Turn your limitations into championships! As Sam Freas puts it, "The art of coaching is to make the best of what you have."
Coach Freas started the swimming program at Oklahoma Baptist in 2012. In their first season of competition, Oklahoma Baptist men finished with four NAIA records and a National Championship and the women finished with two event championships and were national runners-up. In three years, the men have wone back-to-back-to-back NAIA Championships, while the women have won two national titles (2014 and 2012).
In this instructional swimming DVD, legendary coach Sam Freas gives you unfiltered access to all aspects of his program, including dry-land training, pool training, mental training, and work in the weight room. Watch as Freas takes you through 3 days of live practices featuring his morning and afternoon routine and showing how he has achieved world-class success both in and out of the water.
IN THE POOLThroughout both morning and afternoon workouts, Freas emphasizes that good technique is the key to fast swimming. Some of the skills he highlights include:
Freas has his swimmers demonstrate drills on these topics and speak individually about how implementing small changes has dramatically improved their meet performance. His emphasis on proper body position, speed, quickness, and reduced reaction time is highlighted during his explanations, demonstrations and drill work with swimmers. In addition, his use of pulse rate of recovery rather than time intervals for swimming (and dryland exercise) is unique.
DRYLAND TRAININGFreas takes you through his philosophies on stretching and flexibility, weight training, aerobic warm-ups, and reaction drills. He stresses the importance of incorporating each of these into a swimmer's daily routine to avoid injury and fatigue, lessen lactate buildup, and maximize meet performance. His programs emphasize both aerobic benefit and explosive contraction. This is important because drylands often neglect aerobic work and only include slow contraction, rather than explosive movement and speed of contraction which are needed for swimming success. Swimmers work individually, partnered, and as a group to demonstrate the effectiveness of these skills. Freas provides great strategies to take advantage of dry land and the weight room as a supplement to pool work to optimize a limited facility.
In addition to his focus on proper technique, Freas gives you insight on communicating with athletes at all levels. He discusses the importance of motivational "mental coaching" and how through positive speech and image you can prepare their swimmers to consistently perform at an elite level. The segments from his team meetings provide a wealth of information on how to communicate with a large group of athletes. By incorporating these tools into his programs at Arkansas and LSU, Freas's swimmers achieved seven US records and three world records.
Freas's experience and success in the world of swimming has enabled the Bison to develop a strong swim team with world-class athletes in their first year of NCAA swimming and diving. Coaches building a new program or looking to improve their current program will benefit from his guidance through three days of exemplary workouts and drills.
342 minutes (3 DVDs). 2012.
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