Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can you increase speed without increasing power?  Yes, and no.  Or rather, it depends.  To explain why the answer could be yes and it could be no, let’s look at the speed equation: Stroke Length x Stroke Rate = Speed (Velocity) In terms of training in the pool,...
The Speed You Must Earn

The Speed You Must Earn

This is a continuation of thoughts from Going Beyond Easy Speed. There are some ‘easy’ breakthroughs in speed which come from that initial – and usually radical – improvement in body shape and movement control. But the other way to appreciate...
A Sprint Improvement Project

A Sprint Improvement Project

Since I am back in Oregon USA and back to the short 25 yard pool, my interest has been drawn back to short distance work for these winter and spring months, until open water season arrives again. In Antalya I enjoyed year-round sea swimming, but I am now back to a...
Swimmer Speed Curve – Part 2

Swimmer Speed Curve – Part 2

This is a continuation of Swimmer Speed Curve Part 1… In this diagram we see two swimmer speed curves. The further to the right the curve, the faster the swimmer is going. They both curve upward as the swimmer applies more power, and eventually reaches an...
Intro to Pace Combinations

Intro to Pace Combinations

A question from a friend about Pace Combinations made me realize that I have referred to Pace or SPL x Tempo Combinations several times without really laying out a direct introduction to it. So this essay is meant to give a brief explanation for Pace Combinations and...