Technique and Training
If your local swimming pool doesn’t have starting blocks (or won’t let you dive off them), don’t despair. Here are some ways to ensure spectacular starts when it’s your turn to take your mark.
Masters swimmers are a diverse group. The technical nature of our sport also draws plenty of scientists and engineers. Many of our brainy lanemates spend their days manipulating the modern equivalents of protractors and slide rules to divine answers to complex questions. The good news is that it doesn’t require an advanced degree to apply basic engineering concepts to improve our swimming.
A pull buoy (or any equipment, for that matter) should always be thought of as a tool, not a crutch.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is that you must practice racing. It’s important to use the starting blocks on a regular basis and perform turns at race speed.
There is such a thing as natural talent, but that physical and mental effort applied in the right areas can compensate for a lack of innate gifts. Let’s continue to examine that concept.
Here is one way to mix in some fun by getting swimmers involved in running the workout.
There are a ton of technique articles on the USMS website about how to swim more efficiently—and But getting the most out of each swim is really a matter of being thoughtful about what you’re doing. Here’s how to give every swim workout a chance to be a great swim workout.
Swimmers come in many different flavors. There are sprinters, distance people, stroke specialists, triathletes, and even a few folks who seem to be able to do it all. Our coaching challenge is to provide the best possible training to help our athletes excel in their chosen specialty.
Here are a few tips for how you can work around difficult situations for a great meet warm-up.