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Karl checking his 50m time at the US Open!
This is the 3rd installment in a series of blogs I've had running on Karl Krug, a former 9-time All American Auburn University swimmer who moved to Atlanta to continue his swimming career at Swim Atlanta, under coach Chris Davis, after graduating.

Karl swims the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events and suffered a bad back injury while strength training during his senior year at Auburn.

Here are links to the earlier articles I posted on Karl in case you missed them:

Click here for EPTS Athlete Profile on Karl Krug.

Click here for Catching up with Karl!

After moving to Atlanta in January to continue his career at Swim Atlanta, he hired me to do his strength, conditioning, and physical preparation work. We were basically working on a 4 month time frame until Nationals / World Trials, and when coupled with the fact that he had done nothing for the past 3 months due to his back injury, it was looking like a tough feat to get him to where he needed to be.

Unfortunately at Nationals he had a less than stellar performance. In the 100 meter freestyle he had a very small personal record improving his best 100 meter time from a 50.6 to a 50.4 which still placed him way outside of the top 6 he needed to finish in to make the world team.

The 50 meter freestyle proved worse as he finished with a 22.7 which was 0.2 seconds slower than he personal best of 22.5. He ended up placing 8th in the 50 meter, an event in which only the top 2 move on to the World team.

While he was disappointed, like any good athlete, he and his coach went back to the drawing board to evaluate what could have been done better. Since Karl was still pretty worn out, they decided that the 2 week taper in both his swimming volume and strength & conditioning volume wasn't long enough. The new plan was to enter him in the US Open held in California about a month after the Nationals / World Trials after an extended taper.

To say this worked wonderfully would be a huge understatement!

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Karl showing a little "KettleGuard-love" during his dry-land energy systems training!
The week of the US Open I got a text from on the Tuesday of the 100 meter - "I hit a new personal record in the 100m quals, I'm going to drop a bomb tonight!" That "bomb" resulted in a new personal best of 49.6 in the 100m! Almost a full second off his time at Nationals!

Saturday was his main event, the 50m freestyle. No word from Karl all day. Worry sets in. Then after a late dinner with my wife in downtown Atlanta I checked my voicemail as we were leaving the restaurant and had a message from Karl's dad that I needed to talk to my "star athlete". It turned out that Karl won the US Open title in the 50 meter freestyle with a HUGE personal best of 22.1, over a half second faster than his time at Nationals! In addition this win qualified Karl for the National team.

So after just 5 months of training following a 3-month layoff from a serious lumbar disc herniation Karl is back in the water, bigger, stronger, and faster than ever! With Coach Davis' training approach, supplemented by our physical preparation plan you can expect to see more titles and more records with Karl's name attached!

Congrats Karl! You deserve 
 


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Great work Karl & Scott, keep it up. I'll have to come out to Georgia again to train EF.

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Thanks Jeff! You need to get back down here man!

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