Want Some Free Speed in the Water?

Who wouldn’t want to get some extra speed in the pool with no extra work? Here is one easy way to drop time.  Every time you push off the wall you are able to go faster than you can go from swimming. To hold on to the speed you generated pushing off the wall get…

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To breathe (on both sides) or not to breathe

On a weekly basis I troll the internet and read swimming blogs, newsletters, reports, studies and well just about everything I can find. Often, I see patterns emerging, this week I would like to address the battle on bilateral breathing also referred to as breathing on both sides. First let me tell you that I…

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Benefits of Swimming I Bet You Did Not Know

We all hear about the health benefits of swimming.  Makes us fitter and stronger, helps us lose/maintain our weight and provides a host of benefits.  Here is a list of benefits, I bet there is at least one on the list you did not know. Dementia: A twelve-week study showed that swimming improved memory and…

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The Ever-elusive Feel for the Water

I know you have heard some coach say, or read it in an article, and you know you don’t have it. The ever-elusive “feel” for the water. You may not be sure what it is, but you are sure you don’t have it. Let’s look at what it is and simple steps to help develop…

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Cold Water Panic

Recently a Tri-athlete friend of mine told me of her bad experience that now has her a bit panicked when swimming in cold water. Water in the 50s and 60s is commonplace for triathlons and it can lead to bad experiences for many even if you are wearing a wet suit. Here is what can…

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Creating a Strategic Training Plan

Today I would like to introduce a widely used training concept in swimming. A three macro-cycle training program is a simple concept at the high level. Traditionally, each of the three cycles are done for equal amounts of time.  During my look at each of the three cycles I will comment on timing of each,…

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Creating a Strategic Training Plan

Today I would like to introduce a widely used training concept in swimming. A three macro-cycle training program is a simple concept at the high level. Traditionally, each of the three cycles are done for equal amounts of time.  During my look at each of the three cycles I will comment on timing of each,…

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Is Splashing Around a Sport?

There is a new wave in the pool, it is coming from some new sports at the pool. The first is Splashdiving. This newest entry into the world of the pool is judged on making the biggest splash and the twisting and turning you do in the air to add pizazz. The sport has already…

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What to Bring to a Swim Meet

Going to a swim meet? Here are the most critical items to pack. Suits: Yes, plural. Of course, you want to pack your tech suits if you own them. If not decide which suit(s) are best for your races. Don’t stop there, pack several warm-up suits. I often don’t warm-up in my tech suit, they…

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Butterfly: One Dolphin, two kicks

A rookie butterflyer often get confused about the dolphin motion. The butterfly has only one dolphin per arm stroke, but two kicks.  The first kick, is the large kick we see breaking the surface of the water on a proficient butterflyer and help drives us forward. The second, smaller kick is where the beginner often…

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