Swim Session

Saturday Swim Session: Cameron McEvoy – The Hardest Sets Ever #2 For Mortals

Com Games Gold medalist & Olympic Bronze medalist, Cameron McEvoy has swum some tough sets during his career, over the next few weeks I’m going expose you to a number of his toughest training sets (and variations for mere mortals).

Rather than the normal structure I publish each Saturday being a three different workout options. Option A is for swimmers who are after a workout between 1,000 & 2,000 metres. Option B is for swimmers who are after a workout between 2,000 & 3,000m and Option C will be greater than 3,000m.

The inspiration for today’s workout comes from an article by Olivier Poirier-Leroy at YourSwimLog.com, you can read the full article here.

Option A

  • 200m WU;
  • 8x 25m Drill;
  • 500m 60sec RI;
  • 5x 100m 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (1,600m)

Option B

  • 400m WU;
  • 8x 25m Drill;
  • 2x
    • 500m 60sec RI;
    • 5x 100m 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (2,800m)

Option C

  • 400m WU;
  • 8x 25m Drill;
  • 3x
    • 500m 60sec RI;
    • 5x 100m 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (3,800m)

Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) covering 200m (Option A) or 400m (Options B & C). During the warm up feel free to stop and stretch as needed.  It doesn’t need to be a continuous swim.

Next up is a drill/swim set. There are eight 25m repetitions. Feel free to use fins whilst doing this set.  Do the drills below twice through:

  1. Kick On Side (KOS) left side 
  2. Kick On Side (KOS) right side 
  3. 6/1/6 
  4. 6/3/6

I wrote an article about swimming drills previously. Click here to read and watch it.

The Main Set is made up of one (Option A), two (Option B) or three (Option C) sets. Each set is made up of a 500m swim with a 60 second Rest Interval (RI). This is then followed by five, 100m reps which are followed by a 20sec Rest Interval (RI). Option A moves to the Cool Down (CD), Options B & C repeat to complete the required number of sets.

For the Cool Down (CD) swim 200m. Unlike the previous sets which have to be freestyle, the cool down (like the warm up) can be any stroke you wish to swim.  You can also stop and rest after any length.  I encourage you to stop and stretch during the cool down.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi Coaching.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729.

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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published 12 months ago.

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