How Caeleb Dressel Became the Fastest Swimmer in the World- Coach Reveals Training Journey

Published 11/22/2021, 9:36 AM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


Caeleb Dressel is currently one of the best swimmers in the world. His dedication to honing his craft is incredible. It was through sheer passion and determination that he won five gold medals at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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However, his path to success was not easy. His former coach, Gregg Troy, spoke about how they changed his training routines to make him a superb swimmer.

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Training changes for Caeleb Dressel

Significantly, Troy spoke about how he shaped Dressel into the worldbeater he is now in a recent interview with Brett Hawke. Although Dressel was supremely talented, Dressel’s training routines were completely different.

“In the first two years, we treated him as pretty much a traditional college sprinter. He was a little lighter on the work and built it up as we went through. And then after 16 we took it up a little different notch, took him out of that traditional sprint program,” said Troy.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 29: Caeleb Dressel of United Staes celebrates winning the Men’s 50m Freestyle final during the FINA World Championships at the Duna Arena on day sixteen on July 29, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He spoke about the slow process of building him into a world-class swimmer. With his incredible athleticism and physical capabilities, Dressel focused on training slowly to become the best sprinter inside the pool.

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The shift in training techniques for Dressel

The coach then focused on the training changes he made to tap into Dressel’s undoubted potential.

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“At 16, he trained much more like a little more like a 200 freestyler, a lot of medley work, expanded some of his options, and went a little bit away from the tempo work. Worked a little bit more on endurance, I wouldn’t call it endurance, efficiency. We’re gonna hold on to that stroke and be efficient as we can be,” said Troy.

Dressel’s workouts are extensive, and the care that went into designing them is incredible. Some of his workout routines for developing muscle are incredible. He does Hang clean pulls, snatch, cleans while also focusing on Seated Box jumps, Med Ball Slams, and Weighted Sled Sprints. All these contribute to the successful swimmer he is.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 17: Caeleb Dressel of the United States reacts after competing in the Men’s 100m freestyle final during Day Five of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 17, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The specific attention in training that he received contributed to Caeleb’s rise to the top. And it has been a spectacular rise for the 100m butterfly world record holder.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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