The Magic of Swimming

Tim Elson: “I’m here to tell you that anyone can experience the magic effects of swimming…”


3 Sleep Habits to Boost Your Performance

Swimmers see 3 to 4 sunrises per week, often warming up in the dark before dawn. It is difficult to get up early and work your tail off in the pool at 5 a.m., but it is even harder if you aren’t getting your proper shut-eye.

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5 Ways to Prepare for your First College Swimming Championships

#4 – Expect the unexpected as you prepare for your first college swimming championships.


THE VIKING MANIFESTO Part 4: LCHF and Energy Metabolism Within the Muscle

In part 4, the Viking looks to show that the implications for adaptation to the low-carb, high-fat diet go beyond long-distance swimming at low intensity levels.


6 Reasons to Push Through Championship Swimming Season

If you’ve been feeling burnt out lately, it’s ok. It’s been a long season, and even though we’re on the home stretch, it can be hard to motivate yourself.

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3 Tips to Help You Enjoy Swim Practice and Conquer Swimming Dread

Everyone experiences the distinct, anxiety-inducing thoughts of the cold water and the long workout ahead, but the truth is, the feelings of reward and satisfaction after a swim are irreplaceable.

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6 Things to Do Before Swimming Your First College Championship Mile

Since the mile isn’t a part of the regular meet schedule but happens to be swum at most championships meets, the coming of the mile is something of an event.


3 Ways to Recover Faster Between Prelims and Finals

Good recovery between prelims and finals sessions at a meet has a huge impact on how you race in finals. The second half of the day demands much more energy, excitement, and, most importantly, mental and physical preparedness.


Sportsmanship and Swimming

With the excessive celebrations of athletes in football and basketball, or the fights that take place during games, it seems playing clean and having respectful attitudes has disappeared. But what about swimming?


Shouts from the Stands: Story of Two Champions Behind Cleveland State’s Fast Pool

Dave Guinther: Most people know why The Robert F. Busbey Natatorium was way ahead of its time when completed in 1972 (big gutters, bright lights, integrated diving well, no windows, etc.). Here’s “the rest of the story”.

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THE VIKING MANIFESTO Part 3: LCHF and Aerobic Capacity

In part 3, the Viking talks about how a low-carb, high-fat LCHF diet matters to you, the swimmer or swim coach.


5 Other Sports Swimmers Might Try and What to Expect

“During down times of the day, we compare sports and talk about workability and cross-sport conversion. After a particularly spirited discussion about rowing and swimming, I decided to research the issues swimmers might face if they attempt to crossover and do their best Bo Jackson impersonation.”


THE VIKING MANIFESTO Part 2: Energy Systems and Swim Training 101

The Viking covers the three energy systems that contribute to the different intensities of athletic movement and how those relate to swim training.