Impington Masters Swimming – Head Coach – Nick Lomax

Nick joined the Impington Masters group as coach in July 2019 and has gradually built on the amazing work done by Liz and the other coaches over the last few years to keep the sessions challenging and fun – and to welcome as many new members as the lane loading will permit!

A little about Nick…

I’ve been a lifelong swimmer, competing at Club level as a youngster and then taking part in sprint and Olympic distance triathlon into my twenties and thirties. I now train as much as I can for longer distance open water events, fitting in these challenges around my coaching and teaching wherever possible. When I am not in the pool, and time allows I can be found out on the road bike and trying to keep up with my two young sons.

As well as coaching the Monday and Thursday squads for the Masters, I spend a huge amount of the time at the pool (more on poolside than in the water these days unfortunately) teaching swimming at all levels – from novice through to Ironman swimmers, with my own coaching company Swimtelligence and as part of the IVC teaching team.

I also coach the popular Swimfit classes at the IVC pool (not to be confused with Aquafit!), blending a club style session with Crossfit for a full body dryland and pool based workout….a tough 60 minutes for all and a number of the Masters group use the sessions for some cross training. 

My focus for the sessions with the Masters is to ensure that everyone gets the most out of each swim, whatever their motivation and focus.  Each lane has a specific workout programmed for them dependent on each lane’s ability, with everyone working to a central theme with varied distance and intensity. One of my main drives is ensuring that we create as much opportunity as possible for swimmers to progress – there is nothing better than seeing someone start in lane 4 as they regain fitness and technique and then gradually get promoted through the lanes as their ability and speed improves.  Equally it is great to see the squads catching up, joking and keeping the social side of the club at the heart of everything that we do.

There are also group exercises, monthly stroke clinics and main set challenges… examples of these are the Tour De France stage we did and the hill challenges, adapted for the pool – which you can see in the sample sessions on the website.

My time so far with the Impington Masters squads has been fantastic, and despite the untimely halt to swimming at the moment due to the Covid 19 pandemic, I can’t wait to get the gang together again for our sessions and put into place loads of the planning and ideas that I have in store for them!