Larry Stoegbauer, a highly successful swimming strength coach, shows you an effective drill to reinforce the swimmer’s pattern for swimming at his or her faster than normal swim speed. The overspeed training technique shown in this segment creates overspeed, and not assisted swimming.
Stoegbauer uses two swimmers for this drill with one attached to the cord as the “rabbit” who sets the pace and the other swimmer who is in overspeed training. The “rabbit” is in the water at the far end of the pool with the elastic cord fully stretched while the swimmer is in start position on the deck above. On the coach’s command, the “rabbit” leaves the wall and is pulled across the pool swimming freestyle while the training swimmer dives in and drafts slightly behind the “rabbit,” swimming in the wake at a speed faster than normal.
Larry Stoegbauer, the strength coach for swimmers at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, has put together a drill that allows the coach and the swimmer to measure the progress and improvement in building strength and power for swimming.
The swimmer places a belt around his or her waist connected to a strap approximately the length of the pool with a bar bell weight of between 10 to 95 lbs. attached. The weight is placed in the deep end of the pool and the strap is curled around a backstroke start handle and out to the swimmer. The swimmer then sprints to the other end of the pool towing the weight across the pool bottom to the starting block. As the swimmer gains strength, the weight is increased.