oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Power systems: Implications for high-intensity swim training

Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Many coaches steadfastly believe that improvements in performance are directly related to the volume of work performed during training, and that a swimmer can only reach her/his full potential by undertaking extremely long and arduous training sessions. Competitive swimmers, for example, often train between two and four hours each day swimming up to 20,000 metres, with an energy expenditure exceeding 4,500 kcal/day.

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