Articles by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

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How to Be More Fearless During the Main Set

The main set is the meat potatoes of your swim practice. Are you giving it all of the effort that your swimming and big goals deserve?

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3 Ways Swimmers Can Manage Distractions on Race Day

There’s lots going on when you step up on the blocks. Here is how to manage internal and external distractions so that you can swim fast when it matters most.

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How Swim Coaches Can Help Develop Highly Motivated Swimmers

Hey coaches–Here are some long-term strategies that you can use to help motivate your swimmers so that they maximize their time in the water.

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7 Ways for Swimmers to Build Confidence as Pre-Race Anxiety Kicks In

You’ve trained long and hard to perform your best on race day. Here is how to keep those pre-race jitters from holding you back from swimming like a champ.


Fast Swimmers Learn from Their Failures

Every swimmer will encounter adversity and failure on their journey in the pool. The fast swimmers are the ones who learn from their setbacks.

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A Swim Practice to Help You Develop Legendary Closing Speed

This swim practice is designed to give you the endurance to come back strong on the back half of your races. Let’s get after it.

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My Favorite Trick for Helping Swim Practice Go By Faster

Swim practices can drag on when our mind wanders. Here is one of my favorite ways of staying ‘in the moment’ which will also help you swim faster.


Try this goal setting strategy if you are struggling with hard goals

Big goals are great. But often, open goals, or “curiosity goals” can be just the thing we need to accomplish hard things in the water.

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Try This Dryland Tip to Fire Up Your Freestyle Kick

Want to power up your kick? Here’s a quick dryland tip you can use to unleash a faster and more powerful freestyle kick in the water.

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Why Your Coach Makes You Train Your “Off” Strokes

We all have the things we excel at—and things we don’t—in the water. Strokes included. Here is why coach is having you train them.


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.


“Help–other swimmers on my team are swimming fast and I’m not.”

When teammates perform well, and you don’t, you are provided an opportunity to supercharge your own improvement. Here’s how.


How to Build a Pre-Race Routine to Dominate Your PB’s

Ready to smash some PB’s? Here are some ideas for how to build a legendary pre-race routine so that you are locked in on race day.

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This is How Powerful a Process-Based Mindset Can Be

Unsure just how helpful a process-based mindset can be in the water? Here’s an example of what this mindset can do for your swimming.

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Eddie Reese’s Favorite Sets for Getting Swimmers in Shape

The man. The legend. The staggering number of titles. Here are some of legendary swim coach Eddie Reese’s favorite sets for getting swimmers in shape.