Singapore is rejoicing after hearing the news that Joseph Schooling defeated Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly race. The 21 year old Singaporean won the country’s first Olympic gold medal with a record of 50.39 seconds as Phelps placed second with a record of 51.14 seconds to earn the silver.
Schooling told reporters that it is a lot to take in and that it is not every day that you defeat your childhood idol at the Olympics. That is a dream come true indeed and a triumph. Let this be an inspiration for aspiring swimmers out there. If you really believe in the beauty of your dreams, work for it and claim it, the universe will surely give it.
Michael Phelps already made a name and this time, it is for Schooling. Before everything else, Schooling trained hard and good. If you are a beginner, do not worry because everyone started just like you. Being a good swimmer is not inborn, it is developed through training, hard work, discipline, patience and persistence.
The only problem that you could face is getting a personal swimming coach. Not all people can afford a personal swimming coach. If as of this moment you cannot afford one, you can get training plans if you research well. Here are some tips that can help you train like a swimming pro:
Warm up: Before anything else, you should know the importance of warm up. When you get to the deck, do arm rotations. This will help your body get ready for the swim. Dry-land swimming drills can also help. Do not forget your lower body and make sure it is geared up. After dry-land drills, it is time you start water warm-up. Example would be 200 meter swim then another 200 meter for kicks, 200 meter for pull and 200 meter swim again.
Drill sets: After warm-up, it is time to transition to your drill sets before fatigue sets it. The drill sets will get your arms moving plus increase your heart rate. A drill set should be a little faster than your warm up but not as difficult as the main set. Critical point – the rest and recovery period should not be longer than 15 seconds.
Main set: Now you are prepared for the main thing. Do not rest long, a one minute break will do. Your main set should include three goals to include distance or endurance, technique or strength and speed, sprinting and lactate threshold.
Cool down: It is easy to just hop out of the people after finishing the main set but that is not advisable. It is always best that you consider cool down. It doesn’t need to be long. Usually a short swim of 300 meters will do.