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Brent Rushall: “An immediate total change is unwise because the energy capacities developed in traditional training only partially transfer to USRPT. Traditionally-trained swimmers have difficulty in coping with
a full USRPT program. The best alternative would be to introduce USRPT incrementally to replace traditional training items.”
1. In the first week, program one USRPT set per session.
2. In the second week, program two USRPT sets for half the training sessions and one for the remaining sessions.
3. In the third week, program two USRPT sets for all training sessions
4. In the fourth week, program three USRPT sets for half the training sessions making them the only serious content in those sessions.
5. In the fifth week, program three USRPT sets for all sessions. If fatigue appears to accrue over the first several days, introduce skills training (e.g., turns, dives, double-leg kicking) as lower stress time-consuming relevant activities as replacements for some of the
6. From the sixth week on, dedicate the whole program to three or four USRPT sets per session with skills training spread throughout the week.
Rushall: “The introduction of USRPT experiences to replace traditional training activities should be gradual but the progress of swimmers during the allocated time will be quite variable. The coach will have to accommodate those who tire easily as much as those who are not challenged enough in the initial introductory attempts.”