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Jenna Randall blogs from San Francisco training camp

19 January 2011

Commonwealth silver medallists Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison are fine-tuning their preparation for the 2011 season at a three-week training camp in San Francisco. Catch up with the latest from the girls as they get to grips with their new duet techinical programme.

Ok so we've now done nearly two weeks of this camp - here's some more info about why we're here and how it came about.

We weren't getting the marks we wanted so this year we've gone for a more upbeat, fun routine!

The whole GB team worked with Tammy McGregor (USA head coach at the Beijing Olympics) last year leading up to the World Cup in China.

She taught us a lot of new skills and we improved so much in a small amount of time working with her so Biz (Price, National Performance Director) decided to send me (Jenna Randall) and Olivia Allison to America to train the duet with her.

My back injury last year meant Olivia and I couldn't train the duet until the last few months of 2010 so we lost many hours of practice. So hopefully this intense three week camp will help us catch up with the hours we missed!

We decided to change our duet tech from last year because we found it was too slow compared to the other countries. Although our routine was very different from everyone else, we weren't getting the marks we wanted so this year we have gone for a more upbeat, fun routine!

We are living with the Simonelli family out here which live about  five minutes away from the pool so it's very handy for us.

The Simonellis have a 11-year old daughter called Lauren (pictured above) who also does synchro at the Aquanuts Club (which we are now official members of).

She loves synchro and is really excited to have us staying here as she is obsessed the 2012 Olympics and is flying over to London to come watch the synchro!

The coaches here have a saying - 'If you're not crying then your flexibility isn't going to improve!'

We haven't seen the club train yet because we're in the pool in the mornings when Tammy is free but we've been asking about their training routine and it is pretty intense!

From seven years old old they do about 19 hours a week, three of which are working solely on core and flexibility.

They have many coaches from all over of the world coaching the girls at the club, some of which have coached at the top level of synchro giving the girls great knowledge and skills from the beginning of their careers.

The club even do a camp for anyone around the world to train with top US coaches including Tammy McGregor (for more info click here)

For us, the training out here is more focused on the intensity of the session and not the amount of hours you train for.

For example, Olivia and I do three and a half hours in the pool of synchro, one hour of speed swimming and two hours of core and flexibility a day, as well as an hour weight session three times a week.

The synchro hours are less than what we do at home but it's the intensity the coaches are looking for, so we do less hours but at a higher training standard. This format has improved our sharpness and light look of our routines already in just 10 days.

Also out here they are very much into working a lot on flexibility. They have a saying ' if your not crying then your flexibility just isn't going to improve!'

We had a day off last Sunday which we spent in San Francisco shopping. It was a really nice day and we saw our first street dance performance right outside a shopping centre.

We have another day off this Sunday so we will be going sight-seeing, visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz so we should have some pictures for you on our next blog!


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