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Swim Technique Focus Workout

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Apr 16, 2013
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Every Tuesday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 mins (or less!).

This week’s swim technique workout comes from Tom Manzi, a USAT Level II coach with Joe Friel’s Training Bible Coaching company since 1997. Manzi, who splits his time between southern Arizona and the Jersey Shore, uses this workout with his many of his athletes, who range from newbies to elites.

One-Hour Swim Technique Workout

Warm-up: 300 easy swim

Drill Set: 4x[8x25] at a moderate pace, with a focus on one technique for each of the sets. Take 15–20 seconds rest between each 25.

• Set 1: POSTURE. Focus on head position, looking down to raise your hips.
• Set 2: DIRECTION. Focus on hand entry equal with shoulder, don’t crossover—think “swim like a penguin walks.”
• Set 3: LENGTH. Focus on extending your hand and arm as far as you can above the water, trying to enter with fingertips first. The longer you extend, the better you will rotate.
• Set 4: CATCH. Focus on fingertips entering water first, with a locked wrist. Keep wrist locked with fingertips pointing to bottom of pool for entire catch phase.

Main Set: 10×25 fast with 20 sec rest. Only go as fast as you can hold good form. Focus on what you did in your drill set. Count strokes and time each 25. What was your average stroke count and average time?

Cool-down: 200 easy

= 1550 total

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a four-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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