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Improve Your Swimming With This 8-Week Training...
If you are a novice swimmer looking for a swim workout plan, this may be the perfect plan for you to get started with swimming workouts. It is an 8-week swim workout training plan to move you toward improved swimming fitness.
How to Change the Sande in Your Swimming Pool...
How often should the sand in a swimming pool filter be changed? We recommend changing the sand every five years. Filter sand has been ground to a size of .45 to .55 mm in diameter and is very rough when new. This roughness is what makes the sand efficient at filtering out the particles of dirt in your water. As this roughness is smoothed out your filter's efficiency goes down. This means that your system has to run more frequently to accomplish the same task.
How To Open Your Swimming Pool For The Summer
When warm weather is approaching, it's time to think about swimming outside. Need some tips on opening a pool for a summer of swimming fun? These steps should help you get your swimming pool open the right way for the pool season.
What Are the Health Benefits of Being a Swimmer?
Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime - and the health benefits swimming offers for a lifetime are worth the effort it takes to get to the pool. It works practically all of the muscles in the body (if you do a variety of strokes). Swimming can develop a swimmer's general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
How to Plan a The Depth and Size of a Swimming...
Planning on building a swim pool? The shape and size of your swimming pool should be determined according to the type of usage the swimming pool will get - recreational, competitive, or both.
18 Swimming Workouts to Build Up to 500 Meters
Want to get a swim workout routine going, but think you are a weak swimmer and won't be able to do it? If you can swim four 25 meter or 25 yard lengths of a pool, then you can use this swim training plan to build up to a workout that totals 500 meters or 500 yards of swimming.
Save Money By Picking The Right Size Pump For...
How can you pick the right size swimming pool pump? Here are some tips to consider.
10 Tips to Improve Your Swimming Skills
This to do list of 10 ways to swim better could help any swimmer improve his or her swimming.
Choosing Swimming Pool Filters - The Types of...
There is a lot of confusion about various swimming pool filters, and many different opinions. Here are a few facts to consider. The first is that a pool water can be properly maintained with any of the filter systems available: Sand, Cartridge, or Diatomaceous Earth. Which one is right for your swimming pool?
Draining a Swimming Pool May be a Bad Idea
While it is possible to affect most repairs to your swimming pool underwater, there are circumstances that necessitate draining. You should not attempt this unless it is absolutely necessary and you are thoroughly familiar with the steps necessary to do this safely. Draining your pool can cause serious damage to it's structure. Why is it dangerous to drain a pool? Let's explain this by the type of pool and the damage that can occur.
Which Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaner or Vacuum...
Ever wonder which automatic swim pool cleaner to buy for your swimming pool? Ever buy one, only to have to bring it back and say it wasn't working right? If you answered yes to any of these questions, hopefully by the end of this article you'll have a better understanding of which pool vacuum is right for your swimming pool. With all the vacuums on the market, how do you decide? Let's start off by explaining the different types of swimming pool cleaners and what the pros and cons are of each.
How to Service A Swimming Pool Filter's...
The multiport valve is a swimming pool systems most important piece of equipment. The multiport valve, Vari-Flo valve, backwash valve, or filter control valve. Some of the problems caused by a malfunctioning valve can be water leaking out of the backwash line, dirt returning to the pool when vacuuming, and water that never clears up.
How to Remove Stains From a Plaster Swimming Pool
Large stains covering a high percentage of the swimming pool plaster surface are usually from chemical reactions. These tips are for smaller, concentrated stains, a few inches or less in size. A small stain is usually caused by a metal object being left on the bottom long enough to rust and leave a stain.
How To Prime Your Swimming Pool Water Filter...
Prime is the term we use to state that the air has been mostly purged from the swimming pool water pump and that the filter pump is moving pool water. When you have lost the pump's prime, your pump is no longer pumping water through it. Sometimes it can be very difficult to regain the prime on the pump. These tips will help you get the prime back in your swimming pool water pump and filter system.
How Swimmers Can Gain Strength Training Out of...
Sport specific work is the best way to get better at that sport. But what else can you do? Flexibility exercises, plyometric work, swimming while wearing weights, and resistance training are some of the options. One example of resistance training is weight work aimed at adding strength and speed to your stroke. Dryland training for swimmers can be very beneficial.
