Signed up for your Swimathon 2020 challenge but not sure where to start with your training? Our training zone is designed to make sure that by the time event day comes around you’re in the best possible shape for your swim!
Meet Jolyon Finck - Team GB Olympic Swimming Coach
Over the course of his 20-year swimming coaching career, Jolyon has tutored swimmers ranging from beginners and LTS Mini Squad Swimmers through to elite international performers.
With plenty of swimming qualifications and degrees in Anatomical Science, Education and Sports Performance Management, Jolyon brings a unique quotient of both art and science to his pool side skills.
Perfect your swimming technique with Jolyon Finck's technique tips for breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke.
Meet Duncan Goodhew - Olympic Gold Medallist
Duncan is a champion swimmer and British sporting hero. He won an Olympic Gold medal for the 100m breaststroke at the 1980 Moscow games, where he also won a bronze relay medal. Since then Duncan has been focused on helping more people to take up swimming.
Start your training right with these top training tips from Swimathon President and Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Duncan Goodhew.
Check out our 10 week and 5 week training plans, which have been written personally by Jolyon Finck, Swimathon Head Coach.
These are designed to equip you with the skills, confidence and adequate fitness levels to tackle your swim. If you follow the plan applicable to your challenge distance, then you’ll be more than ready for your swim!
These plans contain something for every ability with beginner, intermediate and advanced plans available.
- 10 Week - 400m Training Plan
- 5 Week - Beginner 1.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Beginner 1.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Intermediate 1.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Intermediate 1.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Advanced 1.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Advanced 1.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Beginner 2.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Beginner 2.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Intermediate 2.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Intermediate 2.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Advanced 2.5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Advanced 2.5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Beginner 5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Beginner 5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Intermediate 5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Intermediate 5k Training Plan
- 5 Week - Advanced 5k Training Plan
- 10 Week - Advanced 5k Training Plan
Check out some top swimming tips below in our guides, created by Team GB coach Jolyon Finck and Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President, Duncan Goodhew.
Check out our Swimathon videos with top tips from Olympians Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster, Swim England and Zoggs.
Top Tips from Swim England
How to swim in a straight line
With so many elements to think about when swimming up and down, from preventing your legs from sinking to perfecting your breathing pattern, heading in a straight line can be a bigger feat than expected. Nobody wants to waste time and effort zig-z.....
Tips for learning the four swimming strokes
Learning the four swimming strokes comes after you have mastered the basic skills of swimming. If you have reached this point then we have collated some tips below to help you learn the four swimming strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke .....
2. Training and Exercises
A quick guide to stretching and warming up
Before you start a swimming session or workout, you need to know your body is ready for the challenges ahead. Here is our quick guide to stretching to help you actively warm up before exercising. By properly preparing your body for exercise you ar.....
Swim and gym exercise for toning your legs
Combining swimming and gym exercises is an effective way of toning your legs. To help you out we have created a simple swim and gym toning your legs exercise. Our pick and mix swim and gym exercises help you mix things up a little. Enjoy all the b.....
Swim and gym routine to exercise back and biceps
We have created a simple swim and gym routine to exercise back and biceps. Our pick and mix swim and gym exercises help you mix things up a little. Enjoy all the benefits of exercising in water after a light gym workout, but with a focus on one ar.....