Swim Set 10-04-2017

This weeks Swim set looks to work your pacing and endurance, making you feel the difference between a slower, maybe easy swim, and a faster effort.  We build from a nice easy base with longer rest into a the longer distances with shorter rest periods.  When you start...

Swim Set 04-04-2017

This weeks set is a copy of our squad set from a few weeks ago, which is based loosely on a Swim Smooth set that I have personally swum in the past. This session is designed to get you feeling the body position in your stroke, with lots of engagement of the core to...

Swim Set 13-03-2017

This weeks swim is going to focus on some key drill repeats to get your catch and pull mechanics toned up. For this weeks set we are only going to use four very focused key drills, alongside some repeated swims. You will need your pull buoys and fins at the ready,...

Swim Set 06-03-2017

This week we are swimming what we call a pyramid set, starting with a short distance and building up to longer swims, and then back down again.  This set is very simple, not much to remember as it is the same both sides of the pyramid.  At the height of the pyramid...

Swim Set 27-02-2017

This week we are swimming for time for most of the set.  The aim is to test our pacing skills swimming each timed section as a non tempo trainer set, and then to your CSS pace with a tempo trainer. This will give us a naked time, and a paced time (despite the name...

Swim Set 13-02-2017

This weeks swim set is back to focusing on our technique, and in particular the front of the stroke. This is a nice and simple technique set that aims to get you feeling the water, moving through a pattern of sculling and focused movement exercises to improve the...

Swim Set 06-02-2017

Distance to Sprint, test all your skills and mental endurance For this weeks swim set you will need to know your CSS time, we published a set to enable you to get this a few weeks ago. This is actually an extract from our 90minute Sunday Squad set.  It starts us off...

Swim Set 30-01-2017

Todays Blog post focused around the leg kick and our ideas around an effective leg kick for most athletes. So in todays swim set its our version of an effective kick set.  This is not all about power, but we are swimming with a mind set of balance, body position and...

i-Swam set 23-01-2017

This weeks set I-Swam Set is calle da ‘Big Bold Pyramid” set. We start and finish with some technique work to get us focused, in the middle is a nice pyramid to keep you occupied, with different paces and rest intervals.  Enjoy, its a tough one! Part 1 200...

i-Swam set 16-01-2017

Our Newsletter this week was talking about Monitoring your swim with CSS based training.  The first step to this is a CSS Benchmark to record your swim metrics, which can then be taken forward to help you in your training and monitoring. The I-Swam set below is a...

i-Swam set 09-01-2017

This I-Swam set is called ‘Oh So Simple’.  Don’t be fooled by its appearance, swam properly at the various speeds it is a beast of a set that will test both your mental and physical state.  Physically, the short bursts of speed and low rest will give...

South West Swim Pool Squads

*If you have arrived here from a Facebook or Email link please enjoy the read to get a comprehensive overview of what we do in our South West Swim Squads.  Our main pool squad page can be found here, where you can book your sessions or view upto date session time...

i-Swam set 29-07-2016

This i-Swam set is an open water focused set based loosely on a very popular set we delivered a few weeks ago, combining open water skills, pacing and technical swim skills. When we coach open water in the lake we use the lake as our pool, this saves the monotomy of...

Sasha Leigh – Sponsored Swimmer Update

Sasha Leigh – SWS Sponsored Swimmer 2016 Jason’s asked me to write a little intro and update as to what I’m doing and why. So here goes. It all started when I was diagnosed last year with multiple sclerosis. It was a shock, but it also explained some very weird...

The Washing Machine Effect

The Washing Machine Effect  – Swim Starts and Finishes for Open Water & Triathlon Swimming Jason Tait, South West Swim Coaching & Retail The start of a race is for some, the most daunting aspect of the race, a mass of bodies, arms and legs flailing...