Articles by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

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Give the Gift of a High-Performance Mindset This Year

Looking for the perfect gift for the elite-minded swimmer in your life? Maybe a little something-something for yourself? Here’s how Conquer the Pool will help turn their (or your) swimming up to eleven.

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How to Use Regret to Swim Faster and Smarter

Regret. We fear and loathe it. Here is how to use it to make positive changes over the course of your swimming career.

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25 Powerful Ways for Swimmers to Stay Motivated All Season

Here’s a 25 tip breakdown for swimmers on how to stay motivated for the long haul of a typical season.

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6 Under-appreciated Truths of Fast Swimming

Swimming at an elite level requires talent, hard work and a solid support system. Here are 6 other under-appreciated truths of swimming fast.

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You’re a Mentally Tougher Swimmer Than You Realize

What separates the elite swimmer from the rest? And what accounts for a less-than-talented swimmer achieving at the highest levels? A little something called mental toughness.

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How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable in Training

Improvement comes just beyond our comfort zone. Here’s how to get cozy with the scary unknown in the pool.

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You’re Never So Good That You Can’t Help with the Lane Ropes

You can tell a lot about swimmers during the last ten minutes of practice. Here’s what helping with the equipment says about you.

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7 Misconceptions About Mental Training for Swimmers

There’s a lot of confusion around mental training. Here’s what it can and can’t do for you and your swimming.

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Surprise: Hard Workouts Make Us Grouchy (and What We Can Do About It)

by Olivier Poirier-Leroy. Join his weekly motivational newsletter for competitive swimmers by clicking here. “Whatever,” I grumbled under my breath, looking…

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How to Develop Next Level Resilience in the Pool

Grit, mental toughness, fortitude—whatever we’re calling it this week, is essential to your swimming success. Here’s why resilience is the difference maker you’ve been looking for in the pool.

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How to Get Fired Up to Go to Swim Practice Today

Need some help to get hyped up to crush it at practice today? We got ya covered.

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Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

Stumbles, setbacks and failures are a natural part of the upwards trajectory of our swimming. What will your reaction be when the inevitable setback happens to you in the pool?

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5 Training Milestones That Kick a Metric Ton of Butt

Training is tough. It’s challenging. But with the grind comes a heap of awesomeness. Here are 5 awesome training milestones.

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6 Toxic Thoughts Every Swimmer Should Drop

Maximizing your potential in the pool is hard enough without having to deal with self-inflicted negativity. Here are 6 toxic thoughts every swimmer should drop.

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What to Do When You Are Having a Bad Swim Practice

Frustrated with the way training is going? Here is a 3-step plan for battling back from your next bad swim practice.

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