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Swim Energy Usage


RER Value Guide

Slow (0.7)
A1 band - warm-up, recovery, cool-down sets
Moderate (0.85)
A2 band - aerobic capacity sets
Intense (1.00)
A3 band - aerobic power, VO2max sets

Data Source: Zamparo P, Bonifazi M (2013). Bioenergetics of cycling sports activities in water.

Coded for Swimming Science by Cameron Yick

Freestyle data

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Quick Food Reference

48g Carbs
25g Carbs
Peanut Butter
16g (2 tablespoons) *


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G. John Mullen

G. John Mullen received his Doctorate in Physical at University of Southern California (USC) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). At USC, he was a clinical research assistant performing research on adolescent diabetes, lung adaptations to swimming, and swimming biomechanics. G. John has been featured in Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, and the International Society of Swim Coaches Journal. He is currently the owner of COR, providing Physical Therapy, Personal Training, and Swim Lessons to swimmers and athletes of all skills and ages. He is also the creator of the Swimmer's Shoulder System, Swimming Science, Swimming Science Research Review, and the Swimming Troubleshooting System.

Allan Phillips

Allan Phillips is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with Pike Athletics based in San Antonio, Texas. He is also an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2 coach, USA Triathlon coach, and StrongFirst Kettlebell (SFG) instructor. Along with his writing for SwimSci, Allan is an editor for the Swimming Science Research Review and a columnist for SWIMMER Magazine. Allan is enrolled in the Army-Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy program where his research interests include movement screening and injury prevention. 

Cameron Yick

Cameron Yick is a student athlete from Connecticut, with particular interest in the psychology side of human performance. He founded and continues to moderate Dr. Brent Rushall's USRPT Training Panel. In addition to studying electrical engineering, he is currently working on developing swimming tech tools, which can be found at www.ottrloggr.com.

Herbert Behm is a long time swimmer and coach, currently Assistant Coaching the Senior and Age Group programs at Phoenix Swim Club in Phoenix, Arizona. He is completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications at Arizona State University where he is a school record holder in the 400 Medley Relay.

Tiago Barbosa

Tiago Barbosa graduated at the University of Porto (Portugal) in 1997. He earned at that same university both his MSc and PhD degrees in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Tiago started his career as a Physical Education teacher, swimming instructor, coach and eventually he shifts to academia. Nowadays he holds a position at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as faculty and at the Portuguese Swimming Federation as scientific advisor and analyst. 

Josh Pintar

Josh Pintar is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at The Ohio State University with a specialization in research. Prior and during physical therapy school Josh worked as a strength, conditioning, and swim coach for St. Charles Preparatory School, the Greater Columbus Swim Club, and the Jerry L. Garver YMCA Swim Club.

Josh’s clinical interests include working with the OSU Sports Medicine Endurance Team. As a member of this group he helped develop a comprehensive endurance evaluation for competitive swimmers and performs stroke analysis, running gait analysis, and bicycle fittings for athletes of all levels. In addition to clinical work, Josh continues to train swimmers as an assistant coach and team physical therapist at St. Charles and The Ohio State Swim Club.

Most recently, Josh has joined the Swimming Science Research Review community, performing article reviews for Swimming Science.

Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb was named Head Coach of Carmel Swim Club in July 2006. As Head Coach, Chris oversees all aspects of the club, and he coaches the Senior Group. Chris is also the Head Coach at Carmel High School. This year’s Carmel high School Girl’s Swim Team won their first overall National High School Championship. He directed the 2011 Carmel Boys and Girls Swim Teams to IHSAA State Championship Titles (notably, Chris has been at the helm for the last five of the Lady Hound’s 25 consecutive titles and two of the Boys 13 titles). He was inducted into this year’s class of honorees in the Indiana Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Beyond the high school realm, 2011 was a great year for CSC athletes. Under Chris’s leadership, Harrison Wagner was the 18 and Under National Champion in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and Lacey Locke was the Junior National Runner-Up in the 100 Meter Backstroke.
Alan Goldberg is a sports psychology consultant, Dr. Alan Goldberg works with swimmers at every level from Olympians right down to age groupers. A popular presenter at the Olympic Training Center, swim coaches clinics and clubs around the country, Dr. G specializes in helping individual swimmers get unstuck and swimming fast when it counts the most. He is the author of Smoke on the Water, a mental toughness guide for swimmers, DMTS (Developing Mentally Tough Swimmers) a coach's guide for developing mental toughness, Swimming Out of Your Mind, a 6-CD sports psychology/mental toughness training program, The Racer's Edge, a 2 CD mental toughness meet companion, and Swimming Fast When It Counts The Most, a mental toughness workbook for swimmers. In addition, Dr. G is a regular contributor to Swimming World Magazine. Buy Alan's products here.

Kevin Iwasa-Madge

Kevin Iwasa-Madge is the owner owner of iMadgen Nutrition, and as a former top-5 finisher in the world as a freestyle wrestler, Kevin embodies the lifestyle of an elite athlete. Kevin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in the Applied Human Nutrition Program.  This clinically focused program allowed him the opportunity to address a range of diseases from a nutritional approach.  After graduation Kevin attained a certification in sports nutrition from the International Society of Sports Nutrition.  The CISSN is the premier certification in the field of sports nutrition and is recognized by the leaders in applied sports nutrition.  This certification requires Kevin to earn Continuing Education Units, maintaining his development of relevant, cutting edge knowledge in the field of sports nutrition. 

Also, Kevin has been an elite wrestler for over 10 years, competing for both the University of Guelph and Team Canada.  Kevin is a former First Team All-Canadian, Academic All-Canadian, and Canadian Champion. While at the University of Guelph, Kevin was short-listed for the prestigious Student-Athlete of the Year award. He currently trains with and competes for the Guelph Wrestling Club and National Team, recently placing 5th at the FISU World Championships Kevin’s expertise has been acknowledged by progressive groups such as Swimming Science and Basic Motion Therapy, whom he has written articles for. Over the years, Kevin has worked with a range of individuals, from those looking to improve their overall health, to rugby player, football players, swimmers, professional fighters, wrestlers, endurance athletes and more.

This combination of academic knowledge, athletic experience and work experience allows Kevin to provide a range of services from preventative nutrition counselling to nutrition-related performance counselling for elite athletes and sports teams.  Kevin's philosophy is that proper nutrition should be different for everyone and specific to their goals.

John Matulevich

John Matulevich is a powerlifting world record holder in multiple lifts and weight classes, as well as a Head D-2 Strength Coach, and previously a nationally ranked college athlete. His concentrations are in sports performance, powerlifting, and weight training for swimming. To learn more about how John trains his athletes, check his Twitter page: @John_Matulevich. He can also be reached at MuscleEmporium@gmail.com with inquiries.

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