Championship Swim Training by Bill SweetenhamChampionship Swim Training by Bill Sweetenham

Championship Swim Training

byBill Sweetenham, John D. Atkinson

Paperback | August 19, 2003

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Whether you're a coach looking to build or supplement your program or a swimmer seeking to improve your technique and time, you'll benefit from swim coaching legend Bill Sweetenham's proven methods for improving performance in the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley.

Sweetenham has spent his career developing world-class swimmers—first for Australia, then for Hong Kong, and now for Great Britain. He engineered Australia's success at four Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games and has coached 63 top swimmers in international competitions to 27 Olympic and World Championship medals. Now, through Championship Swim Training, he and coauthor John Atkinson, a former national team coach in Australia and current national youth coach with British Swimming, provide the detailed plans and strategies to help all swimmers maximize their swimming potential.

Beginning with Sweetenham's five golden rules for swimming that apply to all swimmers—regardless of their background—Championship Swim Training is divided into two parts.

Part I, Technique Drills and Sets, deals with training zones and benchmark sets so critical to effective training and goal setting. Also included is a series of drill progressions and checklists that can be applied to each stroke and the individual medley. These progressions will help pinpoint stroke deficiencies and improve stroke technique as well as sculling, starts, turns, finishes, and kick and pull training. The checklists give swimmers and coaches tips for training and competition.

Part II, Workouts and Programs, is full of information for coaches to plan the long-term development of juniors through masters swimmers. Sample training sets are provided and can be customized to suit the level of that swimmer or squad. Part II also covers the critical tapering phase to get swimmers ready for competition and provides detailed racing strategies. Dryland conditioning suggestions help swimmers train all year round, whether in or out of the water. And no world-class coaching book would be complete without a chapter on how to completely and objectively evaluate your training program.

Championship Swim Training provides a complete roadmap for coaches and swimmers who want to follow a systematic and proven way to record-breaking times!

Bill Sweetenham was the coaching force behind Australia's success at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He was voted Australian Coach of the Year three times and has coached 63 swimmers in international competitions to 27 medals in four Olympics and seven World Championships. He spent more than 20 years coaching Australian swimmers to...
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Title:Championship Swim TrainingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:302 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.77 inShipping dimensions:11 × 8.5 × 0.77 inPublished:August 19, 2003Publisher:Human Kinetics, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0736045430

ISBN - 13:9780736045438

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Foreword: Ian ThorpeWhether you’re a coach looking to build or supplement your program or aswimmer seeking to improve your technique and time, you’ll benefit from swimcoaching legend Bill Sweetenham’s proven methods for improving performance inthe backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley.Sweetenham has spent his career developing world-class swimmers—first forAustralia, then for Hong Kong, and now for Great Britain. He engineeredAustralia’s success at four Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games and hascoached 63 top swimmers in international competitions to 27 Olympic and WorldChampionship medals. Now, through Championship Swim Training, he andcoauthor John Atkinson, a former national team coach in Australia and currentnational youth coach with British Swimming, provide the detailed plans andstrategies to help all swimmers maximize their swimming potential.Beginning with Sweetenham’s five golden rules for swimming that apply to allswimmers—regardless of their background—Championship Swim Training isdivided into two parts.Part I, Technique Drills and Sets, deals with training zones and benchmark setsso critical to effective training and goal setting. Also included is a series ofdrill progressions and checklists that can be applied to each stroke and theindividual medley. These progressions will help pinpoint stroke deficiencies andimprove stroke technique as well as sculling, starts, turns, finishes, and kickand pull training. The checklists give swimmers and coaches tips for trainingand competition.Part II, Workouts and Programs, is full of information for coaches to plan thelong-term development of juniors through masters swimmers. Sample training setsare provided and can be customized to suit the level of that swimmer or squad.Part II also covers the critical tapering phase to get swimmers ready forcompetition and provides detailed racing strategies. Dryland conditioningsuggestions help swimmers train all year round, whether in or out of the water.And no world-class coaching book would be complete without a chapter on how tocompletely and objectively evaluate your training program.Championship Swim Training provides a complete roadmap for coaches andswimmers who want to follow a systematic and proven way to record-breakingtimes!

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I Technique Drills and Sets
Chapter 1 Training Systems
Chapter 2 Benchmark Test Sets
Chapter 3 Drilling for Performance
Chapter 4 Butterfly
Chapter 5 Backstroke
Chapter 6 Breaststroke
Chapter 7 Freestyle
Chapter 8 Individual Medley
Chapter 9 Sculling
Chapter 10 Starts, Turns, and Finishes
Chapter 11 Kick and Pull Training

Part II Workouts and Programs
Chapter 12 Program Planning
Chapter 13 Training Zone Sets
Chapter 14 Tapering for Competition
Chapter 15 Dryland Conditioning
Chapter 16 Program Evaluation

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the authors

Editorial Reviews

Coach Bill Sweetenham, with his vast international experience, and John Atkinson, young and enterprising, share their well-thought-out philosophy on organizing, training, and preparing swimmers for high-level competition. I highly recommend this book to all coaches working with competitive swimmers the world over. Niels E. BouwsPresident, World Swimming Coaches Association Full of ideas and innovations, this is more than just another swim book—it's one of the best. Dive in and try it. You will learn a lot, I guarantee. Don TalbotHead coach, Australian swim team Championship Swim Training is a well organized and comprehensive description of all aspects of competitive swimming presented in meticulous detail. Any coach or swimmer who reads this book is assured of gaining valuable insight into the nuances of the sport. Dennis PursleyHead coach, Phoenix Swim ClubFrom American Swimming Coaches Association Provides a complete roadmap for coaches and swimmers who want to follow a systematic and proven way to record-breaking times!