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  • Technique and Training

Swimming With Fists: A Drill to Be More Efficient on All Four Strokes

If you grew up age-group swimming, chances are you did a drill during which you swam freestyle with your hands clenched in fists or had a coach who made you grip a tennis ball while swimming. You might not have known why you were doing fist drill. Ma...

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  • Open Water

How to Help Your Swimmers Learn to Draft

Most of the technique coaching we provide our swimmers centers on reducing drag. Every square inch of body surface that pushes forward against the water slows that swimmer’s progress. But directly behind that body, there’s a slipstream zo...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Three Easy Ways to Fuel Your Swimming Workout

Here are three ways to fuel before your next workout and kick your performance to another level.

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  • Coaches Only

What Swim Coaches Should Keep in Mind When Writing Workouts

There’s a lot of flexibility within a practice framework. Warm-up could include (or consist entirely of) drills, for example. The conditioning segment could be a single main set or a series of smaller work sets interspersed with recovery, stret...

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  • Human Interest

Finding Love in the Water

Walnut Creek Masters, near San Francisco, has helped bring together dozens of couples over the years. What is it about the water in Walnut Creek?

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  • Health and Nutrition

The Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing

With the sky dark after your early morning or evening swim and cold weather waiting to greet you the second you step outside the facility, taking a few moments in the sauna could be a great way to boost your mood and warm up.

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  • Technique and Training

How You Can Go Big This Year

A Summer Olympics year guarantees a couple of things. One, that you’ll be glued to your TV—at least for the swim events—and two, that you’ll be peppered with stories of athletes who dreamed big and then made their often record...

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  • Technique and Training

Four Mantras That Will Make You a Faster Swimmer

Here are four self-talk ideas to incorporate into your mental approach to swimming. Repeat these mantras frequently for the best benefit.

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  • Technique and Training

Dryland Exercises to Help Your Shoulders

Dryland tips to help you win in the water.

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  • Technique and Training

Breaststroke Timing Drill

Drills are an important part of swimming. We hope that you find value with this new drill series.