Swimming World Presents “Aerobic Overload: Volume Revisited Part 2”

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Aerobic Overload: Volume Revisited Part 2

By Michael J. Stott


Last month, Swimming World examined the role of volume in aquatic training. This month, some of America’s most successful swimmers share how volume shaped their development.

 

ELIZABETH BEISEL
“I feel volume is an old school, taboo type of training, but that’s why I am the athlete I am. With Chuck Batchelor as my coach at Bluefish (Mass.), volume was the way I got fast.
“Living almost an hour from the pool, I did not do doubles in middle or high school. My training was condensed into a nightly three-hour time slot. We did some dryland and running, but it was mostly swimming in a six-lane, 25-yard pool.

“Chuck was brilliant in how he incorporated volume into workouts. The day before Thanksgiving was notoriously hard—almost 20,000 yards—but we were willing to do the work.

“We never had access to a long course pool, so Chuck added yardage by either extending practice by 30 minutes or, instead of 10 x 100 best average, we’d do 10 x 125 best average. I loved the feeling of a strong woman, never backing down and being given something ridiculously hard and achieving it well.

“Our training group (including eventual NCAA champion Laura Sogar) thrived in that environment. We might not have liked some 10,000 set he gave us—but at the end of the year, if we stepped up for a 400 IM, we recalled that 10,000 and knew we could finish better than anyone else. We were proud to be Chuck’s Bluefish swimmers because we were the toughest. Chuck trusted us. We had a great line of communication and if we were super tired, he’d change the workout,” she says.

Beisel’s college choice was easy. University of Florida coach Gregg Troy and Batchelor shared similar training philosophies. In Gainesville, she experienced more dryland, the joy of running stadium steps and increased volume.

“But my body could handle it, especially 8k twice a day for two hours versus three hours straight of 12k or 16k for four (on Saturdays),” Beisel admitted. “I only kept getting faster and faster.” An added bonus was a weekly phone call the three had to discuss her training.

“All that work gave me a calming sense of confidence at race time, especially in the mile or 400 IM, ” she says. “I had pride in being a distance and middle distance swimmer. You have to figure out for yourself how to be the best athlete possible, and for me that was through volume.”

 

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Swimming World Magazine July 2020 Issue

FEATURES

017 A NEW HOPE
by Dan D’Addona
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe and changed the lives of everyone in the world. Now, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as the world struggles to find normalcy again.

020 ISHOF: “CALLING ALL TROUBLEMAKERS”
by Bruce Wigo
Sprinters are a different breed of swimmer. They’re not just free spirits, but they seem to be rule breakers and troublemakers who also are catalysts for positive change. In the first of a two-part feature, Swimming World takes a look at the stories of two of the most well-known female sprinters who fit this image: Dawn Fraser and Eleanor Holm.

023 GREAT SCOT(T)
by David Rieder
Scotland’s Duncan Scott should be an Olympic medal threat next year in the 100 and 200 free and maybe even the 200 IM, and he will be a key cog for British 800 free and 400 medley relays with gold medal aspirations.

026 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: A STAR OF SWIMMING…AND HOLLYWOOD
by John Lohn
The latest installment of our Takeoff to Tokyo series looks at the career of the legendary Johnny Weissmuller, one of the first stars in the sport, and then a Hollywood hero.

COACHING

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VALUE OF HAND FORCE ANALYSIS: PART IV—FREESTYLE
by Rod Havriluk
The first three articles in this series (Part I—Butterfly, Part II—Backstroke and Part III—Breaststroke) presented information about the value of using hand force analysis to reinforce positive technique elements and identify limitations. The current article includes more general information about force analysis with a freestyle example.

014 AEROBIC OVERLOAD: VOLUME REVISITED (Part 2)
by Michael J. Stott
Last month, Swimming World examined the role of volume in aquatic training. This month, some of America’s most successful swimmers share how volume shaped their development.

042 Q&A WITH COACH TOM JOHNSON
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN EMILY OVERHOLT AND MARKUS THORMEYER
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

011 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE NEED FOR STRENGTH
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

046 UP & COMERS: ZACH TOWER
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

010 THE OFFICIAL WORD

019 DID YOU KNOW? NO TO TOPLESS BATHING; HIGH DIVING; AND FIRST FULLY AUTOMATIC ELECTRONIC TIMING SYSTEM

029 2020 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

041 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT

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