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How Swim Training Programs Work


JackRabbit Swim Training
JackRabbit swim training includes open water triathlon practice.
JackRabbit swim training includes open water triathlon practice.
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Triathlete Lee Silverman opened JackRabbit Sports in 2003 in Brooklyn, New York, and this swim training is especially geared towards triathletes. JackRabbit sold triathlon apparel, but Silverman and his staff noticed that lots of customers were asking for help with their training. There wasn't much training out there that really put swimming, biking and running together, and JackRabbit responded to this demand. The company started offering classes in running and swimming and opened two more branches in New York City [source: JackRabbit Sport, Inc].

JackRabbit swim training is perfect for triathlete swimmers. Although about half of the swimmers in JackRabbit classes are triathletes (or want to be), non-triathlete swimmers are also welcome and can gain useful skills from this training. Dedicated to helping swimmers improve their times, JackRabbit training focuses on the freestyle, or crawl stroke, that triathlon swimmers use. The swim training has three main levels:

  1. Learn efficient technique
  2. Develop technique and endurance
  3. Increase endurance and speed

JackRabbit is right for triathletes, swimmers thinking of trying a triathlon and swimmers who want to improve their speed, efficiency and endurance in freestyle swimming. This training doesn't introduce non-swimmers to the water. Instead, it takes people who are already comfortable in the water and trains them to step up their game [source: JackRabbit Sport, Inc].

Swimmers improve their skill through work in groups with triathlete swim coaches and work in the pool in small groups with others of a similar skill level. JackRabbit also offers several open-water swim workshops during warm weather to give triathletes essential practice in a natural environment. Swimmers learn many triathlon swimming techniques, including the following:

  • To sight (look where they're swimming)
  • To use outdoor landmarks to track progress
  • To swim in a straight line in open water
  • To deal with waves
  • To "draft" like racecar drivers do
  • To signal for help
  • To stay relaxed

[source: Oldiges]

Swimmers often participate in triathlons, and JackRabbit offers indoor triathlons during the cold time of year. Indoor triathlons are competitions that use the pool, treadmills and stationary bikes to make a triathlon course inside. These give New York area triathletes the chance to keep competing without fighting the cold. Indoor triathlons also give new triathletes the chance to get their feet wet, so to speak, in the sport before taking it outdoors [source: Oldiges]. As of 2010, a 10-week indoor training course costs $200, and a 1-day outdoor swim workshop costs $55.


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