Recovery swimming

Recovery or off-season

The main features of this phase are maintaining an active approach with at least three low- to moderate­intensity aerobic swims completed each week, special­ized programs to target weaknesses in individual fit­ness profiles, and dietary control to maintain body composition.

swim4There are few studies that have directly addressed the issue of the most effective program for swimmers to follow during the off-season or in short breaks from training and competition.

There is, how­ever, a significant body of literature that details the Lime course of training adaptations with training and loss of fitness during detraining (Counsilman & Coun­silman 1991; Mujika & Padilla 2000). A typical strategy for the off-season involves a marked 50-70% reduction in the frequency, volume, and intensity of training.

For a highly trained swimmer, who normally com­pletes 10 training sessions per week, this would equate to approximately three sessions of low- to moderate­intensity training. Apart from maintaining the un­derlying cardiovascular and metabolic adaptations, regular training will also help retain neuromuscular patterns and the all important "feel for the water."

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