Articles by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

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The Struggle is Real: Balancing Swimming & Academics

Another school year is rolling, which means the eternal struggle of balancing swimming and school is upon you again. Here are 6 tips for overcoming the struggle.

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7 Ways to Swim Better, Faster, Stronger This Year

A new season is coming, and with it, a fresh chance to do it even better. Here are 7 ways to do it better this year.

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The Frustrations of the Up and Coming Swimmer

#1 – You underestimated how much work was needed.

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The Bad Habit That Drives Swim Coaches Crazy

It’s out there on our pool decks. Bad body language. And it drives your coach crazy. Here is how powerful this bad habit can actually be on swimmers.

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10 Things People Say at Swim Meets

The roar of the crowd, the thunderous swimming in the pool and the whistles coaches unleash at their swimmers can make it hard to notice much else but what is happening in the water.

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10 Swim Coach Stereotypes – What Type Is Your Coach?

Swim coaches coach because they love the sport and their athletes. And we love ’em right back. Here are 10 swim coach stereotypes that we see on our local pool decks.

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Can You Swim Faster By Caring Less?

Can we try too hard to achieve our goals in the pool? Is there a point where our passion for our swimming becomes counter-productive?

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The Swimmer’s Guide to Staying Focused When It Matters

Ever catch yourself drifting off mentally? Here are 3 ways to stay focused.

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Why Should I Track My Swim Practices?

Recently I got an email from a young swimmer asking whether he should start writing out his workouts. Here’s an expanded version of my answer.

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7 Ways to Develop a Killer Pre-Race Routine to Swim Out of Your Mind

Ready to build a delightfully awesome pre-race routine to help you swim at your maximum at your next big meet? Start here.

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Staying True to Your Goals: The 4 Stages of Swimming Awesomeness

Achieving big stuff can be confusing and frustrating. Here are the 4 stages that every swimmer goes through on their way to achieving their goals.

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The Swimmer’s 3-Step Strategy for Dealing with a Poor Performance

Even the elite swimmers have bad swims. Here is a simple, yet extremely powerful, 3 step plan for dealing with a poor swim.

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6 Things Swimmers Should Remember When Trying to Improve Technique

Swimming better and faster starts with the ultimate fundamental–proper technique. Here’s what swimmers need to know about getting their technical game tight.

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The Ripple Effect of a Bad Swim Practice

At some point—today, tomorrow, next week—we’ll have a bad practice. Here’s a sneaky way to bounce back quicker.

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A Simple Trick to Stop You From Freaking Out Behind the Blocks

Here is one of my favorite tricks for keeping calm behind the blocks, while also helping you swim with more control and speed. Whammy!

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