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hard set

Posted by andrewv on January 22, 2003 - 21:56 CET
what is the hardest set you have ever done?

Posted by Michiel on January 24, 2003 - 01:05 CET
60x100 on 1:30... 1600 IM... 400+300+200+100 fly...

Posted by Sami on January 24, 2003 - 18:40 CET
100x100 freestyle... it was so boring...

Posted by zwemtoerist on January 24, 2003 - 18:42 CET
Just a few "nice" excercises:

-250m free with 15 push-ups after each 25m

-10x75m like:
*25m under water
*25m fly (with max. 1 breath)
*25m fast freestyle

-400-300-200-100 medley only using your legs

Posted by Stormywaters on January 25, 2003 - 09:49 CET

100 x 100y on 1:10


The 12 Days of Christmas:
12,11,10,9 x 50 Free,Breast,Back,Fly
8,7,6,5 x 100 Free,Breast,Back,Fly
4,3,2 x 200 Free,Breast,Back,Fly
1 x 200 Fly HARD
On 40 seconds per 50. Yuck!

Posted by Mads Sørensen on February 6, 2003 - 01:51 CET
40x100fly, longcourse on 1.40 per 100 is
though for a backstroker like me...

Posted by andrewv on February 24, 2003 - 01:04 CET
I did a distance tour. We did 26,000 yards in 1 day. (morning and afternoon)

Posted by Brinkie on March 8, 2003 - 00:00 CET
4x75 Medley
400 Medley
4x75 Medley
300 Medley
4x75 Medley
200 Medley

Posted by yotam® on March 14, 2003 - 18:39 CET
Maybe it's not the hardest the hardest set but it is hard and fun (!):

16 times 25m as fast as you can with jump start and when you finish the 25m stroke you have to get out of the water and run back to the other side of the pool and jump again.
16 times like that on 30 sec.

Posted by ShyaNiv-7 on March 15, 2003 - 06:01 CET
my hardest sets were:

3000 free the fastest u can go !
15X400 free 30 sec rest
15X200 free 30 sec rest
15X100 free 1.45 min

not in the same practise !

Posted by chlorinebreath on March 19, 2003 - 06:19 CET
not the hardest sets but they are sorta hard.

5000 for time (try doing it fly)

100x100 at a fast interval (I did 1:15)

on a 1:15 base: 5x500 descend 1-5
4x400 descend 1-4
3x300 descend 1-3
2x200 descend 1-2
1x100 fast

those are a few hard sets I have done before

Posted by Gunsen on April 15, 2003 - 03:40 CET
one of my hardest set ever was a 2-hours-test on long course... it was the 2nd practice that day and we had to give everything, cause it was the last practice of two weeks of training-camp. i did 9400m....

Posted by chlorinebreath on April 15, 2003 - 11:50 CET
this wasn't even close to the hardest set ive ever had but tonight at practice i did a 30 minute swim. i went 2250 meters.

Posted by Gunsen on April 16, 2003 - 02:00 CET
really? I just did 2500m on saturday! I#m a long event specialist, like 5000m open-water! really nice event, with 19°C as water-temp!

Posted by chlorinebreath on April 16, 2003 - 11:20 CET
Cool, I think I could ahve done better though becasue we just started had training again last week. The lsat few weeks we have been resting a little after all our big meets. Last summer I was going to do a 2.6 mile open-water swim across Donner Lake (near Lake Tahoe) while I was on vacation. The water was about 60-70 degrees F. The problem was I thought the race was on a Sunday so when I got there it was actually the Fiday before. There also was this other guy on my team there and I didnn't even know it. I talked to him later and found out he placed second. Pretty cool, huh?

Posted by Stormywaters on May 4, 2003 - 02:35 CET
Back to hard sets:
Yesterday we did an hour worth of 100's on 5 seconds rest. You just keep swimming for an hour stopping every 100 for 5 seconds. I did 49, 2nd most on my team!

Posted by chlorinebreath on May 4, 2003 - 07:06 CET
Today I had a pretty had set for me becasue I have flexibility problems with my shoulders and it makes it hard for me to do fly:

warmup- 3x: 400 IM swim/kick/drill/swim by 25
200 IM (descend the 200 IMs)

5x200 fly kick wiyht fins on 3:30
5x200 fly with fins and a bubble attached to my back on 3:15(bubbles are like what little kids attach to themselves when learning to swim)
5x200 fly with fins on 3:00
5x200 fly descend 1-5 on 4:00

200 easy

Total: 6,00 meters

Posted by chlorinebreath on May 4, 2003 - 07:08 CET
I ment 6,000 meters not 600.

Posted by TheRocket on May 6, 2003 - 16:41 CET
Try 16.000 IM.......... that's pretty hard.

