Training Intel

Yoga for Swimmers: Four Essential Yoga Poses for Every Swimmer

Find out what four yoga poses swimmers can use to relieve tightness and tension in the chest, shoulders, hips and quads.

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Is Butterfly Swimming A Short-Axis Stroke?

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.

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Keep Your Head Still In Backstroke

Many years ago, I was coaching a ten year old swimmer that had a bad habit of turning her head to one side with each right arm recovery in backstroke.

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Want to Be Mentally Tougher This Season? Sleep More

Mental toughness isn’t just about being more gritty than the next swimmer; it’s about taking care of yourself between practices. Here’s how sleep will help you be more resilient this season.

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Why Change is So Hard in the Pool (and How to Make it Easier)

If it’s big-time success in the pool you want, start by thinking small. Here’s how.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Lots of Vertical Kicking This Season

Vertical kicking is one of the best ways to develop a crazy-fast kick, improve your core strength, and become a more proficient dolphin kicker. Here are five reasons to sub in vertical kicking into your training this season.

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FINIS Set Of The Week: Sculling For Days

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.  

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3 Ways To Evaluate A Swimmer For Breaststroke Kick

Flexibility is a huge part of a swimmer’s ability. In freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, there are two joints that require extraordinary flexibility in order to excel, the shoulders (particularly extension) and plantar flexion of the ankle.

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AQUA BOOM® Back and Free Work With VOLS Coach Matt Kredich

The AQUA BOOM®  is a revolutionary fitness device that facilitates full-body conditioning. It is the only equipment on the market utilizing buoyancy and viscosity for a low-impact, high-intensity workout appropriate for every athlete.

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Shoulder Injury Awareness: First Step Towards Injury Prevention

The shoulder is a complex joint that keeps your arm from its natural desire to fall out of its socket while enabling a wide range of motion in all 3 planes.

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The Best Breathing Pattern In The 100 Freestyle

The human body is equipped with two systems to produce energy for fast swimming, aerobic (requires oxygen) and anaerobic(no oxygen required).

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10 Things That Have Nothing to Do With Talent

Much is made about having lots of talent. But talent alone doesn’t make champion swimmers. And it’s something you also don’t control. Here’s what to focus on instead.

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FINIS Set Of The Week: Early Season Pace Work

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.

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The Simple and Sneaky Mental Trick That Will Help You Swim Faster

We all want to experience the peak of our abilities in the pool. Here’s one way sneaky way to get more from yourself in practice and competition.

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Swim Clubs Turn to In-House Dryland Specialists

How can swim coaches become dryland experts?

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