Train like an Olympic medal is on the line
In swimming, as with most Olympic sports, there's no real offseason. So they’re rockin’ a beach body year round. Must be nice.
"Monday, Tuesday, and Fridays are two-a-days, which include one weight session in the morning, followed by a power workout in the water. Power workouts usually consist of short bursts of speed with equipment, such as fins and paddles," explains Ortiz-Cañavate, former NCAA champion for the University of Michigan. "Wednesday and Saturday mornings are race pace days. We simulate the effort of the race and try to improve on details in order to swim more efficiently during a race."
So five days a week of morning practice. Then there’s the afternoon.
Throughout the week, training sessions focus on different techniques for the athlete to improve upon. In swimming, practices might include aerobic exercises, speed development and endurance training, weight training, kick sets in the water, and recovery.
"On Mondays, we do aerobic work, in which our heart rate doesn’t go above 150 beats per minute. On Tuesday, we do speed development and endurance training, in which we work to find the optimum speed and stroke rate for each race, and build endurance."