Articles by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

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

Breaking news you already knew–tough bouts of training make you cranky. Here’s how to cope during hard stretches of training.

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Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

Setbacks and failures are a natural part of the upwards trajectory of our swimming. What will your reaction be when setbacks happen to you in the pool?

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7 Misconceptions About Mental Training for Swimmers

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

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3 Things Swimmers Can Do Daily to Build Self-Confidence

Struggling to consistently be confident? Here are three things you can do each day at the pool to keep your self-confidence high.

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Why Swimmers Should Peer Mentor Younger Teammates

We’ve all heard of the buddy system and mentoring. Here’s how peer mentoring can boost team culture, increase sense of belonging, and help swimmers improve.

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5 Things You Can’t Control in the Pool (and What to Focus on Instead)

Are you spending your energy and focus on the right things in the water? Give your performance a boost by investing your effort in the right areas.

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10 Things That Have Nothing to Do With Talent

Much is made about having lots of talent. But talent alone doesn’t make champion swimmers. Here’s what to focus on instead.

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The Power of Journaling for Swimmers

Want better workouts? A bullet-proof race plan? Less anxiety behind the blocks? Yup—the simple act of journaling can help. Big time. Here’s how.

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The Neat-o Thing That Happens When Swimmers Work Their Mental Training

There are lots of benefits to spending time each day on your mindset. Besides the whole swimming faster thing, here is what else that happens.

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When You Don’t Feel Motivated to Go to Practice

No matter how committed you are to your goals there will be days where the last thing you want to do is go to the pool. Here’s what to focus on.

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How to Prepare for the Moments in the Pool When Things *Really* Hurt

We all experience it at one point or another in training and competition. Here’s how to be mentally prepared to conquer discomfort.

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7 Things Swimmers Can Learn from Nick Saban’s “How Good Do You Want to Be”

What can an elite college football coach teach swimmers about perseverance, mental toughness, and swimming faster than ever? Lots.

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5 Life Lessons You Will Get From Swimming

There is more to the sport of swimming than best times and endless morning workouts with your best friends. Here are some of the lessons from the pool.

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Rowdy Gaines and the Importance of Swimming Regret-Free

The greatest pain comes not in the water. It’s wondering if we could have pushed ourselves a little further. Dealing with the elusive “what if?”

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Olympic Champion Duncan Armstrong: Dream Big, Train Bigger

Australian Duncan Armstrong pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history by asking a simple question: “Why not me?”

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