Commit Swimming Set Of The Week: Cruising To Breaststroke Pace

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Welcome to Swimming World’s Set of the Week sponsored by Commit Swimming.com! This week’s set is a breaststroke set that works on controlling pace and speed while also holding onto an efficient stroke.

2 Rounds:
     200 as 50 breast drill/50 fast breast kick on 3:00
     3 x 100 descend 1-3 (rd 1 – 25 br/75 free, rd 2 – 50 br/50 fr, rd 3 – 75 br/25 fr) on 1:30

3 Rounds:
     4 x 50 w/ fins breast w/ flutter kick fast on 1:00
     4 x 50 desc #1-3 to 200 pace, #4 all out on 1:10
     1 x 100 cruise on 2:00

The set is really divided into two mini-sets that have different purposes. The first mini-set is more of an aerobic focus to get your swimmers heart rates up while also giving them time to find the feel of their stroke as they are descending through each round. Athletes should be focused on the timing and length of their stroke in this part of the set, making sure they are holding onto their efficiency and distance per stroke as they are speeding up.

At this point in the set swimmers should be warmed up and ready to go for the second half of the set, which focuses on holding that stroke technique while adding speed. Swimmers will grab fins for the beginning of each round for 4 x 50’s breaststroke with flutter kick. These are all fast and swimmers should really focus on having a fast kick to drive their stroke tempo.

After the first 4 x 50’s they will take their fins off for another 4 x 50’s where they are descending to 200 pace on #3, with the last 50 all out. Take a 100 easy between rounds to regroup. The challenge of this set is to hold onto your stroke as the intensity ramps up, so encourage your athletes to be aware of their stroke count and watch their stroke tempo to make sure they are holding onto their strokes.

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    AfterShock

    I prefer using a dolphin kick instead of the flutter kick on the breaststroke with fins drill.

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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