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  • Technique and Training

Three Yoga Poses for a Better Kick

Ankle flexibility is key to a strong, efficient kick, no matter what stroke you specialize in. Many yoga postures, or asanas, can improve ankle flexibility and stretch your calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) and shin (tibialis) muscles.

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  • Technique and Training

What to Do When You’re Not Having a Magical Day in the Pool

“I feel terrible,” you think to yourself while warming up for a workout. Do you listen to that voice? Ignore it? Wait and see if it goes away? Your response dictates how the rest of your swim can and should go. If that’s the voice i...

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  • Events

USMS Members Enjoy Summer Fitness Challenge

When Hank Deutsch, who has been a U.S. Masters Swimming member for about 10 years, read about the 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Summer Fitness Challenge, he signed up and completed the challenge at the Memphis Jewish Community Center in Tennessee un...

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  • Technique and Training

Five Tips for a Successful Off-Season

For many, the off-season provides a chance to concentrate on making changes as needed; for others, it’s a time to relax. Whatever you do, make the most of it.

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  • Events

Three USMS Members to be Inducted Into International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame

Maurine Kornfeld, Walt Reid, and Jurgen Schmidt will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame at the United States Aquatic Sports convention on Sept. 28 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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  • Human Interest

Klose’s Cancer Leads to ‘Fab Four’ Reuniting

Out of a dark moment came the idea for one of the best moments of the 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championships Presented by SeaWorld and Hosted by the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center on Aug. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

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  • Events

Pan Ams Recap: Val, Kirkland Continue to Break Records

The eight-day meet, which returned to the United States for the first time since 2013, saw 35 U.S. Masters Swimming records and 25 FINA Masters world records broken.

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  • Technique and Training

Three Yoga Poses for Better Shoulder Health

The Downward-Facing Dog, Upward Plank, and Extended Side Angle poses all work in different ways to benefit shoulder health for the swimmer. Perform these asanas after your muscles are warmed up. Once you find your comfortable expression of the pose, ...

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  • Open Water

‘You Can’t Beat … Open Water Swimming’: USMS Members Enjoy Three National Championships in One Week

Stephanie Lemmons and Megan Tosh were among the 15 or so swimmers to compete in the three open water national championships in the Pacific Northwest in July.

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  • Health and Nutrition

Diets: Why They Don’t Work and What You Should Do Instead

It’s the middle of the summer. By this point in the year, you might have started a diet, stopped a diet, thought about a diet, or felt guilty for not sticking to your diet. Or maybe you’re just doing an elimination protocol, “eating...