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What Swimmers Need to Know About Performance Anxiety and Pre-Race Butterflies

Performance anxiety and butterflies are a normal part of the competition experience. Here’s what swimmers need to know about being ready to rock on race day.

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Regan Smith: You Don’t Know What’s Possible (Until You Do It)

Regan Smith’s performance at Worlds was epic. Here is what the rest of us can learn from her limit-shattering performances.

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What to Do When Tough Sets Scare the Chlorine Out of You

Tough sets and workouts will always be hard. It’s how you mentally approach them that dictates just how hard you want to make them.

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Why You Should Grade Your Swim Practices

How things go on race day is decided by the average of how your swim practices go. Here’s how grading your workouts will help you be more consistent.

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Give Your Swim Practices a Big Boost with this Simple Exercise

Want to have more consistent swim practices? Spend a couple moments evaluating what you did in the water for increased self-awareness.

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How to Use Motivational Self-Talk to Boost Performance in the Water

Performance is heavily influenced by the self-talk you use. Deploy motivational self-talk (“You got this!”) in your practices to boost strength and endurance.

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7 Ways to Use Your Swimming Log More Effectively

A logbook is a swimmer’s secret weapon for better training. Here are 7 powerful ways to make the most of your swimming log.

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Swimming with Gators: Gregg Troy’s Favorite Distance Set

The man, the legend, the moustache. Here is a breakdown of Gregg Troy’s favorite distance set that he uses with his swimmers.

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17 Ways You Know You Are a Distance Swimmer

The distance competitive swimmer has their own set of struggles. Here are 17 ways you know that you are a distance swimmer.

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How Caeleb Dressel Deals with a Frustrating Swim Practice

Bad practices happen to us all. Here’s how the fastest swimmer on the planet adjusts when things aren’t going his way at practice.

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Alex Popov and the Power of Training the Way You Wanna Compete

Alexander Popov is one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Here’s what you can learn from his relentless pursuit of perfection in practice.

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Nelson Diebel and the Power of High Expectations

Overcoming a troubled youth, Nelson Diebel stunned the swimming world winning gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Barcelona Olympics.

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Why Change is So Hard in the Pool (and How to Make it Easier)

If it’s big-time success in the pool you want, start by thinking small. Here’s how to get started with mastering the little wins.

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7 Fun Facts About Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Ah yes, the joys of peaking or plateauing! Here’s what swimmers and swim parents need to know about the dreaded age group swimming plateau.

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Pro Tip: How to Power Up Your Self-Talk This Season

You probably already know how powerful motivational and positive self-talk can be for swimming like a boss. Here’s a way to make your self-talk even stronger.

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