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Reboot of Classic Drills That Will Help Your Freestyle and Backstroke

For years, coaches have trotted out the same drills that they were taught as swimmers. Everyone was doing them, and the results seemed to fit the thinking about the most effective ways to swim. As swimming evolved, it became apparent that some of th...

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How to Balance Freestyle and Stroke in Your Workouts

There are good reasons that the majority of swim workouts are performed using the front crawl stroke (aka freestyle).

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  • Technique and Training

How Grit Can Help You Swim Faster

Some swimmers might think of grit as the sand that gets in their swimsuits at the beach. Others will have a greater understanding because they’ve read Angela Duckworth’s bestselling book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance....

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Five Ways to Thank Your Coach

The relationship between a coach and a swimmer is unique—few other sports involve such a long and personal journey between two people. As the swimmer grows, so does the coach.

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Why You Should Take These Swimming Selfies

When I’m in a groove, my strokes are wonderfully smooth, powerful, and efficient. Every turn is streamlined, and every breath is a masterpiece in the art of alignment.

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How You Can Keep Improving as You Age

Listening to Bruce Springsteen singing Glory Days made me think about all of the things that have changed since what could be considered my Glory Days. (They were never that glorious, by the way.) What I can tell you is that there have been a lot of...

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How to Develop a Great Prerace Routine

Masters swimmers all have habitual routines they follow as they go through their daily lives and their training, with some being more structured than others. These habits are often mindless and require little to no thought process; they are in fact, ...

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How to Improve Your Turns

The only time I’ve had an opposing team’s coach thank me after a race was when I beat his swimmer in the 1650. I was 25 yards behind at the 500 but slowly closed the gap to finally pass the guy going into the final length. I assumed it w...

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How to Swim a Fast 100

Breaking a 100 into quarters is a way to ensure focus on critical elements of your race. It can also help you train for each component of a perfect swim, regardless of stroke. Here are some suggestions for dividing to conquer.

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Why Masters Swimmers Should be Lifting Weights

Here’s what you need to know about developing your own weight-lifting plan and reaping the health benefits of adding muscle mass.