Commit Swimming Set Of The Week: Backstroke Kicking And Speed Play

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Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week sponsored by Commit Swimming.com! This week’s set is an aerobic backstroke set. The set moves through two rounds with an emphasis on sustained kicking, holding underwaters, and a bit of speed play throughout.

On the second round of the set give your swimmers and extra minute rest between the 2 x 200 and the 2 x 150 for your swimmers to put on fins and really let them get going fast at the end of the second round. Ask your swimmers to set a number for their underwater kicks to hold throughout the set and hold them accountable to that over the course of the workout. Take a look at the set below:

2 Rounds:

300 kick/sw backstroke on 4:45

2 x 200 backstroke (#1 – 50 smooth/50 strong, #2 – 25 smooth/75 strong) on 3:00

*(round 2 take ~1:00 to put on fins)

2 x 150 as 50 kick/50 sw/50 kick (hold underwater kicks on 50’s kick) on 2:20 (2:00 w/ fins)

4 x 50 descend 1-3, 4 is smooth on :50

 

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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