When you fill up your tank at the gas station, usually you are offered three grades of gasoline, regular (low octane 87), mid range (medium octane 91), and premium (high octane 93).
A great backstroke start is a thing of beauty. I liken it to a dolphin leaping out of the water and piercing the water through a hula-hoop, or David Boudia, scoring a perfect 10 off of the 10-meter tower. You see no splash and hear no splash.
First, I want to dispel one myth about breathing during intense exercise. In no sport does an athlete ever take a complete inhalation or expiration.
Nearly all swimmers today use a track start with one foot forward and the other back on the starting block
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Recently I paid a visit to my alma mater, Indiana University, to celebrate the life of the Grand Dame of swimming, Marge Counsilman.
A short-axis stroke is defined as a stroke where there is desirable rotation of the body along the short axis through the middle of the hip, as opposed to the long axis, along the length of the body.
This is one of my favorite sets to do during my hardcore training. And I mean those training days where you are looking to get that heart-rate up, pound the legs and walk away from practice really feeling like you left it all in the pool.
The human body is equipped with two systems to produce energy for fast swimming, aerobic (requires oxygen) and anaerobic(no oxygen required).
This was a test set that I did over a five week period to work on endurance and pacing to get ready for the season. It was designed to work as a progression set, starting early during the practice.
Frontal drag is the number one enemy of the swimmer. Swimming is arguably the most technique sensitive sport on the planet.
There are a ton of different ways swimmers are looking to get better nowadays. Whether it’s experimenting with a new type of training or trying out a new product – swimmers are curious creatures.
Oftentimes in swimming, it is said that a flip turn will make or break a race. Considered to be a “blind” turn, a swimmer’s head should stay directly in line with their body and not look around at their competition when completing the motion.
In today’s swimming world, many swimmers are forced to taper down twice during a short period of time.
As a former swimmer, long course was always my much better of the two version.
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