Coaching Plan 2020!

*New* Coordinated Coaching Plan!

2020 offers us a new year a new decade and new coaching plan! 

As an effort to increase the quality of coaching and meet the needs of our swimmers we are excited to announce that we have developed a coordinated coaching plan  for South Davis Masters!  

Why a coordinated coaching plan?

In September of 2019, we collected surveys from the team members to see how we as coaches can serve each of the members better.

From practice times changes to ideas of what works best for each swimmer – we have listened and are changing some coaching methods that we feel will help each swimmer reach their individual goals within the team setting. While some ideas are still in the works, one we have begun to implement is the Coordinated Coaching Plan. 

Many expressed their appreciation for the effort in coaching, but wanted to get a little more feedback and overall a more structured training plan. We want to provide the highest quality workout for all of our swimmers and have coordinated with each South Davis coach to provide workouts that fit together and will provide a framework for stronger, faster swimmers.  If you are a triathlete, a fitness swimmer or a swimmer who wants to compete- this training plan will help you get closer to your goal!

A Year of Swim Events!

The development process of the Coordinated Coaching Plan began with considering the many events our swimmers participate in each year. From the various swim meets, open water events and Utah triathlons, we considered each week and the timing leading up to each event. You will see appropriate workout loads and intensities that relate to each event and find that it will fit most athletes schedules. 


What do you need to do to participate?

Simply come swim! Each workout by our SDM coaches will be based on that week’s goals.

When you refer to the  Coordinated Coaching Plan you will see there are specific periods for endurance, stroke and speed focuses as well as yardage estimates. There are also periods of taper, rest and technique. 

We ask that swimmers be willing to try new things and  deviate a little from their areas of comfort. 


This is your 2020 Challenge

This is where you don’t shy away- we will modify each workout for each beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmer but this is our challenge to you. Try it, work hard and see the results! Following a year-long training plan will allow you to break through any plateau you may be on and help you to bring it to the next level. Even if you are just getting back to it, this plan will help guide you to your fitness goals! 

SDM Goal Setting!

Setting goals can help create a long-term vision and give purpose and meaning to your daily workouts. 

Starting this month, we are beginning to set and track swimming goals as a team. We have created a group spreadsheet where swimmers can track and update goals and coaches can communicate and help swimmers with their goals. 

Adding  goals to the spreadsheet:

1. Duplicate an existing tab by right-click and select ‘duplicate’. 

2. Rename the tab with your name. 

3. Delete the existing goals and fill out the sheet with your own. 

A SDM coach will follow up with you on your progress and give you some resources and comments to help you in your efforts. 


Critical Swim Speed Test RESULTS!

June 2018

We have the results of our beginning of summer CSS Test! The Critical Swim Speed test is a great measure of swimming performance and will help tailor interval workouts to improve your overall speed! 

This test will help identify where your lactate threshold is and allow you to train to your abilities, which will overtime and good training sessions increase. 

Underwater Filming!

Saturday August 19, 2017

Our own Russ Walter has generously offered to do some underwater filming! Come to practice this Saturday at 6am to have a good workout and some underwater filming done! Come and SEE what you are missing! 



3 Reasons To Film your Swim

1.  See weaknesses in your stroke. 

This is the primary reason most seek out coaching and video analysis. If you can see something you are doing, your mind can begin to process the connection to what that feels like in the water. Many times, things feel ‘normal’ or even ‘good’ in the water but when it is caught on on video, you may begin to feel differently. 

3.  Catch opportunities for more POWER! 

Ever feel like your arms are just spinning? Some times that because you just did 200 yards of pulling and now you are attempting to sprint without paddles. Other times and most often, we find ourselves inefficiently moving through the water because we are not paying attention to the all so important catch or power phase of our stroke.  

When you can see yourself under the water, you will be able to see and analyze ( with your eyes at least) what you can do to create more power. 


2.  Become aware of YOUR body positioning. 

I remember watching in the 1996 Olympics a then 14-year-old Amanda Beard racing breaststroke in in a way you have never imagined a body to move. She was so high above the water, almost appearing going vertical with every stroke.

I also remember going to the pool and attempting moving my body just like she did. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t move my body in the same way. I had a great coach that saw my struggle and explained to me that my body is just that, mine! She helped me custom-fit my breaststroke to me. It helped, a lot. 

By being aware of your own position in the water and knowing your own body, you will be able to create more efficiency and power with every stroke. 

We are not too fancy at the Rec Center with our GoPro, but with some good footage and analysis you will be off and swimming faster and better!