Knoxville Swim Clinic - April 28 and 29 2017
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Knoxville Swim Clinic - April 2015
Time and Place
The Clinic is over and was a big success. On
April 14th and 15th, 2015 the University of Tennessee and Mark Kredich hosted the School of Thought Swim Clinic. This clinic featured Jan Olbrecht along with others. Jan Olbrecht
Jan is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in the application of lactate testing to training design. His book “The Science of Winning” has become one of the most influential books written on training theory for swimming. Since the publication of the book 20 years ago, Olbrecht’s theories have been further validated on thousands of world class athletes who have won hundreds of World Championship and Olympic medals. This lecture series marks the first time that Jan has spoken in the US in this century.
Jan speaks to the coaches during a session on the training effects of various swim exercises.
They were planning training exercises based on this chart from the
Science of Winning.
For more information on Jan from our website
See our page on The Science of Winning. Jan discussed how he works with the Dutch Swim Team and other swim coaches. The Dutch team just broke several world records at the Doha Short Course World Championships last December and so did some of France's top swimmers who also work with Jan. He is also working with Jacco Verhaeren and several Australian swimmers. Swimmers who have worked with Jan have won 53 Olympic medals and 175 medals in World long course and short course championships. They have also won over 350 medals in European championships.
Age Group swimmer to World Champion triathlete - Jan also wrote our triathlon site which we published in 1998 after Luc van Lierde set the world records in the Ironman at Kona and then ran the fastest Ironman in history at 7:50:27. Jan had first met Luc as an age group swimmer, primarily a breaststroke swimmer. In about 8 years under Jan's guidance, Luc became one of the top triathletes of all time. Jan continued to work with Luc throughout his triathlon career and still works with him as Luc has become one of the top triathlon coaches in Europe.
This triathlon site published in 1998 is here. Several years later, Jan then wrote an outline for training and testing for the triathlon. This was to be a chapter in a book on lactate testing. This book was never published but most of his article became part of our main site on the triathlon. There are ideas from others in this site so not every thing on this site is Jan's. Click here for the main triathlon site.
Swim coaches who train triathletes or have swimmers who want to become triathletes may want to explore Jan's ideas on this. The terminology that Jan uses in his presentation on swimming will make the triathlon sites a little clearer.
Rowing Success as well - In 2002 Dutch rowing asked Jan to help them in their training. Since that time the Dutch have won 6 Olympic medals in rowing, one gold, 2 silver and three bronze. The rowers have also won 100 medals in world championships regattas.
Jan uses a unique model of energy metabolism developed at the University of Cologne when he was a graduate student. A computer program was developed for this model which allows him to measure both the aerobic and anaerobic capacity of an athlete. From this model, training programs are developed that help the athlete optimize performance in any event from as little as a 50 m freestyle or 20-24 seconds to an Ironman which is 8 hours or more.