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Swimming with Gators: Gregg Troy’s Favorite Distance Set

The man, the legend, the moustache. Here is a breakdown of Gregg Troy’s favorite distance set that he uses with his swimmers.

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How to Use Motivational Self-Talk to Boost Performance in the Water

Performance is heavily influenced by the self-talk you use. Deploy motivational self-talk (“You got this!”) in your practices to boost strength and endurance.

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Give Your Swim Practices a Big Boost with this Simple Exercise

Want to have more consistent swim practices? Spend a couple moments evaluating what you did in the water for increased self-awareness.

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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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Nelson Diebel and the Power of High Expectations

Overcoming a troubled youth, Nelson Diebel stunned the swimming world winning gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Barcelona Olympics.

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21 Things You Can Learn from the Best Swimmers on the Planet

Want to take things to the next level in the water this season? Learn from the best swimmers in the sport past and present.

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You’re Never So Good That You Can’t Help with the Lane Ropes

You can tell a lot about swimmers during the last ten minutes of practice. Here’s what helping with the equipment says about you.

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5 Ways Swimmers Can Supercharge Their Mindset (That You Can Do Today)

Here are some simple strategies any swimmer can use today in practice to unlock a high-performance mindset in training and competition.

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Give the Gift of a High-Performance Mindset This Year

Looking for the perfect gift for the elite-minded swimmer in your life? This mental training book will give the best gift of all–faster swimming.

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17 Ways to Drive Your Swimming Coach Nuts

Part life coach, part instructor, and part babysitter, our swim coaches have their hands full with us swimmers. Here’s how we drive coach bonkers.

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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 to get started with mastering the little wins.

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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. Here’s how to pump the brakes on overthinking in the pool.

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Elite Swimming Starts with Enjoying the Journey

You don’t learn to enjoy the journey by becoming successful. It’s the opposite. Success comes after you learn to enjoy the process and savor the journey.

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7 Fun Facts About Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Ah yes, the joys of peaking or plateauing! Here’s what swimmers and swim parents need to know about the dreaded age group swimming plateau.

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“Swimming gave me the self-confidence I couldn’t find anywhere else.”

Jeff Float’s journey to Olympic gold illustrates how the power of the sport is felt greatest in helping young people develop confidence and self-belief.

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