Just Swimming The Best Way to Lose Weight?
Is swimming the best choice for a way to lose weight? No doubt, swimming is good exercise, and you can burn calories when you swim, but swimming may not be the best choice to get rid of those extra pounds.
Swimmers, Why You Swim Determines How Often You...
How many times each week does a swimmer need to swim? The first thing a swimmer needs to do to answer that question is to ask another one, why are you swimming? What is the main reason or primary goal of your time in the water? Do you swim to relax, or are you swimming for fitness? Maybe you are doing it for more than just fitness, you are swimming to do swimming races, or to do a triathlon? Here are some of my suggestions on how often you should swim.
Should I Drain my Inground Swimming Pool?
A reader asks: I'm attempting to drain my inground plaster swimming pool for the first time. This is my first swim pool and I don't know that much about swimming pools. Our swimming pool expert's advice on draining swimming pools: Don't do it - here is why...
How to Fix Sinking Legs When Swimming Freestyle
Ever feel like your legs are sinking when you swim freestyle? Do you have to kick a lot to keep your legs from dragging on the bottom of the pool when you are swimming freestyle? Sinking legs when swimming freestyle is usually due to one of two things (or both).
The Best Swimming Pool Filter - What Does Best...
There is a lot of confusion about various swimming pool filters, and many different opinions. Which type of swimming pool filter is best? First, you must define best. Page 2.
Swimming Help for Swimmers
Want to be a better swimmer, or swim competitively, but aren't sure about the next step to take? Here are some things to keep in mind as you dive in.
Make Swimming Goggles Anti-Fog
Swimming goggles are an important part of your swimming gear. They protect your eyes from damage and help you see where you are going. But what if your swimming goggles fog up? You cannot see? How do you stop swimming goggle fogging? You could buy anti-fog swimming goggles that have a coating or are pre-treated with anti-fog, but those can be expensive. What can you do to make your swimming goggles into anti-fog swimming goggles?
What to do When Your Swimming Pool Lights Don't...
Do I have to drain the swimming pool to fix my pool lights? You shouldn't need to empty the swim pool. Follow these steps and you may be able to repair the swim pool lights yourself. If in doubt, call in a professional electrician.
Easier Ways to Get Leaves Out of Your Swimming...
Many times we have heard the complaint that it takes too long to scoop out the leaves from the swimming pool. Upon investigation, we find that the swim pool owner is using a Leaf Skimmer to scoop out the leaves. No wonder it takes the pool owner so long! There are three simple things you can do to speed up the removal of leaves from your swimming pool.
Swimming Lessons - Should Scared Children...
You must first understand there is not one universal correct answer for today's topic. I am going to
Alternatives to Chlorine for Swimming Pools
Numerous private, public, commercial, waterpark, hotel, and motel swimming pools have switched to Ozone technologies as people become more concerned about chlorine and chlorinated byproducts and their possible health-related safety dangers. Other than the issues of reduced carcinogens and other reduced health problems, what are the relative benefits of Ozone over chlorine? Page 3.
Pulling A Light Fixture Out Of The Swimming Pool
If, after turning on the pool light switch, the GFCI trips, the most likely cause is water inside your light fixture. If the GFCI doesn't trip and the light is off, you probably have a burned-out bulb. In either case, you must now proceed to pulling your light fixture out of the pool. Page 2.
Swimming with Fins - How Swim Fins Help Your...
Swimming with fins is a way for swimmers to improve kick strength, ankle flexibility, body position, and go faster during a swim practice. Fins (or flippers) come in hundreds of shapes, colors, fastenings, and sizes; different fins will do different things for (and to) you.
Freestyle or Front Crawl Drills to Improve...
A swimmers guide to performing several freestyle technique improvement drills to help make a swimmer's freestyle swimming faster and improve swimming efficiency. Learn how to improve swimming technique to swim faster and more efficiently by watching a video of freestyle swimming technique drills.
My Swimming Pool is Leaking
It is common for pool owners to worry about losing water from a swimming pool. There are typically one of three swim pool issues with water loss: leaks in the swim pool plumbing, leaks in the swimming pool shell, or excessive splash out or evaporation from the swimming pool. There are some ways you can narrow down the reasons behind your leaky swimming pool.
