Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

The Two Important Nuances of a Great Kicker

I want to bring your attention to two common, but not widely recognized, problems of the kicking motion that adversely affect kicking speed. Neither is related to propulsion, but both are related to frontal drag.

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SwimMom Musings: Pursue Moments

Savor the successes and learn from mistakes. The only real failure is giving up. Swimming is exhilarating. It is also humbling.

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Kick Faster In Freestyle and Dolphin Kick

One of my pet peeves is when coaches refer to the up kick on freestyle (or dolphin kick) as the ‘recovery phase’ of the kick.

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Ultra Short Race Pace Training – The Overload Principle

Courtesy of Ultra Short Race Pace Training International Association – USRPTIA

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Bolles Boys Look to Repeat as Winter Juniors (East) Champs

Coming off a sizzling Fall High School season, the Bolles Sharks boys are looking to repeat as team champions at Winter Junior Championships (East) this week

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Personal Bests: 6 Things To Consider When It Does Not Happen

Courtesy and written by Andrew Beggs With many swimmers well into the midst of their short course season, I thought…

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Female Athletes And Body Image

Courtesy of and written by Laura Quilter. New Zealand representative swimmer and lifesaver with an affinity for writing. Hoping to take what…

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How to Speed Up Your Kick from Hip to Knee to Ankle

The amount of propulsion generated by the kick is arguably the most important difference among fast and not-so-fast swimmers.

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4 Tips On How To Be A Great Swim Parent

We try our best at swim parenting and I don’t know a single swim parent who wants to be the reason our kids get stressed or want to quit.

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It’s Time To Jump In Feet First And Sink Or Swim

It’s been about 14 months since I took up competitive swimming. I grew up with a pool in my backyard, but never began training with purpose until I was nearly 53 years old.

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Six Bad Gym Habits

Bad gym habits. We all have them and we all don’t like to admit that they are there. But, let’s just own our bad habits and fix them!

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5 Tips for When Your Swim Parenting Days Are Numbered

There will come a time when we no longer drive our kids to practice, set up for meets, or drive out of town for meets. With all the time and energy being a swim family, what are parents to do when it’s over?

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Take Part In The Season Of Giving With Athletes Connected

Ninety percent of student-athletes who are struggling with mental health issues do not seek professional help, according to survey research….

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Swimming & What I Learned

Swimming is a big force behind who I am today as a person. The way I think. The way I…

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How To Improve Freestyle Kicking – Video

The speed of the freestyle kick is the baseline speed for your freestyle. The higher the baseline speed (kick speed), the faster you will swim, after adding your pulling motion and body rotation.

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