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It seems like it was only yesterday, but the Olympic Games were held six months ago. There are several amazing stories and achievements to be recalled. Arguably one of the biggest headlines of the Olympic Games was in the 50-m free Olympic Swimming race when Anthony Ervin from USA grabbed a shocking Gold Medal. At…

This episode of the Advanced Swimming Performance Podcast features co-host Jenni Brozena. Jenni and I discuss hypoxic training. Jenni Brozena is the Owner and Lead Sport Scientist of Aqueous, an international organization providing elite aquatic wellness through accessible sport science for training preparation, performance, and rehabilitation of aquatic athletes. Jenni works with healthcare systems and large-scale…

With Swimming Science’s Twitter Chat on rehabilitation and pre-habilitation coming up (Feb. 23rd at 10:00 EST), I thought this would be a great question to answer and provoke some thought. Intuitively, we all know the sport of swimming places some very unique demands on the human body; because of this, training for competition is very…

Take Home Message: 1. The aim was to track the changes in the energetic profile of Katie Ledecky performance between Barcelona 2013 and Kazan 2015 2. In two years, the aerobic pathways improved by almost 1.5% (aerobic capacity 1.30% and aerobic power 1.64%). 3. The anaerobic pathways improved much more (anaerobic distance capacity 3.42% and…

Should sprinters perform aerobic training? This is a common question, especially with the emergence of USRPT and more sprint training in general. Overall, the contribution of the aerobic energy system in sprint swimming should guide swimming training in swimmers. Also, understanding energy system contribution during repeated swim swimming is important, once again, as USRPT and…

People prefer straight black and white answers and exercise physiology is not an exception. Most courses in physiology focus on three different energy systems, which text books and classes typically include the following: Phosphagen:  Utilizes ATP and creatine phosphate as its primary energy to the cells. Creatine phosphate is a high energy phosphate molecule. Active…

Pacing 101 for swimmers is an easy to follow instructional manual for pacing various swimming races. This manual only involves one strategy, as one pacing strategy is ideal for all swim races in this writer’s opinion. You may not believe a 50 and 1500-meter distance race has the same pacing strategy, but remember all that…

Associating energy systems with the set, workout, season, and race are essential for optimizing race performance. Most swimming races utilize multiple energy systems with an emphasis on the anaerobic system, but realize the anaerobic system is not the sole system. The amount of contribution from each energy system is essential to understand to provide the…

   
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