Four Swim Skills for Swimmers to Master to Help...
Many things limit how fast a swimmer can swim, from swim technique to fitness to hand and foot size to a swimmer's natural bone and joint structure. Some swimmers seem to swim fast effortlessly, some look like they will never be able to swim fast. Some swimmers will have limits on technique because they don't bend certain ways. That does not mean that those swimmers can't swim fast, but they may never be as fast as swimmers that have a differing joint structure.
How to Treat Swimmer's Ear at Home
When swimmers come across the itchy, annoying and painful symptoms of swimmer's ear, it can result in a trip to the doctor's office for a round of prescription antibiotics and painkillers. But what some people don't know is that many of these doctor's visits don't have to be the first line of treatment. There are some things you can try at home. If symptoms do not get better within a few days - or if they get worse - get to the doctor!
Swimmers Hair Shampoos, Conditioners, and Skin...
Swimmers can get green hair and dry skin from long exposure to the water or chemicals while swimming. These shampoos, conditioners, and skin care products should help swimmers combat the damage done by the pool - they fight swimmer's hair and dry skin caused by swimming.
How To Keep Ducks Out Of A Swimming Pool
Is there a foolproof method to keep ducks out of a swimming pool? Not foolproof, but there is at least one way that we have found to keep water fowl out of a swimming pool.
How to Smooth Wrinkled Vinyl Swimming Pool Liners
While there are some chemical conditions that can cause a vinyl swimming pool liner to wrinkle, wrinkles most often occur in a previously unwrinkled swimming pool liners during the winter, when the swim pool is closed and the water level is lower. How can you get the wrinkles out of your vinly swimming pool liner?
Swim Lesson to Teach Swimmers the Back Float
When it comes to teaching swimming to true beginners who are at least 3 year of age, the back float can be taught in 60 seconds or less. Am I kidding? No, I am not. But let me explain an approach that will not only allow you to teach preschoolers to float on their back in 60 seconds or less in one swim lesson, it will also help you teach preschoolers to swim sooner too.
Dunking Infants and Babies - Swim Lessons and...
Should baby swimmers or infant swimmers be dunked as part of a swim lesson? This is a common question
How to Swim Freestyle or Front Crawl
A basic guide to help you teach yourself how to swim freestyle.
Teach Yourself How to Swim Breaststroke
Breaststroke can be a relaxing, restful stroke, or it can be fast and furious, burning a lot of calories. You can learn to swim breaststroke by teaching yourself how to swim breaststroke.
Does Swimming Build Muscle?
Breakdown of the mechanisms of muscle growth during swimming.
Swimming Away From Back Pain and Injury
In many cases, swimming can be a very helpful exercise for back pain sufferers. Athletes commonly become injured, and swimming is a great way to keep active since it usually does not put excess strain on a swimmer's back. However, that’s not to say that swimming can’t cause back pain or injuries as well.
Teaching Swim Lessons for PreSchool Swimmers
After my first week of teaching swimming lessons to preschool swimmers, I visited a friend who had preschoolers. I watched them play, and I was amazed by how children were so different in terms of they way they played, the way they interacted, and other things they would do. From that day forward, I experimented with a new approach to teaching preschool swimming lessons.
How to Swim Butterfly
You can teach yourself how to swim butterfly if you take it step by step.
Chlorine vs. Alternatives for Swimming Pools
There are credible researchers telling us that chlorine has some very serious health consequences when used as a sanitizer in swimming pools. The obvious question is why hasn't the swimming pool industry adopted alternative technologies on a much more industry-wide basis? After all, Ozone technology for swimming pools has been in regular use for over 50 years in places like Germany, France and other European nations. Page 4.
How to Get Rid of Reoccurring Swimming Pool Algae
Algae reoccurrences happen in a swimming pool because the algae was not completely eradicated when treated. Sometimes poor or misdirected water circulation can prevent the pool chemicals from removing all of the algae.
When Swimming, Should You Blow Bubbles?
Here are a few tips on how to breathe while swimming that might help you during your next workout.
How to Master the Top 5 Challenges to Breathing...
