Olivier Leroy

How Swim Coaches Can Help Develop Highly Motivated Swimmers

Pep talks, watching the epic swims of past Olympians, and an endless barrage of motivational quotes can work in a pinch, but here are some long-term strategies that you can use to help truly motivate your swimmers.

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The Two Words Keeping You From Faster Swimming: “I Can’t”

At some point we have all stood on the brink of a tough workout or big-time race and found ourselves thinking, “I can’t.” Here is what you need to know about these two little words that are keeping you from swimming to your potential.

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The Parent’s Survival Guide for Dealing with a Taper

The taper is a confusing, frustrating and hilariously joyous time. Here is a quick guide for parents on how to deal with the various stages of a tapering swimmer.

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What Swimmers Can Do to Be More Focused at Practice

Being able to control your focus means you are going to swim with better technique, get more enjoyment from the process, and ultimately, swim faster. Here’s the swimmer’s guide to being a focus machine at the pool.

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12 Ways Coaches Can Help Their Swimmers Get Laser Focused

Whether it’s staying dialed in during practice, or managing outside distractions in competition, here are some ways that swim coaches can help their swimmers get and stay focused on what matters.

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“I worry about disappointing my parents.”

Swimming your best means stress and pressure. Often, swimmers also worry about disappointing their swim parents. Here’s how to balance out the swimmer-swim parent relationship so that you can do what everyone wants–to swim fast.

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“Help–other swimmers on my team are swimming fast and I’m not.”

When teammates perform well, and you don’t, you are provided an opportunity to supercharge your own improvement. Here’s how.

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The Pool Belongs to Those Who Show Up

You can’t always control your training environment, and you certainly cannot manipulate how tall or how big your feet and hands become, but there is something you can control about your swimming, and it still counts for quite a bit.

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The Day Bill Pilczuk Shook the Swimming World in Perth

In January 1998 a soft-spoken Bill Pilczuk shook the swimming world when he dethroned the top sprinter in the history of men’s swimming.

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7 Things You Can Do Today for a Better Practice Tomorrow

Want to get ahead of tomorrow’s workout? Here are 7 simple things that you can do today to make sure tomorrow’s practice goes down like a cool glass of success.

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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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Are You Mentally Ready to Rock on Race Day?

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

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Trust the Process

If it’s success you want in the pool, stop worrying about it and start focusing on this instead.

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5 Mental Toughness Lessons from Olympic Champ Kieren Perkins

Kieren Perkins was the dominant distance swimmer of the 1990s, with multiple world records and Olympic gold medals to prove it. Here’s the legend’s advice on how swimmers can get mentally tough.

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6 Cool Things That Happen When Swimmers Improve Their Mindset

Feeling inspired to take your swimming to the next level? Here are 6 benefits of mental training for competitive swimmers.

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