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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am not 100% convinced that yoga really helps my swimming, but I am 100% convinced that I feel MUCH better mentally and physically after it. Glad you enjoyed it.
    This is the first time I have done yoga and I guess in the back of my mind I had mental images of Will Ferrell doing yoga!! It was definitely not a Will Ferrell yoga session and I found it really good. In fact some of the hip related stretches in particular I felt my joints open up and at the end was able to reach much lower than the start. I hope the combination of flexibility and core will help my swimming but time will tell.

    Ever since I saw blades of glory I get a chuckle every time I see ice skating.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    Glad you enjoyed it!
    i was was a very good suggestion of Bill's to start with the beginners Yoga rather than jumping straight into power yoga. I really enjoyed the way she explained everything and in some cases actually showed us. She is unbelievably flexible and if I can be half as flexible it will help me.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
    I read somewhere recently (maybe Swimming World?) that Andrew Seliskar (couple years older than Andrews) does 30 x 25 burst SDK almost every practice. He has killer SDKs in short course. The fact that it's a kick set doesn't negate the neural patterning effect, IMO.
    Updated August 31st, 2014 at 10:59 AM by The Fortress
  4. pwb's Avatar
    I am not 100% convinced that yoga really helps my swimming, but I am 100% convinced that I feel MUCH better mentally and physically after it. Glad you enjoyed it.
  5. dhmartin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
    Yes, I've always felt, intuitively, that investing in kicking helps you close races and not die over multiple races.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
  8. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Glad you enjoyed it!
  9. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    ... Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
  10. dhmartin's Avatar
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    3600 yesterday and 4150 today. Who are you and what have you done with The Fortress?
    Ha! Even when doing strictly HIT, I sometimes get to 3500 or so because I do so much recovery swimming. It just didn't seem very satisfying to do a low yardage kick workout ... I also did read in swimswam recently that high volume kick sets can contribute to kick speed. I would never try that approach with swimming, but my kicking seems pretty fast lately. No worries, when I can do full stroke swimming, I will be back to my usual ways.

    When you are doing USRPT, do you do the full 30 x 25 or some lesser version of that?
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