Most nearly everyone has heard of Michael Phelps as the greatest Olympian of all time. Far fewer people recognize the man behind the swimmer Bob Bowman. Michael began training under Bob at the age of eleven and has followed his instructions loyally.
Most importantly he focuses on higher intensity/shorter distance workouts.
The 200 fly is a gruelling mix of endurance and power that challenges any athlete. Endurance conditioning is the foundation of this event, most often 200 flyers also are competent 400 freestylers or 400 individual medley swimmers. The general endurance work done for these events complements the more specific work done in butterfly sets. In my opinion there is little benefit gained by swimming butterfly in training with less than excellent technique. Historically, great 200 fly swimmers have been asked to complete gargantuan sets of repeats in butterfly
swimming on short rest.
They have also done long swims such as 1,500 or 3,000 meters. Although it served some of them well, it also engrained bad technical habits and virtually eliminated a continuous kicking action from the stroke. This limits speed potential in the 200 and is contrary to the current, horizontally orientated stroke. Over the past decade, Michael Phelps has broken the world record in the 200 butterfly five times and has seldom swum more than four or five full-stroke 200 flys in training per year![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]