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  • Events

‘More Than a Fitness Challenge’: SilverPeak Performance Enjoying Fitness Series

SilverPeak Performance Coach Kris McPeak found a great way to bring her swimmers together.

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  • Technique and Training

Breathing Easy to the Side on Butterfly

The strength and precise timing butterfly requires might make it the most difficult stroke to master, especially for Masters swimmers who are learning how to swim later in life. Masters swimmers have a range of abilities, ages, and body types, and so...

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  • About USMS

Five Takeaways From USMS’s National Coaches Clinic

Here are some of the key lessons the Kevin and Mary Gibson of Talbot Masters learned at October's National Coaches Clinic.

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  • Technique and Training

Kick Your Kick into Shape

When it’s time for a kick set, many of us grab a kickboard and get kicking—that’s usually my modus operandi anyway. But is kicking with kickboards the safest way for us to get our kicks in? “From a postural perspective, using...

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  • Human Interest

The Mighty Comeback of Matt Russell

Most of us have had the experience of coming back to our sport after illness or injury— that bout of bronchitis that took too long to shake or a sore shoulder that required kicking-only practices for a few weeks. But few of us have been as clos...

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  • Technique and Training

What Your Pull Buoy Can Teach You

Who doesn’t love a nice, long freestyle pull set? You don’t have to kick, and you can concentrate on your stroke. It’s almost meditative. But you should pay close attention because your pull buoy can teach you a lot about all of you...

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  • Open Water

Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early We...

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  • Technique and Training

The Right and Wrong Time to Have High Elbows on Freestyle

The term “high elbow” has been used over and over again by coaches, but they’ve sometimes focused on the wrong time swimmers should have high elbows. I’ve been guilty of this. It’s time to move beyond this concept. Let&r...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Four Easy Tips for Fueling Without Overdoing It

Here are four easy pieces of advice for proper fueling.

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  • Technique and Training

Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Breaststroke and Butterfly

The double-arm recoveries of breaststroke and butterfly produce built-in gaps in arm propulsion, and the breaststroke kick features a nonpropulsive recovery phase. Our challenge is to ensure that no additional dead spots sneak into these st...