10.15.2017

Set for the D Crew in SCM

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

Set for the D crew in SCM

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Sprint/Power/Pace

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

Sprint/Power/Pace

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10.10.2017

Medley Madness

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA


Recently, it was announced that for 2018 the TYR Pro Series would include a 200 IM where the stroke order would be announced right before the race.  That got me thinking about a name for all 24 possible stroke orders.  Here is what I came up with:



































So I thought it would be fun to do a set with this concept.  Each round, I told the swimmers what the stroke order would be for the 200 IM about 10 seconds before they started.  It made for an interesting workout that many of them enjoyed.




10.09.2017

IM Flowers Set

Coach George Young

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10.02.2017

Middle Distance Push/Tolerance Set (42-48 min, 3000)

Brad Herndon
Head Coach
Greensboro Community YMCA


These intervals worked well for us earlier this week (8th grade and up group with minimum of 3 Capital Classic cuts):

ALL = freestyle fastest possible holds each round, no equipment.  At end of set we recorded fastest 200, median 200 (time repeated the most), and the slowest 200.  This was all freestyle, our group was about 30 % A group, 70 % B group, higher failure rate on those last 2 with A group...1 min rest went really fast, this was a very successful set, kids stepped up:

A Group   B Group  
5 x 200’s @    2:40        3:00
1 min rest
4 x 200’s @    2:30        2:50
1 min rest
3 x 200’s @    2:20        2:40       
1 min rest
2 x 200’s @    2:10        2:30       
1 min rest
1 x 200 @       FASTEST POSSIBLE

Top Male (1 boy, only one other with median at 2:00) 1:52, 1:55, 1:56

Top Female (3 different girls around this mark) 2:03, 2:06, 2:08

The Jaw-Dropper

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

This had some jaws dropping when they saw it -- but it turned out to be a really good practice. SCM

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9.29.2017

Set for a Big Combined Group

Todd Kramer
Assistant Coach
Columbia Swim Club

Here is a workout we did last week that ended up being fairly successful. This season, on Fridays we have to swim our Senior 2, 3, and 4 groups together due to limited pool hours. Swimmers range from 13 years old to 18, and in ability from just below Sectionals to OT qualifiers.

Our main set was this:
10x100 kick @ :10 rest. We gave each swimmer their total time for all 10x100s, they needed to subtract 90 seconds for the rest plus however far back in the lane the went. Kick must be the same for the entire set. 
1x500 kick - Goal was to beat their time for the 10x100s(with the math) divided by two
200 ez swim
10x100 free @ :10 rest - Same deal as above
1x500 free - Beat the time from the 10x100s(with the math) divided by two. 

I wasn't sure how successful we would be on this set, but the overwhelming majority beat their goal time on the kick by a few seconds and those that missed were within five seconds or so. On the swim we were a little bit less successful, a little less than half beat their time, but again those that missed were within about five seconds or so. As a whole we were very happy with the efforts. We felt that the overwhelming majority of the swimmers did not take the easy way out and give less than their best on the 100s, so they set the bar high on their 500s. Overall it was a great practice and a good way to involve swimmers of different ability levels training together at the same time. 

9.26.2017

Breaststroke Descenders

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

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9.25.2017

Sprint Free Tournament

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

For the last 15 minutes of our practice, we only have 2 lanes for the 20 swimmers in our National group.  Today we had a fun "Sprint Free Tournament" in that time. Every swimmer must know his or her best 50 free time to the tenth of a second. Here's how it works:

1. Coach selects a swimmer (or youngest can go first). This swimmer chooses a teammate to race in a 50 free.
2. The race is handicapped, meaning that if swimmer A's best time is 24.0 and swimmer B's best time is 25.2, swimmer A must swim a time at least 1.2 seconds faster than swimmer B to "win" the race.
3. The head to head race commences.  The winner advances to the next round. The loser is out.
4. Repeats steps 1 - 4 until all swimmers have competed once.  Continue until only 1 swimmer remains as the champ. Be sure to keep an eye on each competitor getting amounts of rest between swims to keep it fair.

Works best with 8, 16, or 32 swimmers, but can be done with any number. Enjoy!

9.24.2017

Rehearsing Race Pace

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA

Rehearsing race pace for meets

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9.22.2017

Backstroke for days

Ryan Woodruff
Head Coach
Lynchburg YMCA


Backstroke for days

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