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  • Triathlon

What Triathletes Should Know About Planning Their Best Race Calendar When Competitions Resume

With pool closures and the remainder of 2020 triathlon races being canceled or uncertain, you have a choice: Resign yourself to sedentary pity, or use this age of quarantine to develop your next race season and start training now. Even if registratio...

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  • Adult Learn-to-Swim

SSLF Grant Recipient Texas Ford Aquatics Produces Lasting Impact on Melissa Bankard

When Melissa Bankard bought a new home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area about a year ago, it came with a pool. That pool would normally be a great addition to any home in a warm climate, but for Bankard it was a source of anxiety. “I realized that...

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  • Technique and Training

Dryland Exercises to Improve Your Freestyle

It’s an exciting time with pools starting to reopen across the country. You’re probably bursting with excitement to make your return. As you do, carve out adequate time to properly warm up before entering the water to keep aches and pains...

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  • Open Water
  • Triathlon

How Open Water Swimmers Can Become More Comfortable With Bilateral Breathing

Most Masters coaches have probably shouted themselves hoarse over the issue of bilateral breathing once or twice in their lives. And there’s a reason most of them are so emphatic that swimmers adopt this skill and get comfortable with it.

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  • Technique and Training

Don’t Overlook These Key Muscles When Trying to Swim Faster

Swimming with your hands closed (commonly referred to as fist drill) dramatically demonstrates the importance of their surface area in engaging the water. Wearing large paddles emphasizes the same idea in a different way. There’s no doubt that ...

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  • Technique and Training

How Sculling Will Make You a Better Swimmer

As I started teaching and coaching swimming, I spent many years sculling forward and backward along with my swimmers. It was not only useful for teaching, but I also got faster and stronger as well. I was feeling pretty confident about my ability to ...

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Q&A With USMS Member Bonnie Tsui About Book "Why We Swim"

Albany Armada Masters member Bonnie Tsui spoke with U.S. Masters Swimming about her experience getting back in the water and her new book "Why We Swim."

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Bonnie Tsui Finds Joy After Returning to the Water

I end up joining a swim team again around the same time my own 6-year-old does. I spent a decade of my childhood competing, but it’s the first time in more than two decades that I’ve trained and raced with others in practice. As an adult,...

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  • Technique and Training

Try These Drills to Master Breaststroke

Here are some drills to develop quick and effective recovery movements in breaststroke.

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  • Coaches Only

How to Be a Great Masters Swimming Coach

If you’re looking to become a Masters coach, or you’re a veteran Masters coach who wants to improve, there are a few things you’ve got to do to provide a great experience for your swimmers.