Posted by chlorinebreath on May 7, 2003 - 06:05 CET
Was your IM meters or yards, ive done a 1200 iyards m before. A practice I just remered that was sorta hard becasue it was a lot of sprinting was a 1650 yard free relay wiht 4 people. We all alternated 25s. I was a little challenging to sprint the whole time.

Posted by TheRocket on May 12, 2003 - 21:42 CET
It was in Meters. A really good enduarance swimmer must be able to complete it within 4 hours. Good Luck!

Posted by zwemtoerist on May 13, 2003 - 17:58 CET
I prefer a 60x50m every 60 seconds since I can't practice more than one hour a time.

Posted by Blue Shark on May 17, 2003 - 07:10 CET
i just heard today that this guy from my team swam 2 years ago for 12 hours straight!!! He swam at night from 7PM to 7AM. He wasn't allowed to stop at the wall at any time. He thinks he did about 55,000 yards!!! And after that he went to eat and had to come back and swim in a meet.

Posted by chlorinebreath on May 17, 2003 - 12:20 CET
That's one hard set, i gotta try something like that sometime.

Posted by zwemtoerist on May 17, 2003 - 18:54 CET
Isn't that a bit unhealthy? During a training that is longer than one hour I always drink things like isostar, AA-drink or Extran
And when you're not allowed to stop it is impossible to drink.
(or did he swim in a pool filled with energy-drink?)

During long distance swim meets the swimmers stop every 20-30 minutes to eat or drink something and those races take at most 9 hours

Posted by chlorinebreath on May 17, 2003 - 23:18 CET
That would probably be very unhealthy now that you mention it. The only way he could drink would be to kick and have someone throw him a bottle so he could drink or he could drink the pool water.

Posted by Blue Shark on May 20, 2003 - 00:26 CET
I am not sure about all the details because he just told me about it without relly going into to much detail. I suppose he did eat or drink during the swim because the coach wouldn't risk his swimmer fainting and going to the hospital in the middle of practice. So i don't have all the answers, only my best guesses.
But even with "pit stops" for eating and drinking this is one hard set, more mentally than physically.

Posted by Blue Shark on May 23, 2003 - 21:59 CET
OK, i got the answer about the eating and drinking from the guy who did it. He wasn't allowed to stop or touch the floor. He swam in a lane 1and had food and drink layed-up on the side of the pool. While still moving in the water he would grab something from the side, take a bite or a sip from it and put it back further down along the wall.

Posted by chlorinebreath on June 12, 2003 - 23:48 CET
heres a hard set cuz i hurt my shoulder:

35x100 meter free on the 1:25

about 20 into it my shoulder gave in and i had to kick (with fins) it was pretty hard cuz im not a great kicker and it was outside with no lanelines and there were pool jets on so i was zig-zagging eveywhere

Posted by zwemtoerist on June 13, 2003 - 00:02 CET
At the end of the training a 10x100 every 1.20 and then a 400m IM. Very funny when you did a sprint training before this set.......

Posted by Lenny on July 1, 2003 - 17:25 CET
2x(300+200+100+50) Fly

Posted by Lenny on July 1, 2003 - 17:42 CET
OL set....
(50+100+200)Fly + (50+100+200)Back + (50+100+200)Breast + (50+100+200+400+800+1500)Free + (100+200+400)IM
2 times.

Posted by Stig on July 1, 2003 - 19:42 CET
The toughest (and most boring!) set i have ever done was 33*400 m. start 5.30
That sucked!

Posted by Lenny on September 20, 2003 - 21:53 CET
6x100 + 4x50 + 6x100 + 6x100
100 FLY @ 1:40 50 slack @ 1:00

Posted by kafwrine on September 20, 2003 - 23:13 CET
I have a step test tomorrow... have it every 6 weeks i absolutely hate it. It's 7 x 400 decending the last 200m but 4 seconds each time, so on the last one you have to do your PB + 4 seconds (without a dive). Then you get 5 mins rest and you have to do 24 x 100 @ 1.50 at 10-15 bbm. It's all on your number 1 stroke so I pity you if you're a fly swimmer!!! Luckily im a freestyler!

Posted by Graps on October 25, 2003 - 23:04 CET
i have done some cool sets: 8x1500 freestyle (@20)very fast

12x400 freestyle (@ 5:00) very fast

10x400 medley (@ 6) 1-10 (max)

105x50 fly (@ 1.00)

i like long series!!

Posted by Saku on October 26, 2003 - 02:13 CET
omg i hate long series... last week we have 10x400m and 10x100m this is *** edit: inappropriate ***ing *** edit: inappropriate ***. i only like short things like 4x50m

Posted by andrewv on December 5, 2003 - 05:17 CET
One of the most boring sets that we do is a 4000 IM which alternates 200 fly, 200 IM, 200 back, 200 IM, etc. We do it about once a week. And soon we will be doing 6000 IM's!

