Posts Tagged ‘swimming advice’

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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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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Resilience at Swimmeets

The dictionary defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.  Resilience is an important concept for a successful multi-day meet. When you are training hard your body’s ability to recover between workouts is a key element to your success.  If you go to a three- or four-day meet, but you never train…

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What’s in my gear bag

I carry two bags to the pool every day. My “swim” bag and my “gear bag”.  In last week’s post I gave you a peak into my swim bag. This week I will look into my gear bag must haves. I hope these peaks into my bags help you be prepared for your trips to…

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What’s in my swim bag

I carry two bags to the pool every day. My “swim” bag and my “gear bag”.  In today’s post I will discuss my swim bag necessities and next week will address my gear bag must haves. I hope these peaks into my bags help you be prepared for your trips to the pool. Swim suit: …

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Swim Camps: not just for kids!

Swim camps as an age grouper are both fun and effective for helping develop young swimmers. If you missed out on this experience as a kid or want to relive the great time you had at camp as a youth, swim camps are master friendly.  Over the years many quality swim camps have come up…

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Olympic Size Deception

Have you ever noticed advertisements for places that have an Olympic-size pool? I’ve seen this as part of the ad for community pools, schools, and even the occasional hotel ad. It sounds good, until you discover that to pool is only 25 yards, or even shorter. I want to say something to those organizations: An…

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Connect the Dots to Swim Faster

Connection is an important concept for swimming faster, but not often discussed. Simply put connection is all of the motions in a stroke flowing smoothly together to maximize the production and delivery of power to create forward momentum. What does that mean to your stroke? When we develop our stroke mechanics it is common to…

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Swim Faster Backstroke: Control your Backstroke Breathing

Backstroke it the only one of the four competitive strokes that does not automatically force some level of control on your breathing. The sequence of each stroke provides a built-in moment where your face is in the water creating a regulated breathing pattern. Backstroke’s face out aspect allows for uncontrolled breathing, this I not a…

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Job One of Swimming Freestyle

  The first skill to work on to improve your freestyle is not your pull or breathing, but your body alignment. Don’t swim with your head up, that is to say your head tilted enough to allow you to see the line on the bottom of the pool in front of you.  Instead, keep your…

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