We consider the singular phases of the smooth finite-gap integrable systems arising in the context of Seiberg-Witten theory. These degenerate limits correspond to the weak and strong coupling regimes of SUSY gauge theories. The spectral curves in such limits acquire simpler forms: in most cases they become rational, and the corresponding expressions for coupling constants and superpotentials can be computed explicitly. We verify that in accordance with the computations from quantum field theory, the weak-coupling limit gives rise to precisely the "trigonometric" family of Calogero-Moser and open Toda models, while the strong-coupling limit corresponds to the solitonic degenerations of the finite-gap solutions. The formulae arising provide some new insights into the corresponding phenomena in SUSY gauge theories. Some open conjectures have been proven.