The most common question I hear in the triathlete world about the mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involves something with breathing. In freestyle, it is the first step to get your body position right. Then, for many, you throw in breathing and everything goes haywire!
Ear Ache from Swimming - Swimmer's Ear
My ear aches after I swim - what could that be from? Is it swimmer's ear, a common problem among swimmers, a slowly developing pain in the ear. It might be! It can start with an itchy ear feeling after a swim that, in time, intensifies to pain, particularly when the ear is touched or the ear is pulled. What can you do about swimmer's ear?
How to Lose Weight with Swimming
Swimming may not be the best form of exercise for weight loss, but it can play a part in a losing weight.
Swimming Workouts for Swimmers - Week 1
These swimming workouts cover 5-weeks of swim training aimed at improved fitness and speed in the swimming pool or in open water. You can subscribe to get them e-mailed to you.
How to Winterize or Close Your Inground...
The main purpose in winterizing your swimming pool is to protect it from damage due to freezing water. Another is to keep it as clean as possible for the next season. Closing your swim pool properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to open the swimming pool for the summer.
A Guide to Choosing Swimwear for Competitive...
Competitive or fitness swimmers often need advice on selecting, sizing, and fitting swimwear. While appearance may not be as compelling an issue in competitive swimwear as it is in fashion swimwear, its fit and functionality are still just as important, if not more important. Odds are you have had some unanswered questions and concerns when choosing swimwear. Here are some tips on shopping for and fitting competitive or fitness style swimwear.
Sample Daily Workout for an 8 Week Swimming...
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How Often Should I Clean Swimming Pool Filters?
How often should I clean the swimming pool filters? Great question! The answer can vary from filter to filter, but a general guideline on any swimming pool filter is to take a reading when the filter is clean, then clean it when the pressure rises about 10 psi.
What Is The Proper Water Level In My Swim Pool?
Ideally you should keep your swimming pool water level between one third and one half the way up the opening of the pool skimmer. Why? Among other reasons, this is the level at which the swimming pool skimmers operate most efficiently.
Lap Swimming Etiquette
When you go to the swimming pool, follow these lap swim etiquette rules to help make your workout and swimming mesh with other lap swimmers.
How to Winterize Your Above Ground Swimming Pool
Closing your swim pool properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to open your above ground swimming pool for the summer. Page 2.
What to Eat Before, During, and After a Workout...
Specific guidelines on what to eat before, during, and after exercise for swimmers and other athletes. Page 4.
What to do When Your Swimming Pool Cover Falls...
Getting your swimming pool open in the Spring is much easier if your swim pool cover stays on during the Winter. Having your pool cover fall into the swimming pool during the winter can leave you with a very messy pool to clean up. Cleaning your swim pool can be a very time consuming task if the cover has fallen in. Here are some tips that can help make the job of getting your swimming pool cover out of the swim pool and getting your pool ready for swimming easier.
How to Become An Olympic Swimmer
So you have Olympic Swimming dreams? GREAT! Not many make it, but if you never try, you never will! The first step is to get swimming. You could join a local swim team with your park and recreation department, school, YMCA, or a USA Swimming club.
How To Clean Your Swimming Pool Cartridge Filter
The proper way to clean your cartridge pool filter consists of three steps. Rinsing the loose dirt, soaking in a cartridge cleaner, and rinsing again. This cleaning method is also excellent for diatemacous earth (DE) filters at the end of the season.
Back Injuries and Swimming
Specific swimming strokes can cause their own unique back injury problems. Here are some items to be aware of when doing certain strokes. Page 2.
Improving a Swimmer's 100 Freestyle
How did Alexandre Popov manage to become the world's fastest and most efficient human swimmer? The basic thrust of his program was that stroke efficiency - not training speed, hard work or power - was the #1 goal.
How Fast Can a Child Learn To Swim?
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Top Ten Newbie Triathlon Mistakes
They say the best way to learn is to make mistakes. As a newbie and Clydesdale, in my first year of competing in triathlons, I've made my share of mistakes. Here is my Top ten list of newbie triathlete mistakes. (Roman Mica/Everyman Triathlon)
Open Water Swimming For Beginners - How To Begin
Swimming in open water is your goal, where to start? I will assume that you already know how to swim. If not, take some lessons, join a YMCA or a masters swimming team and learn the crawl or freestyle. There are a few things that you can do in the pool to prepare for swimming in open water; bilateral breathing, head lifting and stroke rate training. Page 2.
