Foam rolling uses your bodyweight against a cylindrical foam roller to produce some of the same positive effects on your body that deep tissue or sports massages provide, at a fraction of the cost.
Spring is a fresh start for swimmers as they re-focus their training toward summer competition. Following taper, a championship meet, and a few days off from practice, however, that “re-focus” part can be difficult. Here are 5 steps to kick start your spring training…
Many swimmers find it harder to race fast in the morning for a number of reasons. Let’s discuss the 4 things you can do to gear up for a clutch morning performance, and ultimately, a dynamite finals session.
In order to reduce stiffness and feel ready to compete, you can gently move your muscles through a few stretches. Stretching boosts blood circulation to muscle tissue, helping your body exchange waste products for oxygen and nutrients.
As we near the end of the academic year, swimming is just beginning to pick up steam. Preparing for final exams and projects can be difficult when swimmers need to travel for competitions and focus on racing.
When athletes travel, external factors in the travel day can be disruptive to their meet preparation. The elite athlete takes steps to minimize any negative impact from traveling—whether or not the day goes as planned. Here are a few tips to help you travel smoothly for a competition.
There are many styles to a relay start. Power and reaction time are critical to all of them. Let’s take a look at the top 3 things you can do to sharpen your relay start.
From the moment you land in a new place for a meet, the rest of your day should follow the same pattern every time you travel—that is to say, what you do on arrival day must become second nature to you.
How you eat is not about calories, “super foods”, or special tricks. It is entirely about how you can best refuel your muscles for the next race while accelerating recovery from the previous one.
Three full days of racing is incredibly taxing, both mentally and physically. Athletes must learn how to take advantage of the high-energy environment without letting it deplete their own energy stores.
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.
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.
On its website, FINA has posted several coaching presentations from its Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic held just before the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar last December.
Indie Swimming: “With Christmas just ahead, it has caused us to reflect on things we are thankful for. With swimming being a big part of our family experience, we decided to list five things each that we appreciated about the USRPT approach to training.”