Staying focused at practice can be challenging. And for a lot of swimmers, they get a little lost when it comes to focusing properly. Should I be focusing on how much agony I am in? Should I be focusing on my technique when swimming all-out? What should I be focused on during longer distance sets? […]
When dealing with pre-race nerves, or stress before a big, brutal and certified not-awesome main set, the expectation most swimmers have is to rid themselves of the feelings of anxiety. They put on a pair of boxing gloves and try to knock out the stress. Whether it’s by breathing techniques (which can help a little), […]
“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca You are about to walk off the pool deck when coach drops a little fun fact on ya… “Big test set tomorrow morning, have a good night of sleep tonight!” Gulp. You instantly know that it’s not just any test set (1×25 fast would be […]
One of the best strategies for improving rapidly in the water requires you to break apart your Big Goal like a 300-year old foam pull-buoy. Here’s why you should pull your Big Goal apart to maximize progress. There is a TON of utility in having big goals. They inspire us, motivate us, and sharpen our […]
Ah yes, the Big Goal. You know—that pesky personal best time, making the national team, winning an Olympic gold medal. The Big Goal continually runs in the back of your mind like an app on your smartphone. And like the pages of code required to keep an app functioning properly, we imagine the Big Goal […]
Struggling to work through setbacks and deal with pressure? Try this tactic—giving yourself the same advice you’d give a teammate. Giving and receiving advice is a funny thing. When a teammate has a bad race, bombs the main set at practice, or doesn’t make the cut they worked so hard for all year… We’re full […]
Self-talk is a powerful weapon for better workouts and faster races. Here’s a pro tip on making the most of this proven tool.
The way things go for you on race day is decided by the average of how your swim practices go. Here’s a simple way to be more consistent in the pool.
Swimmers have an unbelievable capacity to get better when they practice correctly. While most swimmers will solely view effort as the barometer of a successful swim practice, they don’t always use the right tools to ensure they are getting that high-grade effort when they dive into the water each day at practice. Consistently better-than-average swim […]
Improvement in the water starts by asking the right questions. Here’s how to get unstuck when you aren’t improving as fast as you’d like at the pool.