write to: coachrs@swimgym.net
Warm Down EN1 600 IM –  P, K, S 600 pull, kick, swim:  IM