H2O Jargon and Abbreviations

Following is a growing list of the terms and abbreviations we use in our workouts:

Breathing On Your Least Favorite Side (BOYLFS) - breathing on the side you feel you have the poorest (or no) skills. If you don't have a side that fits this description then you aren't paying close enough attention.

Build (or Building) - beginning at low intensity and getting gradually more intense to finish off at high intensity. Related:

  • Build Anything Mixed (BAM) - a short segment where you are to do a variety of aquatic activities (swim, kick, drill, cavort, handsprings - virtually anything), building. Often used when we first put on fins and generally lasts for 3 or 4 minutes.

Cavort - play, frolick - do something different that still requires you to "deal with" the aquatic environment. Sometimes Coach will describe a specific cavort and sometimes swimmers will choose their own cavort.

Continuous - no stopping, turns at every wall (instead of stop-turnaround-and-eventually-push-off-agains), feet never touch the bottom.

Cruise Interval (CInt) - see Cruise Terms for this and the following similar/related items:

  • Cruise Distance (CD)
  • Cruise Pace (CP)
  • Cruise Time, also Chart Time (CT)

Descend (Desc) - going each repeat in a set (or cycle) faster than the preceding repeat.

  • An instruction like Descend 1-3 & repeat defines a cycle wherein you would note your elapsed time for swim #1 in the cycle, swim #2 faster than #1, swim #3 faster than #2, and then repeat the cycle, returning to some slower speed for the first swim of that new cycle.

Easy (EZ) - easy, yet with good form.

Front Quadrant Swimming (FQS) - leaving each hand out in front of you until the other hand has recovered past your head and is darn near caught up to it; swapping hands out front; always having one of you hands as the front of you moving vessel; never leaving your head as the front of your vessel. (See the Swimming In Circles article.)

Long-axis Rotations (LAR) - streamlined horizontal kicking where the swimmer drives alternating rotations of the entire body around its long axis, either every 3rd kick beat (called 6-beat long axis rotations because it takes a total of 6 kick beats to get through a cycle of two rotations) or on every kick beat (called 2-beat long-axis rotations.) (See also: Bottom Up Swimming article.)

Negative Split (Neg Split, NS) - In general, going the second half of a swim (or repeat) faster than the first half and knowing the actual times of the splits. Guarantee: If you don't know the elapsed time for each split, it wasn't a negative split. (See also Negative Split for more detail.)

No Breather (NBr) - no breathing during the assigned distance (typically a length or width of the pool). In some cases use of a snorkel is an option, in which case breathe freely.

Partner Coaching - in groups of 2 to 4, swimmers take turns demonstrating, watching, assessing, critiquing instructing and generally trying to help each other on a specific skill assigned by Coach. Regardless of knowledge/ability, each person must get involved in the instruction process, even if only to describe what they see.

Predicted, Divulged Time (PDT) - Predict your time for the assigned activity (swim, kick, etc.) and divulge that prediction to the swimmers around you. Helps build awareness and knowledge of your abilities. Similar:

  • Predicted, Divulged Splits (PDS)
  • Predicted, Divulged Stroke Count(PDSC)

QIQ - Kick (spelled phonetically). Similar:

  • QNP - QIQ with Nekked Pheet
  • QP - QIQ with Phinz

Rest/EZ - where longer rest intervals are prescribed in the workouts you are encouraged to do some easy swim, drill or cavort instead of just standing still - you'll recover more quickly and completely - think "active rest"

Short Axis Pulse (SAP) - propulsive rhythmic full-body dolphining action done with legs together - as opposed to the leg-dominated motion often erroneously referred to as "dolphin kick". (See the Slip-Sliding Away article for more detail.)

Sprint & Glide - sprint toward a wall and, at some point before you get to the wall, cease all propulsion and use momentum and streamlining to glide to the wall. How far from the wall can you cease propulsion and glide to the wall.

Strokes per Length (SPL) - number of strokes taken in a length, counting one stroke for each arm as it extends out in front of you after it completes a stroke. Related items:

  • NSPL = "Normal" strokes per length (the stroke count you go at any given point in a workout at your then-current level of fatigue when you aren't doing anything special to lengthen your strokes; your "right now no-brainer" stroke count)
  • -1SPL = one stroke per length fewer than NSPL
  • -2SPL = two strokes per length fewer than NSPL

Swim Golf (SGolf) - for any given swim, Score = Total Strokes + Total Seconds. Lower scores are better! Ssee full Swim Golf explanation.

Tight-Schlumpy-Tight (TST) - while swimming, kicking or drilling, alternating between tight-line aquatic posture and schlumpy posture, noting the diferent sensations and noting how the two postures affect the quality and result of your motions.

Index of all the workout terms, sets, concepts, etc. that have links in the workouts.

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