We are stoked to have international swimming coach Gennadi Touretski I Геннадий Турецкий as an ambassador for SwimAnalyzer 1.0! If you are interested in seeing how he uses the app with his athletes in training and competition, check out his brief review below, or here on his Facebook page.
“I would like to introduce you to an excellent training app that I used to prepare my swimmers for the Rio Olympic Games, which is called SwimAnalyzer 1.0. There are three components to this app, all of which I think are very useful and work well together during training.
The first feature I will tell you about is the Training Table, because I think it has immense value in developing the skill, technique, and physiological capacity of all swimmers regardless of their level. The Training Table provides prognostic speeds for all levels of intensity, across 7 training zones, with a range in times that allows flexibility for the training phase, and for improvement. The prognostic speeds give a great insight to coaches on many different aspects of the session. First, you are able to determine the intensity that athletes are swimming the set with, and in which zones they are doing the most volume. Second, it can help to correct the training speeds previously prescribed if they are not in accordance with the physiological goal of the session. Importantly, also giving an overview of the broad range in times from aerobic 1 to speed work. Third, you can use the prognostic speeds to design your session for a specific goal, for example to calculate race pace. The best thing about the prognostic speeds is that you can make the same session individualized for all athletes, as it is based on their own specific goal time. I also like using the Training Table to develop the stroke technique of my athletes by focusing on stroke efficiency, using the stroke counts per lap together with the prognostic times, generally in the aerobic zones. This places the emphasis on speed with efficient and powerful strokes.
SwimAnalyzer also allows you to create a model of the race for competition, by using the Race Model generator. The model gives a good picture overall of how the race should be swum, and provides the specific details in terms of speed and stroke mechanics. These can be used to guide training sessions to make sure you are reaching the target times, for example the 15m start, and of course can be used in conjunction with the Training Tables. Using the two together should provide the guidelines for your training program and allow you to easily assess you swimmer’s ability and progress regularly in training. When I developed the race goals and training tables for my athletes their performances improved, with most swimming personal best times and Olympic standards, regardless of whether they were first-time or triple Olympians (e.g. Andrey Grechin (RUS), Sasha Touretski (SUI), Artsyom Machekin (BLR), Svenja Stoffel (SUI)).
Finally, SwimAnalyzer 1.0 provides a good assessment and analysis tool with the Race Analysis feature. During the preparation for Olympic qualification and the Olympics, we used the Race Analysis function in training when the athletes performed stand-up time trials. The app showed us the video right away, so I could watch the race again with the athletes and give feedback, we could discuss the race data, and they could perform again with more information. Of course, the Race Analysis tool is most important at the competition, to film and analyze my swimmers’ performances, and be able to see the race data, which I could discuss with them after the race when we watched the video. We could use this data to discuss our strategy for the next race, and even to make a new Race Model which reflected our new goal.
The most important thing about SwimAnalyzer is that it can be used like this for elite athletes, but it can also be used for the young athletes, to teach them good technique from a young age. If a young athlete has good technique, then they are in a good stage to be able to develop speed as they grow older and increase their strength. I think the principles of the app can also help to inform and educate younger and less experienced coaches on training prescription, to properly develop the athletes’ physiology, and learn to plan training programs that develop athletes as well as achieve goals.
These are my thoughts on its benefits, which I hope has given you a better idea of its potential to improve your swimmers’ performances, at every stage of their development.”
How do you use SwimAnalyzer 1.0 in training and competition? Is there something you do differently? Feel free to share in the comments below.