Ten Ways for the Swim Parent to Sabotage Their...
After thirty-three full years of observation, it has occurred to me that some parents must internally delight in the idea of sabotaging their child's swim career. They must for some perverse reason WANT to do this, since they work so incredibly hard at it and are so remarkably successful. Hereafter, my top ten list of means and methods - and more seriously, some clear examples on positive alternatives. (John Leonard, ASCA)
100 IM Swim Workout
This workout uses 100s, 200s, and 50s of IM work to help you get better at all four strokes - swimming and turning.
Weight Lifting Routines for Swimmers - Phase A
Weight Lifting Routines for Swimmers, Phase A, from your About.com Guide
A Guide to Swimsuits for Competitive and...
In opposition to fashion swimsuits, in which appearance and style take a higher priority, fit and comfort level should be two of the most important factors when choosing a competitive or serious swimsuit. You will likely be spending a great amount of time in your swimsuit, as well as requiring strenuous motions of your body when wearing the swimsuit. Because of these facts, it is essential that you acquire a good, comfortable fit. Page 2.
If You Are Afraid to Swim, Why Would You Get...
It has always been thought that if you're uncomfortable or afraid in water, you just need to learn to swim. But if you're afraid in water, why would you get into it? Why would you want to put your face in? Why would you volunteer to take your feet off the bottom and try to swim? For over a hundred years, the common practice used for swim students who were afraid of the water was to start from the premise that if you practice something uncomfortable long enough, it will become comfortable.
Sample Template for an 8 Week Swimming Fitness...
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18 Swimming Workouts, Building From 500 to 1,500
A training plan of 18 swimming workouts, building in workout distance from 500 to 1,500 meters or yards. Page 2.
Catch-up and Fingertip Drag Swimming Drills
Details on two swimming drills for freestyle, catch-up and fingertip-drag. Page 2.
How To Change Your Swimming Pool Water Pump Motor
Unfortunately there comes a time in your life as a swimming pool owner when you are faced with replacing your swim pool water pump motor. This may be due to the bearings wearing out so that the motor is making a tremendous racket, or the motor won't run because it is burned out. Changing the motor is not difficult and can be done by the average pool owner provided you are comfortable working with electrical wiring.
Build Your Swimming Workouts to 1,500 Meters or...
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Swim Training for a Half-Ironman Distance...
The swim leg of a triathlon (sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman/Ironman 70.3, or Ironman distances) could be the easy part - or the hard part - of the triathlon. It depends upon your swimming ability; a combination of swimming skill and swimming fitness. A shorter triathlon might require more swimming speed, a longer triathlon more swimming endurance, but no matter what the distance, swimming skill or technique, swimming endurance, and swimming speed all play a part in a successful triathlon.
Why Do My Eyes Sting When I Swim?
Have you ever had stinging eyes after swimming and think the swimming pool must have too much chlorine in it? The problem is probably not enough chlorine in the swimming pool, resulting in excessive levels of chloramines.
An Inexpensive Way to Make Your Concrete...
Is the finish of your concrete pool looking stained and blotchy? Did your pool have a white finish that now looks like a stormy sky? There is an easy and inexpensive way to make it look new. Coat it with a cement waterproofer.
A General Guide to Motivation and Adult Swim...
When teaching swim lessons to adults, especially those who are beginner swimmers or learning a new skill, there are two Aspects that really jump out that make them different from teaching children's swim lessons.
Olympics Controversy and Scandal in Swimming
From swimsuits to drug use, Olympic swimming has had controversies. Michelle Smith, Dawn Fraser, and entire countries have been involved in scandals that have, in small or large fashion, tarnished swimming.
4 Ways to Reduce Drag in Freestyle
Drag is the largest inhibitor of swimming velocity, learn how to reduce swimming drag today!
Kick Workout to Wipe Out a Swimmers Legs!
Trying to find a workout that focuses on kicking? Try this one.
Swimming Time Standards Explained
For those of you familiar with time standards, like USA Swimming Top-16 Based Time Standards (B, BB, A, AA, etc.), this is nothing new. For those of you not familiar with them...
