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), […]
That Big Set is Rarely Worse Than You Think
“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 […]
Why You Should Break Your Goals Apart (and Then Put Them Back Together)
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 […]
Why You Should Keep Things Simple with Your Big Goals
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 […]
Why You Should Give Yourself the Advice You’d Give a Teammate
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 […]
Pro Tip: How to Seriously Boost the Effectiveness of Your Self-Talk
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.
Why You Should Be Grading Yourself After Practice
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.
5 Mental Habits for Better Swim Practices This Year
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 […]
Ask Yourself This Question When You’re Ready to Start Improving Like a Maniac in the Water
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.
The Mental Strategy Caeleb Dressel Used to Win Five Olympic Gold Medals
How do you win five Olympic gold medals under intense pressure? By swimming one race at a time.
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