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Why Yoga Is Beneficial for Masters Swimmers

Curiosity led Mountain View Masters Coach Tina Whiteside to the yoga studio for the first time. She came out refreshed and feeling like she’d had a great workout. After a few more sessions, she was hooked.

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Simple Science Experiments Can Help You Swim Faster

To make matters worse, much of the ongoing research is performed on elite young athletes, which is not a demographic to which I belong. Techniques that elicit personal records from a tall and limber slab of 20-year-old muscle may not produce the same...

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Race Strategies That Work

Here are some simple ideas to help you figure out what feels best for you and gets you the best results. This is more art than science, and the guidelines are for races of 200 yards or more. (Sprints are addressed at the end.)

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Three Yoga Poses for Functional Core Strength

The core muscles are in the pelvic region and torso and include the spinal and abdominal muscles. A strong core enables an athlete to perform spinal flexion and twisting activities with minimal trauma on the skeletal system. The core also serves as t...

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Three Drills to Improve Your Breaststroke Timing

The most difficult aspect of breaststroke to master is the timing. Even the most skilled swimmers in the world struggle with this from time to time. It’s something that many athletes feel they lose over the course of a long season or career. Do...

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Watch Out for These Three Butterfly Open Turn Mistakes

Although open turns seem like they would be simple to execute, there are a few technical errors swimmers sometimes make. Here’s how to fix them.

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Breathing Easy to the Side on Butterfly

The strength and precise timing butterfly requires might make it the most difficult stroke to master, especially for Masters swimmers who are learning how to swim later in life. Masters swimmers have a range of abilities, ages, and body types, and so...

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Kick Your Kick into Shape

When it’s time for a kick set, many of us grab a kickboard and get kicking—that’s usually my modus operandi anyway. But is kicking with kickboards the safest way for us to get our kicks in? “From a postural perspective, using...

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What Your Pull Buoy Can Teach You

Who doesn’t love a nice, long freestyle pull set? You don’t have to kick, and you can concentrate on your stroke. It’s almost meditative. But you should pay close attention because your pull buoy can teach you a lot about all of you...

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The Right and Wrong Time to Have High Elbows on Freestyle

The term “high elbow” has been used over and over again by coaches, but they’ve sometimes focused on the wrong time swimmers should have high elbows. I’ve been guilty of this. It’s time to move beyond this concept. Let&r...