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How Swimmers Can Get Started with Visualization and Imagery

When Adam Peaty got behind the blocks at the Rio Olympics he was calm and confident. Here’s how he used visualization to crush the WR and win gold.

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Caeleb Dressel and the Power of External Self-Talk

Here’s how external self-talk, or talking to yourself, can help you keep cool under pressure when things get tough at the pool.

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Struggling to Stay Motivated? Try This Instead

We all battle with moments of low motivation from time to time. Here’s a way to make your motivational struggles a little less struggley.

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Tom Dolan: Adversity is Confidence in Disguise

Tom Dolan battled through exercise-induced asthma and a narrow windpipe to become one of the greatest IM specialists in history.

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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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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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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 you can learn from Michael Phelps’ full race day routine.

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Dana Vollmer: Stay Calm in the Storm by Finding Your Anchor

The pressure of competitive is very real. Here’s one Olympian’s advice on how to manage the stress and anxiety of racing.

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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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Natalie Coughlin and the Power of Being Focused in the Water

Here’s how Natalie Coughlin harnessed the power of intense focus in practice to deliver epic and gold-medal winning performances on race day.

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12 Ways Coaches Can Help Their Swimmers Get Laser Focused

Focused swimmers are more engaged and improve at a faster clip than their day-dreaming teammates. Here’s how to build a culture that develops focus.

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Trust the Process

If it’s success you want with your swimming, stop obsessing over the outcome and results and start focusing on the process.

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5 Mental Toughness Lessons from Olympic Champ Kieren Perkins

Kieren Perkins was the dominant distance swimmer of the 1990s. Here’s the legend’s advice on how swimmers can get mentally tough.

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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

Here are some of breaststroke ace Adam Peaty’s tips on how to be world-class between your ears so that you can dominate the pool, too.

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