Posted by Nomak on December 18, 2003 - 03:55 CET
here's some of the hardest series I've tried:

10x400 im (5.30)

6x1500 free (18.00)

15x400 free (5.00)

5x800 im (12.00)

Posted by gordo on December 19, 2003 - 13:03 CET
we do a saturday morning set that is

10(6x50 (50) max)

god it hurts so bad who are these ppl saying that i wanna swim 12 hours straight get a life

Posted by Yvonne Renate Høgenhaug on February 11, 2004 - 17:17 CET
we had a marathon.... swam 43 000 meters (in longcourse), with one break during the day. It took a while, but it was fun...

and 4x (5x200) butterfly is a challenge....

Posted by Michel Heijnen on February 11, 2004 - 20:11 CET
We have done just like Yvonne Renate Høgenhaug, the butterfly. Only we did 3 times 8x200. Start every 2.45 (in longcourse). It was very hard, Only me and Maurice Geurts could handel it.

And a 4 times 1500 meter max is also very hard. I had in there 17.01.00, 17.12.00, 16.56.00 and 16.51.00. It was al at the longcourse.

Greetz from HOLLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aksu on March 6, 2004 - 14:09 CET
The hardest set: 3x400 IM start 6.00
5x200 (3xIM, 2xback) start 3.00
8x100 free start 1.15

pulse between 160-180
Between sets was 400 easy swim

400: I went 4.48-4.51, 200: IM 2.18-2.22,Back 2.20,2.22 and 100 1.02-1.03

Huh, it was great feelings in the sauna....

Posted by Caitlin Robinson on March 9, 2004 - 22:46 CET
I guess this set isnt really that hard compared to some but once we had to do 16x50 best...and unfortunately for me im a butterflyer...the set was:

16x50 fly
4 on 55
4 on 50
4 on 45
4 on 40

the last 8 were hell to do!! but it was fun

Posted by bartjoh on March 24, 2004 - 13:21 CET
I had to swim 800 meters in a row!!!!!!!!

Posted by kafwrine on March 24, 2004 - 19:18 CET
Did you mean 8000? 800m in a row doesn't sound that bad...

Posted by zwemtoerist on April 8, 2004 - 20:58 CET
800m medley
2x400m medley
4x200m (fly-back-breast-free)
8x100m (=2x(fly-back-breast-free))

Posted by tbone on April 9, 2004 - 05:52 CET
Hardest set for me:

1 x 1500 free
1 x 800 IM
4 x 200 fly
1 x 1500 free
1 x 800 IM
4 x 200 back
1 x 1500 free
1 x 800 IM
4 x 200 breast
1 x 1500 free
1 x 800 IM
4 x 200 free.

All 200's descend 1-4.

Posted by Mike the pike on April 20, 2004 - 21:26 CET
27 x 400

1 back

1 breast

1 free

(punishment set , no log book, if u know what one is)

Posted by Alex Boyd on April 21, 2004 - 11:10 CET
4x33 Fly....on 30 secs (yards)

It was tough....

Four years ago...i am still recovering from the shock

Never again

Posted by Alex Boyd on April 21, 2004 - 11:24 CET
Oh yeah...
Try and do 400 doggy paddle after a main set

It will hurt like nothing you have ever felt before.
Your forearms will fall off!

Posted by Alex Boyd on April 23, 2004 - 12:03 CET
I cant believe u wrote that- i feel violated...
I thought we were supposed to be one big gay(happy) family, a community of swimmers.
Just because i dont have the stamina of some of the other guys on here.. doing 100x100's and stuff, doesnt mean that i should be mistreated.
We are all gods people....
Its not my fault i cant swim as fast as u!

(Just one thing though....who is social sec?)

Posted by Mike the pike on April 24, 2004 - 23:18 CET
who's the god lover

Posted by savage_swimmer on February 10, 2006 - 08:32 CET
An interesting Long Course Meters VO2MAX set that I've done in the past:
-3x -3x100m Free (1:10)
-100m Easy (2:00)
-2x100m Free (1:10)
-200m Easy (4:00)
-1x100m Free (1:10)
-300m Easy (6:00) (Total Distance = 3,600m).

Posted by savage_swimmer on February 10, 2006 - 08:33 CET
Another VO2Max Set I used to do (Long Course Meters of course):

-5x (3x100m on 1:30) - BREASTSTROKE HOLD PB+10secs.
Usually paddle off an easy 100m in between each 3x100m.

