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What to Consider When Planning Your Taper

The concept of tapering seems simple: Work hard all year, and then rest up as you approach your target competition. The extra rest allows your muscles to recover so you’ll produce peak power when you race. But how much rest do you need, and wha...

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Develop Good Habits to Swim Faster

There are easily recognized good and bad habits, such as healthy eating and exercising versus poor nutrition and a sedentary life. But there are also cognitive and performance habits in swimming. These good habits are difficult at first but become ea...

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Winning the Pain-Gain Equation

Let’s explore how to intelligently embrace suffering in pursuit of excellence.

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  • Technique and Training

Why Swimmers Should Do Pilates

Have you ever found yourself swimming diagonally, on a collision course with the lane line? If so, you’re not alone. This wayward swimming might just mean the balance of your stroke is a little off. Practicing Pilates can get you back on course...

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Keeping Your Cool in a Hot Pool

One of the challenges Masters swimmers face is finding a pool when traveling. Some trips can be planned around well-known lap pools or open water locations, but others leave them working out in 85-degree water meant more for swim lessons and water ae...

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Three Steps for Mastering Your 200s

The strategic challenge of the 200 can make it the most entertaining event to watch and the most satisfying to swim. Here are some tips for racing your best 200.

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Three In-Water Exercises for Core Strengthening

Here are three ways to work your core in the pool to strengthen and, more importantly, train your core in a swim-specific manner.

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How to Put Together a Plan to Swim Faster

If you’re not swimming as fast as you want in competitions, there are three things you might have to change: technique, training philosophy (which should be influenced by how you’re racing), or race strategy. Here’s a closer look at...

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Four Ways to Make Butterfly Easier

Butterfly doesn’t have to be the hardest stroke to do, but there are elements of the stroke that make it challenging to learn at times. Follow these four points of emphasis to make learning and mastering butterfly as easy as any of the other th...

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How Much Rest Do You Need?

At the 2017 ASCA World Clinic, Coach Bob Bowman talked about how Michael Phelps needed more rest both between efforts and between workouts in his “old age.” The audience got a chuckle out of it. Bowman explained what he meant in term...