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Trust the Process

If it’s success you want in the pool, stop worrying about it and start focusing on this instead.

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5 Mental Toughness Lessons from Olympic Champ Kieren Perkins

Kieren Perkins was the dominant distance swimmer of the 1990s, with multiple world records and Olympic gold medals to prove it. Here’s the legend’s advice on how swimmers can get mentally tough.

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Here’s What Swimmers Can Learn from Michael Phelps’ Pre-Race Routine

How did the greatest swimmer in history prepare on the day of his biggest performances? Here is what swimmers can…

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6 Cool Things That Happen When Swimmers Improve Their Mindset

Feeling inspired to take your swimming to the next level? Here are 6 benefits of mental training for competitive swimmers.

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Adam Peaty’s Tips on Developing a World-Class Mindset

Breaststroke ace Adam Peaty has quickly attained legendary status in our sport. Here are some of his tips on how to be world-class between your ears so that you can dominate the pool, too.

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10 Things Swimmers Can Do for Exceptional Team Culture

A swim team’s culture can boost your chances of success in the water just as easily as it can hold you back. Here’s how you, the elite-minded swimmer, can do your part to create exceptional team culture.

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Olympic Champion Misty Hyman and the Unexpected Benefits of Adversity

It’s five months out from the Sydney Olympics, and American Misty Hyman has decided she’s had enough. The past couple…

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Unleash the Power of Self-Affirmations for Faster Swimming

Affirmations are a proven way to develop a mindset that allows swimmers to get the most of themselves in practice and on race day. Here’s how.

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How to Be a More Committed Swimmer

Have a hard time sticking to your long term commitments in the water? Even your short term ones? Here’s how to get better at the skill of keeping your commitments in training.

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“I Work Hard at Practice… But it Feels Like I’m Not Improving.”

Feeling like you are stuck in the mud with your swimming? Here’s a quick guide to getting unstuck.

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Quick Tip: How to Stop Overthinking Behind the Blocks

Find yourself overthinking behind the blocks? Try this simple trick to make sure that your swim stays “automatic.”

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

Got a perfectly reasonable email from a swimmer recently: “The pain of a challenging set sometimes intimidates me and I…

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Natalie Coughlin and the Power of Being Focused in the Water

Natalie Coughlin is among the winningest swimmers in NCAA and Olympic history. Here’s how she harnessed the power of intense focus in practice to deliver epic performances on race day.

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How to Bounce Back After a Bad Swim Practice

Bad swim practices happen to us all, no matter how well-meaning we are with our swimming. Here’s how to turn things around and get back on track.

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How to Stay Sane and Motivated When You Get Injured

Every swimmer experiences the frustration, helplessness, and depression of being sidelined. Here’s how to stay sane and motivated when injured.

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