Articles by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

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How to Stop Overthinking so You Can Swim Your Best

At some point most swimmers have suffered the ill effects of overthinking. It’s been shown to ruin our best intentions and performances with ease. Here’s how to stop overthinking in the pool.

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7 Things You Can Do Today for a Better Practice Tomorrow

Want to get ahead of tomorrow’s workout? Here are 7 simple things that you can do today to make sure tomorrow’s practice goes down like a cool glass of success.

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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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Mike Burton & the “Fast 66”: How Hard Work Shows You What is Possible

Swimmers are prisoners of what they think is possible. Here’s a lesson in how hard work in the pool helps you to redefine what you are capable of in the water.

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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.

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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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5 Life Lessons You Will Get From Swimming

There is so much more to the sport of swimming than best times and endless morning workouts with your best friends. Here are 5 life lessons you’ll pick up during your swimming career.

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The Day Bill Pilczuk Shook the Swimming World in Perth

In January 1998 a soft-spoken Bill Pilczuk shook the swimming world when he dethroned the top sprinter in the history of men’s swimming.

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Swimmers: A Letter from Your Strength Coach

With a totally new environment, new training partners, and the addition of weight training (for many swimmers for the first time), it can be a confusing and frustrating experience.

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A Letter to the Practice Swimmer

Tired of being the swimmer who works hard in practice but can’t rise to the occasion in competition? I got you.

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If You Wanna Train Better, Swim with Faster Swimmers

The people you train with have a strong effect on what kind of effort you are going to give at practice today. Here’s some interesting research on why you should choose to swim with the faster swimmers on your team.

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How to Stay Hyper-Focused All Season

The swim season is a long haul. Here’s a way to keep your focus (and motivation) tight all year long.

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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 help boost team culture, increase sense of belonging, and help swimmers in and out of the water grow.

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7 Reasons Why Caeleb Dressel’s Start is So Deadly

Caeleb Dressel’s start has become a thing of legend. Here are some things you can learn from the fastest swimmer on the planet.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Lots of Vertical Kicking This Season

Vertical kicking is one of the best ways to develop a crazy-fast kick, improve your core strength, and become a more proficient dolphin kicker. Here are five reasons to sub in vertical kicking into your training this season.

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