Training for a sport can be boring and repetitive, and swimming is no different as the laps pile up. To spice things up a bit and hopefully increase performance, Pete Raykovich and Chris Michelmore have been using CrossFit with young athletes at De Anza Cupertino Aquatics.
Michelmore and Raykovich talk about how they’ve implemented CrossFit in their training program and how the athletes have responded to the intense dry-land workouts. Interestingly, athletes in what is primarily an individual sport enjoy the team atmosphere of CrossFit workouts, and their coaches believe CrossFit is helping the young swimmers increase speed, power and agility.
Additional reading: CrossFit Kids: Dryland Training for Young Swimmers by Kaitlin Lyons, published June 1, 2008.