Our Tip of the Week special guest this week is Fernando Canales – Head Coach of the Puerto Rico Swimming Federation and Pitchfork Aquatics, member of the FINA Coaches Committee, and holder of a most impressive CV.
Fernando was previously Head Assistant at the University of Michigan, Head Coach of the University of California-Santa Cruz and Colgate University, as well as an Assistant to the French National Team (personal coach to World and Olympic Champion Yannick Agnel during the FINA World Championships 2013), and Technical Director to the Turkish Swimming Federation (gaining its best results with 2 semi-finalists in the FINA World Championships 2015).
With a focus on progressing athletes from Novice to National and International standard, Fernando is keen to implement new techniques for developing a strong National Team psychology.
His training tip for the week is on:
35–65-metre Long Course Speed Turns for 100-metre Races
The focus is to develop and choreograph the stroke technique/count, breathing pattern, race speed and navigational efficiency of each athlete during this crucial part of the race.
What to do
Line up at the 35-metre marker and race through the turn back to 65 metres. Practise and record 4–7 full-speed turns per session, 4 times per week.
Things to consider:
Watch Fernando’s Tip in action!