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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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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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Fun Trivia You Never Knew About Swimming

Swimming as a sport is over 10,000 years old. Over the years much has changed and we have lost track of some of our history. So, today I take a break from stroke mechanics and training concepts to have a little fun with the history of swimming, so enjoy these fun facts about swimming you…

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Chlorine and your Hair: it can be better

“Regular exposure to chlorine and minerals can cause lasting damage to your hair. Chlorine strips your hair of the natural oils that lubricate and protect it. Once the oils have been stripped, other minerals begin to build up around the hair follicles. This process can cause your hair to become dry, weighted down, or (in…

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Some Chlorine Myths

Managing pool chemicals can get confusing and more complicated than most non-pool professionals realize.  Read on to bust some of the myths I hear all the time: Your pool uses a salt water or saline system, so you don’t have chlorine in your pool. Sorry to tell you, but salt or saline systems simply use…

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Workout Basics

So, you’re hitting the pool to swim a workout.  Here are some basics concepts I want you to keep in mind when planning your swim: Warm-up: Always tart with a short warm up.  The warm up’s primary intent is to start getting the joints loosened and moving freely. You don’t want to do extensive stretching…

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Training Open Water vs. The Pool

Every spring many of my triathlete swimmers head out to the lake and I don’t see them again until late fall when the weather and water become too cold for training swims, even with a wetsuit on. Are you one of these swimmers? If you are this is for you. As an open water distance…

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Maximizing what you get from your pool time

Whether you swim fourteen practices a week or two; 3 hours or 30 minutes. I want you to get the most out of the time you have to put in. I have put together a short list of key ideas to help build your workouts around: Swim on interval. Not all yardage has to be…

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