• training and testing of competitive swimmers
    Two of the most common features of training pro­grams of swimmers competitive are the periodiza­tion of training volume and intensity and  the transition from training to racing. A periodized train­ing and tapering program is based on the principle of overload—recovery—peaking. This principle forms the basis of preparing swimming training programs with the aim of increasing the level of competitive performance. A fundamental principle of preparing athletes is that periodization and…
  • Periodization
    Periodization involves dividing the training plan into smaller parts using the terms mesocycle, macrocycle, and microcycle. These terms are used to establish a hierarchy of training within the overall program. This approach is well established in practice in a wide range of endurance and power sports. Mesocycle : Mesocycle refers to a long-term training phase last­ing several weeks to months. In swimming this rep­resents the entire 12-20-week preparation for a…
  • Volume before intensity | Periodization |
    One of the fundamental principles that underpins the periodization of training is that volume of train­ing is increased before the intensity of training. This principle applies to meso-, macro- , and microcycles alike. Most coaches are familiar with the concept that a foundation of aerobic fitness is established early in the mesocycle or competition season. After this initial period of increasing training volume to build endur­ance, the emphasis of training…
  • Training plan for a season
    The contemporary model of preparing competitive swimmers in a given year is based on the following se­quence of training and competition: preseason, early season, competitive season, taper, championship sea­son, and recovery or off-season. For highly trained swimmers the competitive season usually takes the form of domestic competition or international com­petitions. The champi­onship season typically involves the national champi­onships, often doubling as the national team selection trials, and then the major…