Olympic Gold, 3 World Championship Golds & 4 Commonwealth Golds
"I STARTED CROSSFIT & AEROBIC CAPACITY WORK, I WAS HOOKED."
Your training included Olympic Lifting from a young age, would that be common to see OLY lifting in the Strength and Conditioning programming of a competitive swimmer?
I would say I was one of the first, one of the old school guys when I started with my S&C coach. People would joke saying I was more of a body builder than a swimmer. Training in the gym was about strength and power and explosiveness, and swim training back then was very much focussed more on endurance and time spent in the pool to increase fitness. That is changing and swimmers now take into consideration loading the central nervous system. There has been a huge change in swimmers now training across disciplines, and distances. Particularly in sprint swimmers - they are much more focused on maximum power and maximum strength training on land as opposed to in the pool, to gain advantage on the field. Adam Peaty has taken over from where I left off, in destroying the field in the beginning of the race, and we can credit the explosive weight training for that speed out the blocks.