Non-specific Dryland Training

Perhaps the most eye-popping swim of the 2010 Spring Nationals meet was when 65-year-old Richard Abrahams went 22.10 in the 50 yard freestyle, winning the event by a whopping 3 seconds and obliterating the previous national record by 1.5 seconds. It was named the performance of the week by Swimming World, one of the very few masters swimmers to be so honored.

Rich was interviewed on the Morning Swim Show (see below). A sprint specialist, when Rich climbs out of the pool it is obvious that he keeps himself in excellent physical shape. He briefly talks about his philosophy for dryland training in the interview, and elaborates in more detail in an article he wrote in 2009, Dryland Training: A Nonspecific Approach.

Rich was recently (2011) induced into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame. There is more information about Rich’s training methods, including in the pool, in this USMS Discussion Forum thread.


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