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Race Readiness

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Practice You must simulate race conditions in practice to get better at racing. This includes having a plan for a general warm-up, perhaps an event-specific warm-up, what to do if no warm-up pool or lanes are available during the meet, what your athletes need with them behind the blocks (goggles, a relay card (?), a […]

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Preparing for Championships through Taper

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Now is the time of year when everything counts. Hopefully, your swimmers have trained well and if they haven’t well then last call. Taper time is a well thought out process of preparing your swimmers for championships.  Taper means QUALITY work and QUALITY recovery just to begin.   Race Pace, Variable Speed swimming and kicking, Understanding […]

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Weight Lifting During Taper

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Coaches – please remember when the core of your training is aerobic you don’t need to lift with an aerobic agenda. Your swimmers are raising their heart rate a lot more than you think while lifting so just lift for speed and strength. Make sure that your swimmers maintain flexibility after lifting. Stretching after any […]

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The 10 Principles of Athletic Success

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There are many, maybe even countless, methods to achieve athletic success. However, the principles of athletic success are few. Said another way, by someone much smarter than I – “Methods are many, principles are few; methods always change, principles never do.” Follow the principles listed below throughout your athletic career and find success. I suppose […]

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Even More on Mechanics

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MECHANICS: There are five categories and I am going to elaborate on #4 Momentum as it could be the most important to understand. The others are talked about in the Coaches Guide. Back of the hand mechanics with “arm and hand” as one-paddle. The catch and finish of each stroke. Body position and reducing drag […]

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