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Swim Workouts for Special Occasions

Here are some simple ideas for transforming a routine workout into something swimmers will want to share on social media.

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How You Can Coach Your Swimmers to Go Faster

We didn’t become Masters coaches so we could buy jet airplanes, football teams, and diamond-encrusted snorkels. Oh sure, there are great benefits that come with the job, such as getting to take free showers at the gym and being allowed to work ...

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How Coaches Can Recognize Their Swimmers

Here’s one example of how to provide various opportunities for members to earn points to become an all-star. Get creative to accomplish your goals for your particular club and swimmers. In this example, all-star is given to anyone who earns 100...

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How to Build a Community in Your Program

Building a Masters club takes more than just recruiting swimmers and finding pool time. Those are big challenges for new groups, but to see your group flourish and thrive, invest some time and energy in building a true community.

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How Much Butterfly Should be in Workouts?

Success in butterfly competition requires swimming butterfly in practice from time to time. But how much? And what about the folks who swim the occasional individual medley but possess no motivation to include better butterfly on their bucket list? H...

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Healthy Daily Habits for Success as a Masters Coach

It can be a stressful and demanding lifestyle, but there are things you can do to reduce the stress in your daily routine. Creating healthy habits for yourself can make coaching a lot of fun.

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How Coaches Can Help Their Athletes Through Injuries

Let’s look at ways coaches can help swimmers overcome life’s inevitable setbacks.

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Combating Insecurity on the Pool Deck

My high school coach used to say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” As a 16-year-old, I didn’t pay much attention, thinking he would say anything to make us go faster. But this phrase followed me into adulthood and into my coachi...

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What You Need to Know to Host a USMS-Sanctioned Meet

Swim meets give athletes a way to measure fitness and fine-tune racing skills/strategies. Meets also provide coaches with feedback to improve training programs. Informal intrasquad meets and competition in practice can offer many of the same benefits...

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Three Reasons Why You Should Run an Intrasquad Meet

Here are three reasons why you should hold a mini-meet during a workout.