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More on Momentum

By Brad Burget | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

We have covered momentum before but it could be the most important concept for all swimmers to understand. Do your best to convey to all swimmers the importance of maintaining and creating speed. This takes focus and efficiency! Maintaining momentum from a start, turn, the finishing of strokes and kicking are extremely important. Teach your […]

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Race Pace

By Brad Burget | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Race Pace isn’t sprinting to exhaustion but creating the speed that will be needed to achieve goal times for each event. The main emphasis of Faster Swimming is if you train at slow speeds you will compete at slow speeds. If you train 500’s and you are a 50 freestyler you are not maximizing your […]

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Race Readiness

By Brad Burget | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By Brad Burget | February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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All Swimmers Need…

By Brad Burget | February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

To feel comfortable in the water. To know stroke counts (per lap) for all strokes. To understand timing of all strokes. To have excellent walls and turns. To practice with proper stroke mechanics. A swimmer also needs experience racing and that takes, a long time and hundreds of races for mechanics and strategies of each […]

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Extra Sleep Improves Athletic Performance

By Brad Burget | February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Participants in this ongoing study were five healthy students on the Stanford University men’s and women’s swimming teams. For the first two weeks of the study, the students maintained their usual sleep-wake pattern. The athletes then extended their sleep to 10 hours per day for six to seven weeks. Athletic performance was assessed after each regularly scheduled […]

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Tapering for Your Event

By Brad Burget | February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

The athlete must be in aerobic shape and strong before you start fine-tuning or “taper”. Tapering needs more attention and understanding in our sport. What is the most important part of the season to you? Aerobic phase, anaerobic training, weights, deck based dryland and kicking? The truth is, they all are essential and coaches/swimmers need […]

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