Training vs. Learning

This is a portion of a parent newsletter entry from John Leonard, American Swim Coaches Association President and swim coach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  This statement sums up my strategy as I coach young, emerging swimmers.

“Long practices, with high training volumes will make all swimmers VERY good at what they are doing. Repetition builds habit. Habit stands up beautifully under the pressure of competition…when in fact, nothing else does…..it becomes habit that the swimmer relies upon to get him home to the finish. Unfortunately, if they are practicing poor technique, that will be learned and habituated, just as well as good technique. And poor technique makes you bio-mechanically inefficient at the time of greatest stress. Hence you struggle more, go slower and your stroke collapses at the end of races. This makes swimming a technique limited sport. Your child will be severely limited by the degree with which they can perform the strokes with good habits, instead of poor habits. Lots of training with poor habits will make a very poor swimmer. A little training with good habits, will result in a good swimmer and one that is “unlimited” in their future. Which one do you want for your child?

Formación vs. Aprendizaje

Se trata de una porción de una entrada de boletín de los padres de John Leonard, Presidente de la Asociación de entrenadores nadar americano y entrenador de natación en Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Esta declaración resume mi estrategia como entrenador de nadadores jóvenes, emergentes.
“Prácticas de largo, con volúmenes de entrenamiento alta hará que todos los nadadores muy buenos en lo que están haciendo. La repetición crea el hábito. Hábito se levanta muy bien bajo la presión de la competencia… cuando en realidad, nada hace… se convierte en costumbre que el nadador se basa en conseguirlo inicio hasta el final. Por desgracia, si ellos están practicando técnica pobre, será aprendido y acostumbra, tan bien como buena técnica. Y técnica pobre te hace bio-mecánicamente ineficiente en el momento de mayor tensión. Por lo tanto, se lucha más, ir más lento y su carrera se derrumba al final de las carreras. Esto hace que la natación un deporte de técnica limitada. Su hijo estará severamente limitado por el grado con que pueden realizar los trazos con buenos hábitos, en vez de malos hábitos. Un montón de entrenamiento con malos hábitos hará que un nadador muy pobre. Un pequeño entrenamiento con buenos hábitos, resultará en un buen nadador y que es “ilimitado” en su futuro. ¿Que uno quiere para su hijo?

Juventud Deportes Filosofía

Cuando uno escucha a los mejores atletas (pros y universidad) hablan de sus experiencias con el deporte como niños, una charla mayoría sobre el número de los diferentes deportes que jugaron , algunos eran incluso dos o tres deportes atletas en la escuela secundaria. Es refrescante para conseguir un chico nuevo en el agua después de haber completado una temporada de fútbol de verano y están listos para una temporada de natación otoño. Ellos aprendieron más sobre: mover diferentes partes del cuerpo, trabajando con un estilo de entrenamiento diferente, al ser un compañero de equipo. Me gustaría ver a los deportes juveniles temporadas giran; completar una temporada de natación con un final de temporada se encuentran, salir y hacer otra temporada deportiva y volver y nadar de nuevo, y así sucesivamente … Los años de escuela intermedia finales se convierten en un buen momento para desarrollar las habilidades de distinción. A medida que crecen los jóvenes atletas saben nadar, me embarco en enseñar el arte de la natación excelencia. Comenzamos con la asistencia semanal , metas estacionales y apreciaciones personales diarias. Estas son habilidades para la excelencia en cualquier ámbito.

Youth Sports Philosophy

When you listen to the best athletes (pros and college) talk about their experiences with sport as kids, a majority talk about the number of different sports they played, some were even two or three-sport athletes in high school.  It is refreshing to get a kid back in the water after they have completed a summer soccer season and are ready for a fall swim season.  They learned more about: moving different parts of the body,  working with a different coaching style, being a teammate. I would like to see youth sports seasons rotate; complete a swim season with an end-of season meet, go off and do another sport season and come back and swim again, and so on… The late middle school years become a great time to develop the skills of distinction. As youth athlete-swimmers grow, I embark on teaching the artistry of  swimming excellence.  We begin with  weekly attendance, seasonal goals and daily personal assessments.  These are skills for excellence in any arena.

Ask The Dryland Coach

reprinted from USA Swimming’s Ask the Dryland Coach (By Mike Mejia, M.S, C.S.C.S) posts: The Five BEST Exercises –

The circuit I put together for you here looks like this:

*Note: the following workout is to be preceded by a full dynamic warm-up.

 

  • Plank: 30-40 second hold (add arm, or leg movement is able)
  • Stability Ball Reverse Flys: x 10-12 reps
  • Goblet Squats: x 10-12 reps
  • Stability Ball Russian Twists with Medicine Ball: x 12-16 reps
  • Push-up Plus x 10-12 reps
  • Rest 30-60 seconds and repeat 1-2 more times.

All in all, it should take you no longer than 20 minutes to go through two full circuits (including a complete dynamic warm-up). Doing that 2-3 times per week is something that should be able to fit in just about anybody’s schedule.

 

A clip about the number of swim practices ….

On Tuesdays, USA Swimming asks a National Team member 20 questions.  This Tuesday the 8th it was with NCAA Div 1 All-American and Univ. of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell. Question #15. Was it a big adjustment your freshman year?
Kelsi: My freshman year was so fun. I never got homesick my freshman year. Everything was so new and exciting. I just loved it. I had never done doubles before so that was a big adjustment. I hadn’t lifted weights before so that was a big adjustment. But the team was so awesome that there really wasn’t anything difficult about the transition….
 
Look at that folks, a National Team swimmer who didn’t start double practices until 18, who didn’t start lifting weights until 18. Hhmmmm, let’s think about this a little bit.
see you at the pool – coach g.