Archive for June 2017

Warm up vs. Preset

Do you skip the warm up and jump in during the preset?  You know who you are. Warm ups and presets are not the same, each serves a distinct purpose. Here is a brief explanation of the distinct purpose each serve. Warm up:  Gets the muscles moving.  You loosen up the muscles and get the…

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Choosing the Right Pull Buoy

Pull buoys are a great tool.  As a coach, I have my swimmers use them regularly, but I have seen many swimmers who are addicted to the buoyancy they act as a crutch. Here is how you can know if you are addicted to pull buoys: Do you put them on for freestyle main sets,…

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Are You Addicted to Pull Buoys?

  Pull buoys are a great tool.  As a coach, I have my swimmers use them regularly, but I have seen many swimmers who are addicted to the buoyancy they provide as a crutch. Here is how you can know if you are addicted to pull buoys: Do you put them on for freestyle main…

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Distance Freestyle, the 5th Stroke

Most folk talk about the four competitive strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. While not formally recognized, there are in reality, two freestyles, sprint and distance. While nothing is true for all swimmers, and probably nothing is perfectly uniform for athletes in any sport, there are distinct differences between the two. Sprinters generally swim with…

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