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How to Eat Optimally During a Championship Phase

Good nutrition is an important component of an elite athlete’s training, so it should be equally important during championship meets.

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4 Ways to Optimize your Time Prior to a Championship Meet

As the physical demand of training lightens with taper and you spend less time at the pool, how you manage the remaining hours in your day becomes more critical.

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How to Nail the Taper

Reach your body’s peak performance level by diminishing training volume—enabling your body to recover from the physiological stress of months of heavy training. Literature suggests the taper period should involve a reduction to 40-60% of one’s training volume to maximize performance gains.

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Leila Vaziri Technique Tips: Freestyle hand position (Video)

Swimming requires a certain amount of feeling and grip of the water – correlating to your hand. Your palm should be flat, creating a gentle pull on the water. Your fingers are slightly spread apart.

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Leila Vaziri Technique Tips: Backstroke head position (Video)

This week, swim coach Leila Vaziri takes on backstroke head position in her weekly series of technique videos.

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The Top 4 Rules For Post Swim Meet Recovery

With several meets upon us in a short summer season, recovering quickly from long competitions is important to maintaining consistency in your training. When you finish that final race on Sunday, take your recovery seriously in order to re-focus your energy heading into another week of training.

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3 Steps to Better Body Position in Swimming

Giving your body the best opportunity to maintain form during a race will help you finish stronger. Let’s discuss how to improve your body position.

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5 Ways to Accelerate your Recovery in Swimming

It’s preseason. Training is at the top of your priority, and your recovery is essential to getting through the next few weeks of high intensity workouts. For the 19-20 hours in the day that you spend off the pool deck, you have complete control over your recovery and how well you treat your body.

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3 Healthy Dessert Alternatives During Competition Season

This time of year is particularly busy for swimmers. Let’s take a look at three alternatives you can incorporate into your diet to help you stay committed to proper nutrition.

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How to Strength Train on the Pool Deck

No Weight Room? No Problem! Let’s discuss all the equipment and tools you may need to execute proper strength training on the pool deck.

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4 Tips for Easier Summer Swim Meet Travel

Summer meets can be long and your amount of travel can quickly add up. Elite athletes respond to these circumstances by staying consistent with their routines and continuing to treat their bodies well with healthy choices on the road.

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How To Blast Better Breakouts In Swimming

The fastest part of your swim is the first underwater following the dive. The next fastest part is your underwater following the turn. How good your breakouts are determines how much of that speed you can carry into the swim.

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Indicators – a Lesson in Mental Preparation

The dictionary defines indicator- as something “to give evidence of.” Have you ever used indicators to help you believe in yourself and get mentally ready for a big meet?

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3 Steps to Overnight Swim Meet Recovery

From the moment finals end until prelims begin the next morning, you have the greatest opportunity to maximize your recovery. Knowing how to take control of those 12-16 hours away from the pool will help you perform at your best throughout the meet.

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How to Recover Between Races

Proper race recovery strategies maximize a swimmer’s ability to perform well in multiple races and on multiple days at a meet. These strategies are perfected throughout the year, so when the competition comes around they are an integrated and expected component of the athlete’s routine.

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