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Why You Need a Pair of Fingertip Paddles

Many swimmers, especially the seasoned ones, have been taught that the best way to get better at swimming is to just swim. Although that’s essentially true, I think we can all agree that swimming is one of the most complex sports on the planet ...

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Five Mental Tricks to Overcome Fatigue

Here are some suggestions for using your mind to regain good technique when your muscles are screaming in agony.

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Three Yoga Poses to Relieve Discomfort in Your Neck and Shoulders

Multiple swims at a major competition, hours spent watching television, or overtime in front of a computer can leave your neck and shoulders crying for relief. These three yoga poses, or asanas, downward-facing dog, feet-spread-intense-stretch postur...

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The Proper Etiquette for Warming Up

Here are some suggestions for productive warm-ups in a problem-free and respectful way.

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Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Freestyle and Backstroke

It’s easy to assume that the propulsive part of your stroke extends from the catch to the beginning of the recovery. Your arms are getting tired, after all, so you must be applying force throughout the entire pull, right?

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How to Fix Three Common Backstroke Mistakes

Whether you’re a serious backstroker or just use the stroke to recover from the butterfly leg of the individual medley, you should understand that several movements must come together at once to make your backstroke work efficiently.

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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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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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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.