Swimming From Home Talk Show: Caeleb Dressel Challenges Himself to Say No

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Olympic and World Champ Caeleb Dressel took some time out of his busy day to let us know what he’s spending his quarantine doing. Dressel is one of the few who is still able to swim on a daily basis (as of when this interview was conducted) at a pool in a neighboring town, for which Dressel is grateful. But even though he might not be pushing it to the max in the pool, Dressel isn’t taking a break.

Training is Dressel’s favorite part of swimming; he loves the grind. So one thing he’s doing to challenge himself (besides doing “Core-intine workouts”) is challenging himself in numerous ways to say no. He’s seeing how disciplined he can be in numerous aspects of his life, from phone time to diet to sleep.

If you want to get to know a more personal side of Caeleb Dressel, check out his podcast with former Florida swimmer Ben Kennedy here.

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Sun Yangs Hammer

*With Ben Kennedy who’s at the UF law school. Although Lawless would be a better name for a lawyer

Ol' Longhorn

This has to be the lowest ever comment number for a title with “Caeleb Dressel” in it. The man’s going through pre-workout withdrawal and only Coleman’s there to film it.

Irish Ringer

At least for now he’s saying no to changing in the stall 🙂

Participant Ribbon

Technically Coleman isn’t here filming it. See these young rascals are doing one of those remote video calls using something like Skype, Facetime or Zoom. 🙂

Ol' Longhorn

True — but gee, do those get posted somehow as a video recording on a separate website days later? I’m really too old if they can do that. smh

Participant Ribbon

Haha, no I’m just giving you a hard time and I would be curious how he’s doing these. They could be recording these on one platform and then uploading to YouTube later or they could be live streaming directly to YouTube. Either way it’s pretty cool they have this ability given the current circumstances.


He should just taper, do a time trial for his main events to see some payoff for his season of training, and then take a break before starting back up the grind.


I’ve been wondering whether anybody is doing this, for the psychological benefits if nothing else.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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