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  • Technique and Training

The Forgotten Keys to Lifelong Performance

As you plot your course for the year, I challenge you to think about a few forgotten keys to lifelong performance—your purpose, sleep, stress, hormones, and sunlight. All of these factors added up far outweigh your training stimulus.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Achieve What You Really Want This Year

Scientists who research goal setting (and achieving) have discovered some surprising nuances that can also keep you on or throw you off track.

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  • Coaches Only

How to Persuade Your Swimmers to Try Different Things

Our greatest coaching breakthroughs come when our swimmers understand that variety opens doors to higher achievement.

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  • Health and Nutrition

Fueling Your Gut

Although there really isn’t any evidence to support probiotic use for athletic performance, there is research to defend the use of probiotics to improve certain conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome...

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  • Technique and Training

Four Healthy Habits for New Swimmers

Here are four important healthy habits for new swimmers, things that will point you in the right direction. Following these habits will lead to a much more enjoyable swimming experience.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Build and Maintain Effective Thinking Strategies

Who is running the show? As someone who has always devised to control my performance, I was now listening. It didn’t hurt that my training had stagnated, yet I had committed to my first marathon swim, the Catalina Channel. I was in graduate sch...

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  • Technique and Training

If You Can Do This You Might Be A Natural Breaststroker

Most good breaststrokers have an anatomical commonality: They stand with their toes pointed out. Not necessarily in opposite directions, although many can do that on demand. For the straight-footed or pigeon-toed, things are different. The key differ...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Master Your IM Turns

Here’s how you can improve the transition turns in your next individual medley.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Welcome New Swimmers to the Water

Here are some ways we can make newcomers glad they came to practice and eager to return.

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  • Technique and Training

Three Drills for a Balanced Backstroke

Poor backstroke technique usually stems from problems with one of these three parts of the stroke: entry, catch, and body rotation. Here are three drills to help you with these aspects of the stroke.