Long Beach Swim Club "Beach" has a long tradition of producing great swimmers and olympians. We have run the gamut from being a huge conglomerate with satellites ranging from Newport Harbor to Long Beach. Conversely, Beach has been a small club producing many great athletes that go on and swim in college and achieve olympic trial status. We are the only small USA swim team program that has had 4 Olympic Trial qualifiers.
Long Beach Swim Club is a competitive swim team
Long Beach Swim Club "Beach" is not a high yardage club. It is a club that focuses on individual talents and creates a specialty program that causes dramatic athletic improvements. Beach uses dryland as a means of increasing strength-to-weight ratio, developing core strength, and preventing injuries. This method of crosstraining produces a better athlete as a whole. It also provides great variety in daily workouts. Drill work and fast swimming are the backbone of the water time.
We train five days per week (Monday-Friday) year-round at the Belmont Olympic Pool. Training is a combination of dryland cross training and swimming drills. Workouts are scientifically based upon energy system analysis.
Swimmers age 4 and up are welcome to join. Swimmers must know the 2 basic strokes (freestyle, back) and must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping. It is recommended that swimmers attend a minimum of 3 training sessions per week to gain the full benefit of the Beach program. Beach participates in swim meets and we encourage each swimmer to compete, although it is not a requirement.
Long Beach Swim Club Training Philosophy
The Long Beach Swim Club training philosophy is based upon many new and innovative training techniques. Many years ago, swimmers swam up to 12 workouts per week and were troubled by a myriad of injuries as a result of overuse syndrome. These injuries plagued swimmers during the height of their careers and because significant damage had been done in developmental years, carried over into adult life.
At Beach, we try to avoid any such problems and engage in a training strategy that allows for variation thru cross-training. This develops the athlete as a whole and works to establish total fitness at the core. Such training reduces injuries and develops athletes at a much faster rate than conventional methods.
The Senior Group currently is offered 7 - 8 workouts per week and swimmers are expected to attend all workouts. This is because each workout is for a fundamental purpose, addressing a precise energy system, working a specific joint and increasing overall strength development. No one has been more successful than Beach at using this system.
It has been apparent, especially in the last two years, that a gap exists between the younger age group and senior levels. When age group athletes move up to the senior group, they have limited skills in medicine ball training, plyometrics, stretch cord exercises, etc. They have weak core development. The cardiovascular system of many of these kids is extremely under-developed. Most of the younger athletes cannot run basketball lines for 16 minutes without passing out.
The younger athletes that tend to do well in all swim programs including Beach, are the most coordinated and kinesthetic athletes. They are the genetically gifted kids that do well no matter what kind of training they get. We need to change this genetic curve by applying some of the training techniques we do at the senior level. We need to provide more cross training and strength development at the younger level. Cross training develops a more significant kinesthetic change in athletic ability, core strength and coordination, thereby increasing the potential for more rapid development and improvement.
In an effort to bring the younger athletes up to the aerobic and functional ability of the senior athletes, we are going to make use of the special events scheduled at the Belmont Pool. As you know, Belmont is a premier facility and many of the colleges contract the pool for their more important inviationals and league meets. Instead of sending the younger age groups to another site and have them cramped into a couple lanes, we are going to put great emphasis on the time out of the water so it parallels the senior program. What this means functionally is that some of the time spent training will be split between water time and dryland cross training. We will offer 4 - 5 workouts per week for the younger age groups. Some days your child will swim. Some days your child will do a little dryland and a little swimming. Some days your child will do nothing but general conditioning and dryland. They might run stairs for an hour. They will learn 8 - 10 abdominal exercises for core strength. They will learn how to correctly use medicine balls and stretch cords. This is not mindless physical education. Everything your child is being taught, even the games, have a very specific function. This is a swim team, not swim lessons. As an additional bonus, we will try to incorporate a swim video night once a month so that the age groupers have the opportunity to watch the stroke techniques of Olympians.