How to Swim Backstroke or Back Crawl
Steps you can follow to teach yourself how to swim backstroke, from body position to full backstroke swimming.
10/10, Fist, and One-arm Swimming Drills
How to do 10/10 drill, fist drill, and one-arm drill for freestyle swimming technique improvement. Page 3.
Signs and Symptoms of Swimmers Shoulder
Swim coaches frequently encounter swimmers complaining of pain in one or both of their shoulders. This pain is often associated with swimming freestyle, and seems to occur most often in the swimmer’s anterior shoulder region, but could also occur in other shoulder regions. When reported by swimmers, this pain often termed swimmer's shoulder, and can limit or stop training and hinder performance. Page 2.
Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises Techniques...
What is the most effective breathing exercise technique for swimmers? Coach Shev Gul takes a look at diaphragmatic breathing exercises for swimmers and how to achieve it while swimming. Using these breathing exercises in swim practice could help a swimmer perform better in training and racing and help improve recovery from training and swim meet competitions.
Chlorinated Swimming Pools Can Cause Asthma In...
Chlorine treated indoor swimming pools can cause asthma in swimmers according to research from several sources. These findings may explain why swimmers are more prone to asthma and other breathing problems than athletes in other sports. The chlorine used to sanitize the swimming pool might have harmful side effects.
Swimmer, do you have a runner's kick?
Do you have the dreaded runner's kick? Have no fear, there are things you can do to beceome a better kicker and a better swimmer. Even the worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim.
Swim Caps Part II
Which one is better? The differences between latex and silicone swim caps, and how to care for them to extend their useful life.
How Would You Build Up Your Swim Training...
There are many ways to train. How would you build up your training for a longer swim, like a 3 mile open water swim? This is one way you could do it.
Simple Strength Training for Swimmers
Weight training and dryland exercises can be used for many things, including injury prevention, rehabilitation, gain strength, build general or specific fitness, or to cross-train to improve abilities in other sports. Many training programs seem too complicated to follow. You may get discouraged, almost before you start. If this has happened to you, then perhaps you'll give this weight training program a try.
Sunburn Protection for Swimmers - Suntan or...
Swimming outside without getting burned can be a challenge. Between meets and workouts, you have to find the products that work for you. It might be a cream or lotion, or maybe the clothing you wear between events.
Warm-up for Your Swim Workout
Warming up for your swim workout is an important part of your swim training. It gets you ready to swim at your best for the main part of the workout.
What's That Yellow-Brown Stain On My Swimming...
Do you have a yellow-brown stain on your swimming pool walls? Chances are it is iron. Many municipal and even some well water sources have iron as a contaminant. How can you be sure, and how can you get rid of it?
Hand Paddles for Swimmers
Let's take a look at some of the swim paddles from Finis. They offer a variety of interesting paddles.
Michael Andrew, Caleb Dressel, Oh My!
Analysis if Michael Andrew and Caleb Dressel can still improve.
Swim Tether Stationary Swimming Belt
The Swim Tether and Swim Tether Mini will help you have a swim workout in a non-lap swimming pool.
Swimmer's Shoulder Injury Help
No swimmer works hard, swimming lap after lap, just to get injure their shoulder, but swimming too much may be the cause of swimmer's shoulder. How can a swimmer prevent swimmer's shoulder from occurring?
Should Flotation Devices or Life Jackets Be...
I received an angry phone call from a parent (the parent was not at the swimming lesson): "My son is
How to Determine Your Threshold Swimming Pace
In the swimming pool, how do swimmers know how fast to swim to get the desired training result? This depends on what result you want emphasized - anaerobic or aerobic metabolism. All swimming has some element of each, with aerobic work's contribution increasing as the distance being swum increases. What kind of swim test can you do to find your aerobic swimming paces? Page 2.
How Quickly Can You Teach a Child To Swim?
Age, experience, learn to swim program, ability, motivation, and the teacher's expertise all play a part in how fast a child can learn to swim. Page 2.
Yoga and Swimming - A training secret you...
