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  • Coaches Only

Healthy Habits for Long-Term Success as a Masters Swimming Coach

Here are a few healthy habits to help you take care of yourself and make the crazy life of a Masters swim coach an awesome one.

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  • Technique and Training

How Long Can I Take Off Without Getting Out of Shape?

Anyone who has swam for several years knows the feeling of coming back to the pool after an extended break. It might take only one week, but it probably leads you to think, “I’m never taking a break again,” “I didn’t rea...

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How Swimming Coaches Can Balance Their Goals With Their Swimmers' Goals

It’s a logistical nightmare to craft an individual training plan for each person who leaves wet footprints on your pool’s deck. Fortunately, you can create general training plans and modestly tweak them to meet individual needs.

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  • Human Interest

Longtime Walnut Creek Masters Coach Kerry O'Brien Announces Retirement

Kerry O’Brien didn’t think he would be the Walnut Creek Masters head coach this long. During his February 1981 interview, he said he could see himself holding the job—which he had already filled for five months on an interim basis&m...

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  • Technique and Training

Swimming Warm-Ups for Sprinters

We’re all still part of one big happy swimming family, but acknowledging our differences makes it easier to get along in the warm-up pool. A good sprint warm-up comes down to three things: picking your spot, calling your shot, and having perfec...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Get Proper Head Position on All Four Swimming Strokes

Having this massive clunky knob above your shoulders wouldn’t be a big deal if it remained stationary. After all, when we put our head down and place our hands together with our arms behind our ears, we can get pretty darned streamlined. Unfort...

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  • Open Water

The Mighty Mermaids Keep Ruling the Water

About 15 years ago, as she was approaching her 50th birthday, Christie Ciraulo, of UCLA Bruin Masters, had an idea to build an extraordinary team of swimmers to tackle some of the toughest and most iconic open water swims in the world. But this would...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Fix Common Breathing Mistakes in Swimming

Here are some breathing drills and techniques to help you work on your alignment.

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  • Technique and Training

Easy Exercises You Can Do to Help Your Body

It’s easy to get accustomed to your daily routine and miss some simple ways that you can help your swimming without being in the pool. You put a start and end time to your training, whether it’s a swim practice or a dryland training sessi...

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  • Coaches Only

Swim Workouts for Special Occasions

Here are some simple ideas for transforming a routine workout into something swimmers will want to share on social media.