Posted by savage_swimmer on February 10, 2006 - 08:35 CET
And a more recent difficult set, more of a thershold set this though, would have to be (Short Course Meters):

30x100m @ -10x100m Fly (1:30)
-10x100m Choice Form Stroke (1:30)
-10x100m Freestyle (1:20)

Then back it up with a 100m Time Trial. =)

Posted by savage_swimmer on February 10, 2006 - 08:37 CET
Oh, and as for kicking (Long Course Meters):

8x200m Kick (on 3:45), Heart Rate = 170-179

Posted by Saku on February 10, 2006 - 08:49 CET
8*200free (on 3:00) Heart Rate = 200-218
Lactate, 14,9 ~.+
its horrible, im not made for somethin like that

Posted by Graps on February 11, 2006 - 11:46 CET
11x400 fly @7 no 1-arms....

and i pretty fun set: 100x100 on 100 different ways

Posted by savage_swimmer on February 19, 2006 - 03:30 CET
Another Set, not necessarily a hard one, but just something I do a couple of mornings a week at the moment:

-20x200m (on 3:00 for Free or just 10secs rest for Form), all are choice swim.... all are heart rate about 150.... and the last 2 repeats (ie. no. 19 & 20 are Heart Rate 170+ and in main stroke).

Sometimes followed by 4x10m mini sprints with a drag belt.

Posted by justin thornton on February 23, 2006 - 07:00 CET
When I was at Tennessee, this was one of my favorite hard sets.
40X100's backstroke LCM
1st 10 on 1:30
2nd 10 on 1:20
3rd 10 on 1:10
4th 10 on 1:05
My sophomore year I averaged :58's.

Posted by Mike the pike on February 26, 2006 - 02:46 CET
yeah i ate a big red candel.

Posted by Robstad on November 28, 2006 - 21:27 CET
50 times 60 max. Start on 1min.

Posted by Graps on January 12, 2007 - 19:03 CET
On New years eve i did 50x800... Most Free and Backstroke but also a lot of IM.

Posted by N-sgrr on February 14, 2007 - 08:38 CET
The Olympic Set was the hardest for me, it goes like this...

1500 free, 400 free, 200 free, 100 free, 50 free,
200 back, 100 back,
200 breast, 100 breast,
200 medley,
200 fly and 100 fly with 30 secs rest between everything.

Posted by zwemtoerist on April 28, 2007 - 10:35 CET
@ fLyInG_dUtChMaN:

No 400m medley?

Posted by -Casey- on May 31, 2007 - 02:19 CET
One of the hardest sets our coache makes us do is :

800 I.M, fast
2x400 I.M, (one fast, one easy)
4x200 I.M, (easy, fast, easy, fast)
8x100 I.M fast

If our coach wants to torture us even more, he'll make us do it long course.

Posted by Pelle on November 1, 2007 - 18:06 CET
My favourite set

16x200 best stroke st. 3.10
(3x 1 A2 - 1 A2+ - 1 EN1) 9
(1x 1A2+ - 1 EN1 - 1 EN2) 12
(3x200 all you got left!!) 16

Posted by VVI on February 2, 2008 - 12:43 CET
my hardest set (on trainingscamp, in the morning)

1500 m warming-up (don't know what exactly)

15×100 on 1'30 i guess
5×300 10 secs rest
3×500 15/20 secs rest
1×1500 (in dutch a2-a3 speed=quite heavy)

500m cooling down or something

= total: 8000 m

Posted by Kristyna on February 15, 2008 - 21:35 CET
we had this pretty hard set,but not the worst:
6 x (7 x 100) :

2 x (7 x 100 - 1'30)
2 x (7 x 100 - 1'35)
2 x (7 x 100 - 1'40)

The 100's had to be swam in 1'20.

Posted by Yollie on February 28, 2008 - 17:17 CET
This is nowhere near what some of yours are, but a hard set is,


200m Fly (50m pull, 50m kick, 100m full)
200m Back (50m pull, 50m kick , 100 full)
200m Breaststroke (50m pull, 50m kick, 100m full)
400m Free (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
100m Fly
100m Back
100m Breaststroke
200m Free
200m Fly (50m pull, 50m kick, 100m full)
200m Back (50m pull, 50m kick , 100 full)
200m Breaststroke (50m pull, 50m kick, 100m full)
400m Free (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
800m Free (200m pull, 200m kick, 400m full)
400m Fly (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
400m Back (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
400m Breaststroke (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
800m Swim Down


Posted by Yollie on February 28, 2008 - 17:20 CET
oops, the first EASY should say

800m Warm up
400m Fly (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
400m Back (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
400m Breaststroke (100m pull, 100m kick, 200m full)
800 Free (200m pull, 200m kick, 400m full)