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    Workout set definitions/acronyms

    I am looking at putting together a sheet for my new masters swimmers about all the different swimming terminology and acronyms coaches use on deck.

    I will start with a few.... Please add as many as you can and I will re-post what I put together.

    DPS - Distance per stroke

    Rev IMO - Reverse Individual Medley Order

    R Arm - Right Arm only

    L Arm - Left Arm only

    Inv K - Inverted Kick

    Alternate Breathe - breathing pattern that consist's of equal number of breath's on the left side as the right, typically done in threes, breathe left, stroke three times, breathe right, stroke three times, repeat.

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    The coaches on this workout forum each have an introduction that contains a lot of Workout set definitions/acronyms. Have you looked at these?

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    IMO--IM order
    FR--Freestyle
    BK--Backstroke
    BR--Breastroke
    Fly--Butterfly
    CH--Choice
    SW--Swim
    NB--No Breath
    D 1-4--Descend 1-4
    A 1-4--Ascend 1-4 (I like these sets)
    Alt.--Alternate
    HD--Hard
    SP--Sprint
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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    Hi all,

    May I know what does it mean when a workout says

    "400 swim, 250 Choice..."

    What's the difference?

    Thanks

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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    (Sigh)

    An acronym (lit. "short word") is a word made up of initial letter(s) of other words. There are very few acronyms in English. Here are some of the most common:

    snafu: situation normal, all fouled up
    scuba: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
    radar: radio detecting and ranging

    I have never seen an acronym used in a swimming context, although there might be one.

    There are lots of abbreviations, initialisms, and shorthand ways of writing things in swimming workouts:

    SDK: an initialism

    Helpful hint: if you can't pronounce it as a word, it is not an acronym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene View Post
    (Sigh)

    An acronym (lit. "short word") is a word made up of initial letter(s) of other words. There are very few acronyms in English. Here are some of the most common:

    snafu: situation normal, all fouled up
    scuba: self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
    radar: radio detecting and ranging

    I have never seen an acronym used in a swimming context, although there might be one.

    There are lots of abbreviations, initialisms, and shorthand ways of writing things in swimming workouts:

    SDK: an initialism

    Helpful hint: if you can't pronounce it as a word, it is not an acronym.
    The only acronym that I really ever use is SKIPS (Swim, Kick, IM, Pull, Swim).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lure_Angler View Post
    Hi all,

    May I know what does it mean when a workout says

    "400 swim, 250 Choice..."

    What's the difference?

    Thanks
    Typically for my practices, "swim" means freestyle swim and choice is your choice of stroke other than freestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typhoons Coach View Post
    Typically for my practices, "swim" means freestyle swim and choice is your choice of stroke other than freestyle.
    You always need to get clarification on "choice": I've had it mean anything but free or anything, including free, with "stroke" meaning free-free. In warmup, I would assume it included drill and pull unless told otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by some_girl View Post
    You always need to get clarification on "choice": I've had it mean anything but free or anything, including free, with "stroke" meaning free-free. In warmup, I would assume it included drill and pull unless told otherwise.
    I agree with regard to the clarification! In warm up, I try to stay away from drills though kick and pull are fine for choice...
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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    Alright typhoon,

    thanks a lot.

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    SDK = Streamline Dolphin Kick aka underwaters

    when UT's women coaches give a set they say ___ DK
    like 3 DK which means 3 dolphin kicks off each wall

    phelps slow motion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9eDAQxL5cA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ZwLZNEtR0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym_ks0aHkCE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQY15xFu4B4
    Last edited by ande; December 20th, 2008 at 06:37 PM.

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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    Some workout posted here and other places say, for instance, 75 kick/drill/swim. In this case, what does "drill" mean???

    Also have a question about what "descend" and "ascend" mean in workouts.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by berddog View Post
    Some workout posted here and other places say, for instance, 75 kick/drill/swim. In this case, what does "drill" mean???

    Also have a question about what "descend" and "ascend" mean in workouts.

    Thanks for any help!
    Drill means that you do a stroke drill instead of a swim.

    Descend means that you increase your speed as you go through the set, meaning that your time should be faster than the one before it. Ascend means that you decrease your speed as you go through the set. Each repeat should be slower than the one before it.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEWebb18 View Post
    Drill means that you do a stroke drill instead of a swim.

    Descend means that you increase your speed as you go through the set, meaning that your time should be faster than the one before it. Ascend means that you decrease your speed as you go through the set. Each repeat should be slower than the one before it.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks Katie, but what are "drills" for freestyle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berddog View Post
    Thanks Katie, but what are "drills" for freestyle?
    You can pick a drill to work on a specific part of your stroke. I prefer the catch up drill and the fingertip drag drill. You can google some freestyle swim drills and watch the videos to find some that you like. Sometimes the workouts will specify which drills to do.

    Kris Houchens says that these are her freestyle swim drills from Opportunities for Greatness.
    100 Free Drill Cycle
    25 – Fist Drill. Swim freestyle with hands in fists. Work on holding onto the water with the wrist and forearm. Focus on high elbow during pull phase.
    2 x 25 – One Arm Drill Swim with one arm only.
    1) Non–working arm can be at the side (requires more core strength) breathing to the opposite side of the arm working. Try to hold the working arm in the streamline position for 6 kicks before stroking to emphasis timing. Rotate hips, navel, and shoulders all together with arm pull. Should roll completely from one side to the other than back again during one stroke cycle.
    2) Non–working arm can be in streamline position for beginners with balance problems. Breathing to the working arm side. Focus on arm strength and position of arm/hand for the catch.
    25 – Full Stroke Freestyle. Thinking about good technique.

    Hope this helps to get you started on doing some good drills.

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    Thanks a ton... Finger tip drag, count strokes, head out of water (Tarzan), one arm, catch-up, it's coming back to me now....

    Thanks

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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    As Rob noted, there are a number of practice over view explanations in the workout section of this site. Those have a lot of terms defined and a lot of abbreviations defined. The most important things to remember:
    * use terms that fit into the teaching and workout mix you choose to provide

    * use words or abbreviations that help you and your swimmers read the instructions clearly and fairly quickly (versus long narratives with sentences)

    * as long as you use the terms fairly consistently (verbally and in writing) so your swimmers can grasp what they mean things will run smoothly

    have fun.
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    Re: Workout set definitions/acronyms

    How about these acronyms?

    C - Creating
    O - Optimistic
    A - Attitudes
    C - Changing
    H - Habits

    S - Stretching
    W - Water
    I - Into
    M - Motion

    C - Challenging
    O - Obstacles
    M - Motivating
    P - Personal
    E - Energy
    T - Towards
    I - Individual
    T - Training
    I - Intelligently
    O - Overcoming
    N - Negativity

    D – Daring
    R – Reason
    E – Engaging
    A – Awareness
    M – Manifesting
    S – Significance

    L – Longing
    O – Openly
    V – Valuing
    E – Equally

    M – Materializing
    I – Ideas
    N – Needing
    D – Dimension

    H – Helping
    O – Open
    P – Perspectives
    E – Endure

    B – Being
    E – Entirely
    L – Level
    I – Including
    E – Experienced
    V – Verifiable
    E – Expectations

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    Nice list. Nice word play. Have a great day.
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    SIMW = sleep in miss workout
    SADGI = stand around don't get in
    SOWAW = sit on wall and whine
    GOEFC = get out early for coffee
    DTGF = don't train get fat
    RTTLS = real triathletes train like swimmers
    OLSB = only losers swim breastroke
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