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Swimming On

Friday February 22, 2013

The time has come for me to move on to other swimming pools. All the best to everyone, I have enjoyed my time here. Swim on!

A Look at a Few Hand Paddles from Finis

Friday February 22, 2013

I looked in my swim bag and realized that I had several types of hand paddles from the same company, Finis. Among other paddles in my bag, I have Finis' Agility, Freestyler, and Forearm Fulcrum models. Why do I have different kinds, and what are the different kinds of Finis hand paddles used for in a swim workout?

Schedule for 2013 Swimming World Championships in Barcelona

Friday February 22, 2013

The next major swimming competition after the 2012 Olympics is the 2013 World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. World championships in open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, water polo, and pool swimming will be contested between 19 July and 4 August 2013. The open water portion of world champs is 20-27 July.

IM Workout for Strokes and Turns

Thursday February 21, 2013

This swim workout uses 50s, 100s, and 200s to give swimmers work on all strokes and turns for an individual medley. When you swim this IM workout, think about the stroke and think about the turns!

Swimming the Best Way to Lose Weight - Maybe, Maybe Not

Thursday February 21, 2013

Is swimming the best way to lose weight? Probably not if it is all that you do. Swimming as exercise for weight loss, along with good eating habits, is the way to get rid of extra pounds.

Swim Workout for Middle Distance - 200s

Wednesday February 20, 2013

200s are right in the middle for middle distance swimmers, so using them for a swim workout makes sense. This swim workout uses 200s in a 3-1, 2-2, 1-3 pattern to push you from easier to harder swimming.

Butterfly Kick - A Swim Lesson Tip

Wednesday February 20, 2013

Use a body dolphin to work on a good butterfly kick. Getting your whole body into the fly kick will make it better, and will help make your butterfly stroke better, too.

Kick Speed Workout - Some Quality 50s and 25s of Kicking

Tuesday February 19, 2013

This swim workout is actually a kick workout. The focus is on your legs. Any type of kick is fine, any mix of kicking is fine (back, breast, fly, free, etc.), but there is a lot of kicking in this workout. You should be ready for it.

Lap Swimming Etiquette

Monday February 18, 2013

Lap swimming... most swimmers follow a general code of conduct while swimming laps or doing their swim workout. I have a general set of rules for lap swimming, or lap swimming etiquette. Not every swimmer would agree with my list, and some pools or countries may have different customs or swimming rules, but I think these rules on how to swim laps are more-or-less universal.

Strong Second Halves Swim Workout

Saturday February 16, 2013

This swim workout is focused on the back half of each set. The main part of the swim workout is a series of swims that get short and then long again. Your goal is to control your speed and effort on the first swim, and then while still under control(!), pick up the speed for the second swim of the same distance.

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