My brother goes to swim class. He is 11. He has to do 500y butterfly, 1000y freestyle, 750y breaststroke, 300y backstroke, and 250y sidestroke. They also get breaks, but the total number of minutes of breaks is about 2 total. Is this too much swim for an eleven year old?
The distances your brother is swimming are absolutely ridiculous. After coaching for 30 years, including having national age group record holders, I’d have NEVER had an 11 year old swim a 500 fly (unless it was for being late for practice … he he he).
In addition, swimming such long distances does NOT improve the races an 11 y.o. swims.
Although college swimmers swim long sets, the races they swim are also MUCH longer than an 11 year old’s races and a college swimmer might swim sets (relative to their ability compared to your brother) only a few days per week. Most coaches realize that you can get more benefit from swimming intervals (such as 10 x 50 instead of a 500).
Finally, for an 11 year old to swim long distances doing a stroke RUINS the kid’s stroke mechanics … especially for fly.
Whomever is having your brother do these swims is doing a DISSERVICE to your brother and all of those who swim for that teacher/coach.
on: 8th November 11