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How to Get Motivated to Go to Swim Practice

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It’s not just an athlete’s performance in the pool that makes them unique, but also the dedication, hard work and sacrifice they put in to reach and maintain that status. While some swimmer’s motivation never sinks, others have a hard time staying afloat.   The Olympic motto is ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’– meaning ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. Read more

Olympic Insider: How Japan is Using Olympic Tech for the 2020 Olympics

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Get ready for the Olympics 2020! It’s time to start following your favorite athletes and cheering them on towards the stadium in Tokyo, Japan, this summer.  Over the past 124 years, the Olympics have brought countries around the world together on a platform to play friendly competitive sports and embrace inter-cultural dialogue.  This year, JapanRead more

Your Holiday Gift Guide for Your Swimmer

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16 gifts to treat your swimmer to this holiday season Tired of getting the same-old-same goggles and a new headcap for your avid swimmer?  Look no further because we’ve compiled a list of the top 16 fin-tastic gifts for 2019.  Your swimmer will flip for joy! Training Gear Towel How many towels does a swimmerRead more

How to Optimize Breathing When Swimming

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It goes without saying that breathing is essential, but in swimming it is a science.  It can either amp up your power and propulsion or debilitate your technique when done incorrectly.  Coaches often field questions from swimmers such as: “When do I breathe?” “Where do I breathe?” “How many times should I breathe?”  All ofRead more

5 Ways You Can Help Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer through Swimming

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October is breast cancer awareness month. Besides skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, claiming an estimated 41,760 lives in 2019. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women worldwide.   What are we doing about it? For starters,Read more

Dryland Training is Important for Any Swimmer & Here’s Why

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Competitive swimming is vigorous – there is no doubt about that. Long grueling hours training in the pool, a strict 12,000 calorie diet, traveling to meets on the weekends and numerous personal sacrifices are the building blocks of Olympic swimming champions like Rowdy Gaines and Amanda Beard.   Any swimmer or coach will tell youRead more

Coupling Motions: Boost Your Distance Per Stroke

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When swimming, nearly all of the forces that create propulsion come from the hands and feet.  However, there are motions that we can perform with our bodies to help maximize the distance and speed of a swimmer’s pull and kick.  These movements are referred to as coupling motions. While coupling motions do not generate propulsionRead more

4 Basic Swim Strokes Every Swimmer Should Master

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Fine-tune your basic swim strokes like a pro Whether you are gunning to surpass Michael Phelps’s career record of 28 Olympic Medals, or just training for the sake of strengthening and toning your body, there are four basic swim strokes that every swimmer should master: freestyle stroke, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly stroke. Mastering these swimRead more

How to Start Your Swim Training Plan

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3 Things to Remember to Kickstart Your Summer Regimen Summer is prime swimming season and with school out of session, there’s no better time to start a swim training plan. But how can you start strong and ensure you’ll stick with it? By establishing your goals and prepping your swim bag with the essentials, you’llRead more

Mastering Your Timing in Freestyle

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Mastering Your Timing in Freestyle Learn breathing, kicking, and arm stroke techniques Have you ever struggled to master your timing in freestyle? Understanding your timing and movements in unison will help you create a powerful swim stroke and make you a stronger swimmer. Often times, swimmers try to swim faster with little focus on skillsRead more