Autumn months are a great opportunity to learn or improving skills that add benefit to the athlete’s usual training and competitive performance. Off season training should be varied, improve technical aspects, develop strength and optimise movement patterns. Sustaining peak performance during the season relies significantly on athletes having a well timed end of season break to allow repair and regeneration that is compromised with busy working, training and competitive lifestyles. Experienced and novice athletes alike benefit greatly from developing their pool based skills, rather than returning to the same routine. When multisport athletes dedicate some time to focus on a single sport (in this case, swimming) it is a great investment to bring about proportionate gains to carry through the Winter months whilst maintaining their performance strengths (eg: bike and run).
In this month’s training article –Train Now written for H20pen magazine, I provide a range of sessions to work with and the benefits of pool based skill development as a training focus. See below or the linked article above.
Our squad focus for the next 4-6 weeks will be working through the technical mastery and improvement of individual medley strokes and tumble turns, the latter being the most requested skill each year by our swimmers!
Enjoy and look forward to working with more of the ‘purist’ elements of swimming