Reversing the Pareto Principle and Applying it to Swimming
The Pareto Principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. At One with the Water we reverse that law and apply that to all of our workouts and lessons! How?
Each personalized swimming lesson is concentrated on 1) achieving your goals, 2) technique and 3) making you a stronger, more efficient, and faster swimmer. We have incorporated the principles of the Ultra-Short Race-Pace Training (USRPT) into our workouts to assist swimmers in completing their goals and efforts with more than 80% of the workout, not the 20% as is the norm for most swim teams throughout the world.
As one swimmer, Chris B., stated in a message to me, “I was reminded this morning in my workout how much sprinting rocks. It is just too easy to get in a grind doing longer sets. It’s such a ‘no-brainer’ that I can’t believe other coaches don’t do it more.”
Sprinting keeps energy way up, and means much better technique and flow. – Chris B., USMS Swimmer
I have dedicated this post to Chris and as he stated to me, “Spread the gospel of USRPT – No Grinding, No Routine.”
As a USMS Certified Masters Coach Level II, and a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, it’s not only my pleasure but also my duty and a requirement to continuously further my education as a swimming coach. For the last six months I have been coaching every workout in the USRPT format, even distance workouts for the triathletes and IronMan competitors. Workouts consist predominantly of race-pace swims, whether it be pacing a 50 meter race or a 2.4 mile race, the USRPT method is used to concentrate all swims on technique at the desired race pace. It makes sense to be at One with the Water whether you are racing or swimming for leisure – just ask our Olympian Ambassadors.
By incorporating USRPT into every workout, we have successfully reversed the 80-20 Rule to create workouts that have swimmers gaining from 80% plus meters swam in the workout. Additionally, we have found that the recovery time for each swimmer is decreased exponentially.
One with the Water recommends that every swimmer try our workouts for 15 – 30 days, and see how you feel. We believe you’ll notice the following changes:
- Decreased recovery time
- Increased energy for the day
- Lower resting heart rate
- Little to no muscle or joint soreness
- More time to enjoy everything else in life
Please contact us for information and request workouts designed specifically for you in the USRPT format. We’ll decrease your workout time per week, and get you into better shape. As always, from One with the Water, happy swimming!