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Saturday Swim Sessions: Week 8 Swim Fitness Builder

The Swim Fitness Builder (SFB) is an eight week training plan to build fitness for a swimmer currently confident swimming about 600-800m to be able to swim 1,600m confidently in a session. This is the final week of the training plan. I am providing the workouts from the training plan for FREE, through my website. If you’d like them as a training plan on TrainingPeaks, there is a link to purchase that towards the end of the article.

Normally each week I will load three options up for you to do. 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. This will resume next Saturday.

Spread the following sessions through the week. If you only have time to include two swim session, utilise the first two workouts. If you only have time to include three swim session, utilise the first three workouts. Spread them evenly through the week, eg:

  • 4 sessions Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday;
  • 3 Sessions Monday, Wednesday, Friday;
  • 2 Sessions Monday, Thursday or Monday, Friday

Check out last weeks article for the previous weeks worth of workouts:

Session 29

  • 200m W/U;
  • 10x 100m Swim, 15sec RI;
  • 200m C/D (1,400m)

For the Warm Up (WU) start with a 200m swim. During the warm up feel free to stop and stretch as needed.  It doesn’t need to be a continuous swim.

The main set is made up of ten, 100m repetitions. Swim them at a pace you can maintain for all reps. Take a fifteen second Rest Interval (RI) after each rep.

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.

Session 30

  • 400m W/U;
  • 4x 50m Drill/Swim;
  • 2x 400m Swim 60sec RI;
  • 200m C/D (1,600m)

For the Warm Up (WU) start with a 400m swim. 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 set. There are twelve, 50m repetitions made up of 25m Drill, then straight into 25m normal swimming. Feel free to use fins whilst doing this set.  Do the drills below:

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

The main set is made up of two, 400m repetitions. Swim them at a pace you can maintain for both reps. Take a sixty second Rest Interval (RI) between each rep.

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.

Session 31

  • 200m W/U;
  • 8x 25m Drill;
  • 16x 50m Swim, 15sec RI;
  • 200m C/D (1,400m)

For the Warm Up (WU) start with a 200m swim. 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 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

The main set is made up of sixteen, 50m repetitions. Swim them at a pace you can maintain for all reps. Take a fifteen second Rest Interval (RI) after each rep.

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.

Session 32

  • 300m W/U;
  • 4x 25m Drill;
  • 5x 200m Swim, 30sec RI;
  • 200m C/D (1,600m)

For the Warm Up (WU) start with a 300m swim. 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 set. There are four, 25m repetitions. Feel free to use fins whilst doing this set. Do the drills below:

The main set is made up of five, 200m repetitions. Swim them at a pace you can maintain for all reps. Take a 30 second Rest Interval (RI) after each rep.

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.

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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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