COVID-19

Welcome to our page about training and sessions during the lockdown period when we are not in the pool.

Even though our pools are currently closed due to the Coronavirus there are a range of different activities and sessions happening. We are using a free to use software called Zoom, we host sessions that the swimmers can interact with each other and their coaches. 

See the timetable below for all the different activities available during the closure.

Penguin training timetable Apr 20

Email polly.mullen@bristolpenguins.com if you can’t find the links to access the sessions (they’ve been emailed out and are on the Penguins Parents’ Facebook page).

Fitness sessions

Using the live Zoom platform we have created sessions for the swimmers to take part in to keep up their fitness. This is also a great opportunity for the swimmers to catch up with their friends and the coaches. There is a different focus to each session which lasts about 30 minutes.  The sessions are fun and enjoyable to take part in! 

We have Live Zoom sessions for the club on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

To make it accessible for all (including siblings and parents), we’ve split the club into the following groups:

Fitness 1 for Gold +, Gold, Youth Club + and Youth Club members at 4-4.40pm.

Josh Jobbins leads the sessions which focus on lower and upper body workouts, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and also activities such as yoga and relaxation. 

David Cousins

Fitness 2 for Silver, Bronze and Age Group Club members at 5.20-6.00pm. 

David Cousins leads the sessions which focus on lower and upper body workouts, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and also activities such as balancing and streamlining.

Fitness 3 for the Development Squads, Swim Academy and Junior Club members at 4.30-5.10pm.

Joel Howard leads the sessions which focus on core workouts, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and also activities such as stability and learning how to perform the exercises performed during the sessions. 

Fitness MA for Masters swimmers and also the parents of swimmers at 8.00-8.40pm. 

John Ferguson leads the sessions which focus on lower and upper body workouts, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and also fun social activities.

YouTube Fitness Videos

To complement the live zoom fitness sessions there will also be short YouTube videos for all the squads. These can be used at anytime during the day as they are not live and will remain on the Penguins YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPCAyvJwCmCt6VhtXYIfwzw

These are posted by 1pm Sundays to Fridays on the YouTube channel and are split into the same fitness groups as the Zoom sessions.

Strava

Head Coach Josh Jobbins has set up a Strava club for parents and swimmers. Log runs, bike rides and many other activities on here. There is a 5km challenge so have a go. Let’s get the competition going!

https://www.strava.com/clubs/632945/members

Parents’ Talks

This is a live zoom session at 7pm on Wednesdays specially for all parents of swimmers. David Cousins leads these sessions on a variety of different topics each week. 

Coming up in the next few weeks:

  • 13/05 – Bristol Penguins Club Structure
  • 20/05 – Open Water Swimming
  • 26/05 – Becoming an Official

To catch up on information from previous talks, click on the links below:

Coaches Talks

This is a live zoom session that is for all swimmers of every squad on Thursdays at 5.30pm. This session is led by a different coach from the coaching team each week and has a different focus each session such as the importance of hydration, the importance of warm-ups and cool-downs and also about relaxation. 

Coming up in the next few weeks:

  • 07/05 – Running Basics
  • 14/05 – Energy Systems
  • 21/05 – HIIT: Why we do it

To catch up on sessions you’ve missed, check out the YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPCAyvJwCmCt6VhtXYIfwzw/videos clips:

  • Performance Profiling for Swimmers led by Kirsty 

Funday Friday

John-Paul HolmesFridays at 7.15pm there is a live Funday Friday Zoom session that is for all the family!  These are run by JP Holmes with a ‘Host of the week’ and include different events from quizzes to scavenger hunts to live cooking!  These sessions are fun and are intended to bring everyone together during this strange time. 

Coming up in the next few weeks:

  • 15/05 – Live Cooking
  • 22/05 – Race Night

Welfare

We realise this is a very difficult time for many families. Please see this letter from our Welfare Officer Ellie Bourdeaux and ways to get help and guidance during this time.

Zoom Code of Conduct

Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club Zoom Usage Code of Conduct