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The Walk Up Warmup

posted December 16, 2008 @ 3:48 AM  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Technique, Tips, and Drills category

For those of us that need those long warm-ups with heart rate thrown in for good measure. It makes perfect sense to me...

~By Nate McBride

I read an article in early 08 which was actually a transcription of Chris Davis' speech at the ASCA World Clinic in 2007 (Chris is the founder of SwimAtlanta and is a true coach among coaches). In his speech he was discussing the training regimen of Amanda Weir. It was a great speech and one particular section caught my eye. Recently I referred to a section from this very speech in an article on Dynoswim but with reference to the shoe training that Amanda did to improve her kick. This time the part I am referring to here is a particular section on walkup warmups. Chris discusses a time block in the 500 that Amanda just could not overcome (being unable to break 4:52 no matter what they did). So Chris decided to break convention completely and had Amanda do 16 100's on 1:10 immediately before her race and then had her walk to up the blocks and go. She went a 4:46.

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