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  • Technique and Training

This Children’s Song Can Help You Swim Faster

A swimmer’s drag profile is the area that faces resistance from the water when the swimmer is trying to move. A larger drag profile means more water pushing against the swimmer, which creates more resistance and decreases speed. Shrinking the d...

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  • Technique and Training

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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  • Technique and Training

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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  • Coaches Only

Tips for Helping Your Swimmers Fix Their Technique

No coach wants to be known as a nagging nuisance, so we might sometimes be tempted to keep our observations to ourselves. Indeed, some swimmers may not be interested in receiving feedback, and we do need to be sensitive to that. But swimming is a hi...

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  • Technique and Training

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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  • Technique and Training

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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  • Open Water

Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early We...

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  • Technique and Training

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...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Four Easy Tips for Fueling Without Overdoing It

Here are four easy pieces of advice for proper fueling.

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  • Technique and Training

Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Breaststroke and Butterfly

The double-arm recoveries of breaststroke and butterfly produce built-in gaps in arm propulsion, and the breaststroke kick features a nonpropulsive recovery phase. Our challenge is to ensure that no additional dead spots sneak into these st...