Club Testing

The links on the left give the latest testing results collected over the last several months. The coaching staff will repeat these over the coming months to see how performance has improved.

What are the tests?

Lactate Tolerance
These sets are swum within 95 - 98% of a swimmers PB (personal best), they are on a work ratio of  1:5, and can only be done with swimmers who have gone through puberty.

This type of training should formulate only 5% of a cycle of training and can only be repeated after a minimum of 72 hours. Set distances are normally 50, 100 or 200 meters.

Starts and Turns
These are done to ascertain the swimmers ability to respond quickly at the start, covering maximum distance in the shortest space of time.

Turns testing is done to hopefully speed the swimmer through the actual turn, objective being in and out in the shortest space of time with the maximum speed carried through.

Wall Speed Testing
Again carried out to try and encourage the swimmer to speed through the turn, objective is to be in and out of the wall in under a second.

Basic Speed Testing
The greatest speed achieved without assistance, and without the interference of fatigue. It is tested by a time measurement of a maximum effort swim over a very short distance, i.e. unencumbered by fatigue, and with no influence of dive, push off or fixed finish.

Just to ascertain a speed over set distance, from a dive

VO2 Max
Volume Oxygen, swum at 90% of a PB, this should leave the swimmer totally shattered but without any aching muscles. The objective is to be able to maintain the swims at the set pace and every time they are carried out the swimmer should be able to go one stage further each time. Work ratio is 1:2, aim is to maintain and further enhance the swimmers oxygen capacity, in a hope of preventing O2 deficit.

Standard timed swims, at maximum effort, constant pace under normal training conditions, is one such measure of aerobic capacity.

Stroke Distance
This is simply the distance per length divide by number of strokes.