Swimming World Presents “Workouts of a World Champion: With Caeleb Dressel’s coach Gregg Troy

Swimming World July 2019 - Special Sets - Caeleb Dressel and Gregg Troy

Special Sets:
Workouts of a World Champion
with coach Gregg Troy

BY MICHAEL J. STOTT

In 2017, Coach Gregg Troy put together a plan to maximize Caeleb Dressel’s opportunities at the World Championships in Budapest. Following are eight workouts done by Dressel in his preparation for what resulted in a record seven gold medals.

From July 12-28, Gwangju, Korea will open its city for the 18th FINA World Aquatic Championships. Swimming will take place from the 21st to the 28th, where Caeleb Dressel hopes to reprise his otherworldly performance from 2017.

In Budapest, he won three races on the final night (50 meter free, 100 fly, 4×100 mixed medley relay), finishing the championships with two American and two world records.

At the meet’s conclusion, he admitted being tired, saying his preparation anticipated and planned for the fatigue. Modestly, he claimed his triumphs were nothing more than the culmination of a good short course season (concluding a college career that included 10 NCAA titles and 28 All-America honors), a fine year and a terrific seven-day meet. He advised the media: “There’s a lot more that goes into this than just the seven days that people see.”

The reality is that when you train with Gregg Troy, you commit to a quadrennial plan. His goal for you is to succeed at the international level. And Troy’s record in that arena is staggering. He has coached 68 Olympians (most notably, Ryan Lochte) and multiple world champions and world record holders. He has been a two-time U.S. Olympic assistant coach (1996, 2008) and was the men’s head coach in 2012.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM
“Our summer training for 2017 was broken up in the following fashion,” says Troy.

April: 3 weeks of aerobic training (no competition) Volume 50,000-60,000 weekly
First two weeks all long course
April/May: 3 weeks of endurance/aerobic training Volume 50,000
Finish quality work
May/June: 3 weeks
Volume 40,000-50,000
Race relative focus
June: 3 weeks of competition and race prep
Volume reduced weekly 10-20% based upon what response seen in training
July: 3 weeks—team camp
Final prep

To access the sets that Coach Troy used with Caeleb Dressel,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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020 SPECIAL SETS: WORKOUTS OF A WORLD CHAMPION
by Michael J. Stott
In 2017, Coach Gregg Troy put together a plan to maximize Caeleb Dressel’s opportunities at the World Championships in Budapest. Following are eight workouts done by Dressel in his preparation for what resulted in a record seven gold medals.

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022 OFFICIAL WORD

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030 2019 AQUATIC DIRECTORY

042 DADS ON DECK

047 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

8 comments

  1. Rob Walkden

    Am I reading this wrong or are you suggesting Caeleb is cracking out 10k days as a 50/100m sprinter assuming one rest day?

    • Mark Hesse

      Rob Walkden yep not everyday but quite often according to the coaches at Gator.

    • avatar
      R Manlandro

      They do it all the time
      My daughter has trained with Coach Troy

  2. Tony MacGuinness

    And these sessions would be relevant to whom?

  3. Pfoc Troops

    This is proper training kids, no USRPT silliness