Training to train

Building the Engine

For many years the way in which the body produces energy has been known. With adults, in short events i.e. less than 45 seconds in duration, energy is derived predominantly anaerobically (which literally means without oxygen). For longer events i.e. greater than 1 minute 30 seconds energy requirements are derived predominantly aerobically (requiring air). For events between 45 seconds and 1 minute 30 seconds energy is provided through both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. However, prior to puberty the greatest proportion of a young person’s energy is derived aerobically, therefore energy derived aerobically is very important in swimming.

There should be specific targets for each competition, with a view to learning basic tactics and mental preparation.

Towards the end of this stage, for girls preparation should be made for the development of strength, and for boys at the beginning of the next stage. The knowledge of how to warm up and cool down; how to stretch; how to optimise nutrition & hydration; mental preparation; how & when to taper and peak; pre-competition and post-competition routines.

Club sessions appropriate to this level:

  • Sunday 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Monday 7.00pm to 7.45pm
  • Tuesday 7.00am to 8.00am (by coach invitation)
  • Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Friday 6.30pm to 8.00pm (by coach invitation)