Olivier Leroy

A Simple Trick to Stop You From Freaking Out Behind the Blocks

Here is one of my favorite tricks for keeping calm behind the blocks, while also helping you swim with more control and speed. Whammy!

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The Swimmer’s Guide to Staying Focused When It Matters

Ever catch yourself drifting off mentally? Here are 3 ways to stay focused.

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Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks

Stumbles, setbacks and failures are a natural part of the upwards trajectory of our swimming. What will your reaction be when the inevitable setback happens to you in the pool?

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How to Develop Next Level Resilience in the Pool

Grit, mental toughness, fortitude—whatever we’re calling it this week, is essential to your swimming success. Here’s why resilience is the difference maker you’ve been looking for in the pool.

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Surprise: Hard Workouts Make Us Grouchy (and What We Can Do About It)

by Olivier Poirier-Leroy. Join his weekly motivational newsletter for competitive swimmers by clicking here. “Whatever,” I grumbled under my breath, looking…

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The Boring “Secret” to Improving Your Underwater Dolphin Kick

Looking to improve your underwater dolphin kick? Here’s why adding one dolphin kick per wall, is the fastest way to…

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Why Your Coach Makes You Train Your “Off” Strokes

We all have the things we excel at—and things we don’t—in the water. Strokes included. Here is why coach is…

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Swim Parents: Your Stress & Expectations Are Contagious

Swim parents want the best for their little swimmers. As it turns out, the stress and expectations you have trickle down to your little athlete.

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How to Fix Your Bad Training Habits

The way that we train in the pool, the way that we compete when it comes time to stepping up on the blocks, is often a mirror of the training habits we hold in the pool.

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The Secret to Conquering Bad Habits? Replacing Them with Good Ones

Our habits predict how well we train today and how we race tomorrow. Here’s how to cultivate better habits in and out of the water.

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How Swimmers Can Supercharge Self-Belief

Having self-belief isn’t sitting around wishing and hoping that you were stronger mentally. You can develop your self-belief just like a muscle. Here’s how.

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17 Things Every Swimmer Does (But Would Never Admit)

We’re a funny bunch. We dunk our heads into water for hours at a time and have staring matches with a black tiled line (usually losing). We don’t shave our bodies for months at a time, and spend thousands of hours training in order to drop tenths or hundredths of a second.

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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Heard a Swim Parent Give Their Kid

Having spent most of my life on deck and in the pool I recently heard the best advice a swim parent give their little swimmer.

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Michael Phelps’ Mom on How to Raise an Olympian

The GOAT’s mom is asked constantly for the secret to success. Her answer? Parents parent, coaches coach, and swimmers swim.

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Are You Mentally Ready to Rock on Race Day?

“Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.”

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