The Race Club – Swimming Camps • Coaching • Competitive Training • Advanced Techniques

BECAUSE LIFE IS WORTH SWIMMING

Our mission is to promote swimming through sport, lifelong enjoyment, and good health benefits. Our objective is for each member of The Race Club to improve his or her swimming performances, health, and self-esteem through our educational programs, services and creativity.

The Race Club features the primary resources available for swimmers: Swim Camp, Swim Video Subscriptions and Individual Swim Coaching. The Swim Camps are 8-session clinics held in California. The Race Club Membership is a subscription services providing access to weekly videos and more. Our individual swim coaching services are available online, where you live or at one of our two locations.

We strive to help each member of The Race Club overcome challenges and reach his or her individual life goals from Olympic swim training to developing freestyle swimming technique. The Race Club provides facilities, swim coaching, training, technical instruction, video, fitness and health programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Race Club swim camps are designed and tailored to satisfy each swimmer’s needs, whether one is trying to reach the Olympic Games or simply improve their fitness level. Our programs are suitable for beginning swimmers, pleasure swimmers, fitness swimmers, USA swimming, YMCA swimmers, or triathletes; anyone who wants to improve swimming skills. All of our Race Club members share an enjoyment of being in the water and use swimming to stimulate a more active mind and body.

VIDEO LIBRARY

Individual Medley – Breaststroke 46 Stroke Rate

After working on dolphin kick and sculling drills with Max, we are ready to practice full stroke breaststroke for the 200 Individual Medley or a 46 Stroke Rate.  At the Race Club we spend a lot of time on stroke rate using tools such as the tempo trainer and stroke rate stop watches.  Once we figure out what the swimmer’s optimal stroke rate will be, we practice those rates repeatedly.  Generally speaking, 46 strokes per minute is the ideal stroke rate and is what the goal is for Max during this leg of the IM. Previously Max has been in the high 30’s for his stroke rate so it will be quite a bit faster.  We see so many swimmers going out with too fast or too slow of a tempo so we continually practice sets tuning up our stroke rate count.   This will ultimately lead the swimmer to setup the perfect race.

Individual Medley – Breaststroke Scull

Coach Gary and Olympic hopeful Max Seidel continue working on Breaststroke with Max’s own scull drill.  At the Race Club we like to ask our swimmers what are some of their favorite swim drills.  After working on the dolphin kick breaststroke drill Max describes a similar scull  drill that emphasizes a wide catch and powerful ‘shoot’ forward.   Coach Gary adds the Race Club twist by adding more emphasis to the height and power of the head recovery.  We like this drill so much that we’ve been using it with great success in swimmers that aren’t comfortable with these coupling motions.

Individual Medley – Dolphin Breaststroke

For many Individual Medley swimmers Breaststroke is their weakest leg.  Swiss Olympic hopeful Max Seidel needs to improve his breaststroke and backstroke legs in order to have a shot at Paris 2024.  Coach Gary’s preliminary analysis of Max’s strokes was too slow of a stroke rate and not enough coupling motion with his head.  A great way to teach swimmers to improve both of these problems is using the breaststroke with dolphin kick drill.  Many swimmers, like Max don’t use their head as a weapon by simply laying it down as they enter the recovery phase.  In order to learn how much energy you can actually put into this motion, Coach Gary uses fins with this drill that allows Max to both get higher and feel the power of his newly learned coupling motion. 

Individual Medley – Backstroke Full Stroke

Swiss Olympic hopeful in the 200 Individual Medley, Max Seidel needs to improve his backstroke more than any other leg. We spent a lot of time working on swim drills that teach bending the elbow more for the pull and finally stroke rate. In this set of 4 x 25 Max improves on each one using the same stroke rate. This means each 25 he uses the coupling motions he learned (rotation and recovery) in a more effective way that shows in the amount of rotation and elbow bend he creates. If Max can swim like he does on the last 25 of this set, he’s got a great chance for Paris!

AQUA NOTES

TRC Main Set

Main Set of the Week: Individual Medley

When I held the world record in the 400 IM, I considered this set to be semi-torture. Yet, I knew that a brutal main set would help get me ready for a brutal event. Each summer, early in the season

Determining your ideal Breaststroke Stroke Rate

Determining your ideal Breaststroke Stroke Rate
It has taken me years to understand breaststroke. It is not just the most difficult stroke to teach and learn, requiring an entirely different set of anatomical tools than the other three strokes. It is also the most difficult stroke for coaches to understand. It is also the most timing-sensitive stroke.

TRC Main Set

Katie Ledecky Anaerobic Threshold Main Set: SC yards

In honor of Thanksgiving, we thought everyone would enjoy this great set from Bruce Gemmell. No better way to build up the appetite than an anaerobic swim set inspired by Katie Ledecky

Analyzing Dolphin Kick at The Race Club

Analyzing Dolphin Kick at The Race Club

As coaches or parents, we notice great differences among swimmers in dolphin kick speed. Not only do swimmers who dolphin kick fast have a tremendous advantage on starts

JOIN THE CLUB

We provide swimming videos for all age groups, triathletes and competitive swimmers.
Explore a breakdown of our prices for weekly videos and more below.
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Limited Time Only

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS

LANE 2

For a deeper dive into great swimming technique, move over to Lane 2.
$9.99 Per Month | 7-Day Free Trial
  • Full access to Aqua Notes library
  • Complete Video tutorials

LANE 3

For swimmers that want to go faster, move up to Lane 3.
$19.99 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • A lot more awesome features

LANE 4: Pro

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$250.00 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences
  • Online Coach: Thomas Hensen
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

LANE 4: Elite

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$375.00 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences
  • Online Coaches: Gary Hall Sr., Gary Hall Jr., Alex Meyer and Dr. Megan Cannon
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

LANE 2

For a deeper dive into great swimming technique, move over to Lane 2.
$99.99 Per Year | 7-Day Free Trial
  • Full access to Aqua Notes library
  • Complete Video tutorials

LANE 3

For swimmers that want to go faster, move up to Lane 3.
$199.99 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • A lot more awesome features

LANE 4: Pro

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$2300.00 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences per month
  • Online Coaches: Thomas Hensen
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

LANE 4: Elite

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$3500.00 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences per month
  • Online Coaches: Gary Hall Sr., Gary Hall Jr., Alex Meyer and Dr. Megan Cannon
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

DIVE INTO LANE 1 FOR FREE

LANE 1

Dive into Lane 1 to learn the basic Race Club swimming techniques.
FREE Account
  • Weekly Promo Video, Aquanote, and Newsletter

REGISTER FOR SWIM CAMP

The Race Club Swim Camps are unlike any other swim camps or clinics. Swimmers will focus on all strokes, starts and swim turns, while improving freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly technique. Learn 4 different types of dryland training, the science of swimming and the 5 disciplines of fast swimming. Develop seasonal planning, mental training and race strategy techniques that are sure to give you an edge over your competition. Whether you’re a beginner, master, triathlete or a competitive swimmer, we recommend that all campers attend every camp session to gain a comprehensive knowledge of our methodologies to improve your swimming technique. All swim camps below are open for registration.

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Coronado, CA

Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex 818 Sixth Street Coronado, CA 92118