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Stamford, CT

Past Clinic: Speed and Power Swim Camp

Sat, Aug, 21 2021 - Sun, Nov, 28 2021

Chelsea Piers Aquatic Center
1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902

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Past Clinic

Introduction

We are returning to Chelsea Piers on the weekend after Thanksgiving to work on developing your swimmer's overall speed and power in the water across all strokes!

There are 3 available groups for this camp. Each group is based on swimmers' 100 freestyle times. 

Group A: 100 yd Freestyle – Boys 59 and faster, Girls 1:02 and faster
Group B: 100 yd Freestyle – Boys 1:00-1:11, Girls 1:03-1:11
Group C: 100 yd Freestyle – 1:12 and over

Group A:  Elite Speed & Power Camp
---> Nov 27: Generating Power!
---> Nov 28: Creating and Maintaining Speed!

Group B & C:  Sprinting and Fast 50’s Camp
---> Nov 27: Establishing Speed
---> Nov 28: Racing Skills

Scroll down for details on the curriculum for each camp!

Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience! 

Session times (both days):
Group A: Check in 8:30 AM, Clinic 8:45 AM-11:15 AM
Group B: Check in 11:45 AM, Clinic 12 PM-2:30 PM
Group C: Check in 3 PM, Clinic 3:15 PM-5:15 PM

Suggested Participants

November Group time standards:
-Group A: 100 yd Freestyle - Boys 59 and faster, Girls 1:02 and faster
-Group B: 100 yd Freestyle - Boys 1:00-1:11, Girls 1:03-1:11
-Group C: 100 yd Freestyle - 1:12 and over

Curriculum

Elite Speed & Power Camp (Group A) - November 27 & 28, 2021

Due to the advanced concepts covered in this camp, this camp is exclusively for swimmers in Group A. Swimming fast requires good technique, efficiency, power, and a hard working athlete. Elite swimmers are always working on this. At the Elite Speed and Power Camp, participants will advance their skills that apply to fast swimming in every stroke.

    DAY 1 - GENERATING POWER! (Nov 27)

    Developing power will help your swimmer be more efficient and stronger in the water! To strengthen swimming specific movements, Olympic Gold Medalist Joao De Lucca will work with participants on improving power in their strokes, using resistance training and dynamic warm-ups to their advantage.

    • GEAR TO BRING WITH YOU!: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
    • DYNAMIC WARM-UP: In order to go fast, you need to be warm! The clinicians will take participants through a combination of light cardio exercises and dynamic stretches to get the blood flowing to the muscles and loosen joints in preparation to SWIM FAST! Remember: Bring your Gym Shoes!
    • ESTABLISHING YOUR CATCH TO MAXIMIZE POWER IN YOUR STROKE: The only way to generate maximum power in your stroke is by “holding” as much water as possible. That process begins with “your catch” at the top of every stroke. At this camp Joao De Lucca will work with you to ensure you are grabbing onto and holding water throughout your stroke.
    • RESISTANCE TRAINING: Resistance is an excellent method of building power - especially in the water. It also helps to expose areas within your technique that can be strengthened. Joao De Lucca will take your swimmer through resistance training methods! Properly swimming with hand paddles and a T-shirt will add resistance and develop power! Remember: Bring a t-shirt to swim in and your hand paddles!

    DAY 2 - CREATING & MAINTAINING SPEED! (Nov 28)

    On Day 1 participants swam slower than they normally swim because of the resistance we added to establish a “powerful stroke”. Today is about swimming FASTER than you normally swim with assistance from fins and paddles. Your swimmer is going to learn how to swim at top speeds while continuing to leverage the powerful stroke that we worked on the day before!

    • GEAR TO BRING WITH YOU!: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
    • “OVERSPEED TRAINING”: Practice how to swim with good technique at speeds faster than you’ll ever go in a race with the assistance of fins and paddles. We will utilize overspeed drills in and out of turns, in their breakouts and finishes. Remember: Bring your fins and hand paddles!
    • TEMPO & DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Improving technique to decrease the number of strokes your swimmer takes will enable them to go further faster - that’s when times DROP!
    • MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE THROUGH FATIGUE: When swimmers get tired, their technique can break down. We are going to work with participants on how to handle fatigue. Competitive swimmers who focus on technique through fatigue in practice and in races reap the rewards of faster times.
    • SPEED SET: At the end of this session your swimmer will do a short and fast swim set to practice everything they have learned over the past two days.
    Sprinting Fast 50’s (Groups B & C) - November 27 & 28, 2021

    Now is the time for young swimmers to establish and cultivate habits to swim their shorter races as fast as possible with good technique that will position them for success as they mature.

      Day 1 - Establishing Speed (Nov 27)

      At this session your swimmer will practice the essential components to high performance sprinting.

      • BODY POSITION: A competitive swimmer’s body position is the key to fast swimming. Most swimmers are NOT hydrodynamic in the water - and that has a big effect on how fast they “allow” themselves to swim - especially as they get older. Let’s find the right body position for your swimmer.
      • LENGTH OF STROKE: Lengthening their stroke will enable your swimmer to “catch” and hold onto more water to propel them as they swim. Whereas a short stroke is inefficient and not sustainable for very long. The clinicians will work with participants on this important skill for fast swimming.
      • TEMPO: When sprinting short races young swimmers often tend to take too many strokes (“spin their wheels”) and not “hold onto the water”. At this camp we will find the appropriate tempo to maximize their own personal speed.
      • SPRINTING APPLICATION: Apply the skills you learned today to swimming “all out” on top of the water with efficiency and power. As with all the other segments of this camp, Joao De Lucca will provide feedback for your swimmer to take home and apply at upcoming practices and meets.

      Day 2 - Racing Skills (Nov 28)

      On Day 2, your swimmer will apply the skills that we practiced on the first day of this camp to important segments of every sprint race, including the moment your swimmer pushes off the wall; breakouts; finishes and all out sprinting!

      • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate to explode into each lap.
      • SPRINTING APPLICATION: On Day 1 your swimmer worked on body position, tempo and length of stroke. Today we are going to apply those skills to swimming “all out” on top of the water with efficiency and power.
      • WALLS, WALLS, WALLS!: Approaching the wall at top speed in preparation for the fastest turn is vital. Swimmers will work on techniques to get in and out of every wall faster!
      • FINISHES: Dropping time and even winning or moving up a few spots in the results can all come down to the last stroke! A well-timed finish at full speed, with full-arm extension and head down can make a difference of up to a full second in a race! Your swimmer is going to learn how to take advantage of the finish to drop time!
      • SPRINTING APPLICATION: Swimmers at this session will work on applying their newly developed skills during racing scenarios. As with all the other segments of this camp, the clinicians will provide feedback for your swimmer to take home and apply at upcoming practices and meets.

      ASK QUESTIONS

      Swimmers and parents are invited to ask their clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

      WATCH THE CLINICIANS

      Observe your clinicians swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.

      PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST

      Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to your top speed with some of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

      Take a photo with the clinicians, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Swim Cap!

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