Yoga and Swimming - Guest Author and swimmer Haley Cope
Freestyle Flip Turns for Swimmers
Heading into the wall, somersaulting, and pushing off that wall - flip turns. Wow! Looks neat. But is it necessary? Flip turns (or flipturns if you prefer) may not be necessary for swimmers, but flip turns can make your swimming a little faster and more fun.
Teaching the Butterfly Kick - A Swim Lesson Tip
When teaching a swimmer that has never butterfly kicked before, I have found that most of the competitive drills only make learning more difficult.
What Should My Swimmers Eat Before Their Next...
What should your children eat before their next swim meet? What is good swimming nutrition? Here are a few ideas for swimmers and their parents.
Swimming and Triathlon Training for Swimming -...
Ask yourself how important it is to win the swim portion of a triathlon compared to how you will perform overall. The longer the race, the less likely it is that the winner of the swim is the winner of the triathlon. But if it takes all you've got just to get through the swim, you are going to face a big challenge completing the bike and run. This is a training plan I recommend for Olympic distance or longer triathletes. Page 2.
Stretching Routines for Swimmers to Increase...
Most swimmer's workout and swimming fitness routines, including ones that I like to use, include regular stretching to increase or maintain a swimmer's flexibility. Why should a swimmer stretch? What does flexibility do for a swimmer when they swim?
Five Faster Swimming Tips
There are a lot of ways for a swimmer to swim better or swim faster. These five tips on better swimming might help you become a more efficient or a faster swimmer. Try them and see what happens to your swimming.
Faster Swimming
Swimmers, the way you position your head while you swim can have a huge effect on technique and how fast you swim. Head position can make your swimming technique fast or it can make your swimming slow. Swimming with your head up or down - which is fast, and why? Or are both good, but in different situations? Head position, body position, and balance are all related to fast swimming.
A Swim Training Plan for a Half-Ironman...
This plan is 14-weeks long. You could jump into it further down the list if you are already at that fitness level, but experience has shown that it works best by starting at the start! You do not have to do the workouts within a week in the order listed, but you should always get the first three workouts accomplished each week. Workouts #4 and #5 are good to do, but if you run out of time drop them off the to-do list for that week. Page 2.
Swimming and Breath Control
Do you control your breathing rate during sets in a swim practice? Do you follow a breathing pattern, taking one breath every certain number of swim strokes? Do a swim a certain distance and change the breathing pattern each length, such as breathing every 3-5-7-9 by 25's? Does holding your breath while swimming make you a better swimmer?
Eating for Swimmers
Avoid fat; fat is ok, eat it up. Avoid carbohydrates; carbohydrates should be the major portion of your diet. Consume a high amount protein; eat balanced portions of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there. What should a swimmer eat?
TRISWIM Anti-chlorine Shampoo, Conditioner,...
TRISWIM products for swimmers overcome many of the harmful effects of swimming pool water or swimming in lakes or oceans. Swimmers can use the shampoo and conditioner to fight green hair, swimming pool chlorine residue, and dry or damaged hair. TRISWIM body wash and TRISWIM body lotion moisturizes and removes that chlorine smell. The TRISWIM product group gets 5-stars from me - and from my wife.
Swimming and Shoulder Injuries
Most sports come with injuries to accompany them. Although swimming is, by most standards, not a sport associated with high risk of injury, it does have it’s own problems. For swimmers, by far the biggest source of sidelining swimming injuries is the shoulder.
Top Picks - Triathlon Wetsuits
A look at some of the best triathlon-specific wetsuits for triathletes, novice to professional, sprint to ironman
Olympic Swimming Rules
Olympic Swimming Rules - Breaststroke, Butterfly, IM, and Relays. Page 2.
Swimming Workouts for Open Water or a Triathlon...
Important swim workouts for an Olympic-distance triathlete or an open water swimming athleted involve race simulation, swimming skill proficiency, sustainable swimming speed, and time to recover after a swim. These sample swim workouts for open water swimming could be done as part of a swimming workout that also includes a warm-up and cool-down. Page 3.
Tap Water Linked to Stillbirths, Cancer - What...
Studies in the United States, Canada and Norway have linked chlorine byproducts in ordinary tap water to higher risks of miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women and increased incidences of bladder and colon cancer. Of disturbing news for swimming pool patrons are studies that show much higher levels of these chemicals are found in swimmers. And the highest levels are found in the most active swimmers. Page 2.
Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise...
Coach Shev Gul takes a look at diaphragmatic breathing for swimmers and how to achieve it while swimming. Using this breathing method in swim practice could help a swimmer perform better in training and racing and help improve recovery from training and swim meet competitions. Page 2.
Open Water Swimming Workout Tips
There is more to swimming than just doing lap after lap, turning when you reach the wall at the end of the swimming pool. You can swim in places with no walls - open water swimming. Depending on the reasons you do open water swimming, you may find it more psychologically rewarding; open water swimming can certainly be just as productive for building your fitness and health.
Freestyle Swimming Hand Entry Position
Where does a swimmers hand enter the water during freestyle swimming?
Buying Triathlon Wetsuits for the Swim Leg of a...
Wearing a triathlon wetsuits should give you a potential or an actual swimming speed boost. You do not have this free swim speed boost in a non-triathlon wetsuit or without a triathlon wetsuit. Want to be a faster swimmer in a triathlon? Get a triathlon-type, swim-specific wetsuit.
Swimming Distance per Stroke and Swim StrokeRate
How many swimming strokes a swimmer takes for a given distance, and how fast you take them, makes a difference in your swim training and swimming races.
Swimmers Stretching Before Your Swimming...
How many times have you seen swimmers stretching before they get in the pool? I can't count that high! Should all this stretching be taking place? We have been told that flexibility is important for increased performance ability and to decrease the occurrence of injury. Is it? It may be more important to stretch at the right time - or it might be a waste of time.
Teach Swimmers Facial Immersion, Breathe...
The secret to success when teaching young children is to make learning like play. One of my favorite
What's the Difference Between Olympic Swimming...
Many college swimmers will represent their counties in the Olympic games. The strokes that are swum in a college swim meet are the same ones that are swum in the Olympics. What's the difference between college swimming and Olympic swimming?
Sprint Swimming Challenge
Start with longer fast swims and stay fast as they get shorter. Swimmers, can you meet the Sprint Swimming Challenge?
Swimmer's Dryland Exercises for Developing a...
How important is an Early Vertical Forearm in swimming? It is undoubtedly the most important propulsive element in swimming and unfortunately for most swimmers, it also the most elusive. The bad news is that all the streamlining and effective conditioning won't make-up for a dropped-elbow, the antecedent of an EVF. The good news is that coaches have new EVF equipment and know more about how to train swimmers so they can acquire and improve this critical skill.
Aerobic Swimming Speeds
In the swimming pool, how do swimmers know how fast to swim to get the desired training result? This depends on what result you want emphasized - anaerobic or aerobic metabolism. All swimming has some element of each, with aerobic work's contribution increasing as the distance being swum increases. How can you determine appropriate swimming speeds or paces for aerobic development?
Swimmer's Gear - Kickboards, Pull-buoys, and...
Rounding out swim training by using paddles, pull-buoys and kickboards is a part of many swimmer's daily workout routine. While some athletes own their equipment, many other swimmers use whatever is at the pool.
iPod Waterproof Case from h2oaudio
h2oaudio has updates to their waterproof iPod cases, including models to fit the nano and shuffle. I tested the nano iN3 model and it worked very well, no water touched the iPod, I enjoyed some of my own tunes while swimming laps, and some other swimmers borrowed it and liked it, too. I think the shuffle-model waterproof case will be even better for fast lap swimming, but the nano-model was good for casual laps and playing around in the pool.
Open Water Swimming For Beginners - Equipment
The swimming basics, cap suit and goggles are the same with some small variations. Page 3.
Catch-up Drill - Better Swimming by Using Drills
To be a better swimmer, you need to improve your swim technique and you need to improve your swim fitness, two key elements of good swimming (you probably already realized they were needed!). Getting better at either could improve your swimming speed. Getting better at both could improve swim speed and efficiency. The catch-up drill is one of the many swimming drills that can be used to help a swimmer learn better freestyle (some folks call it front crawl) swimming technique.
Swimming Games
Ever play swimming pool games? Here are a few that you or your kids may like to try next time they are swimming.
Swimming Stroke Length, Stroke Rate and a...
Most swimmers will, at one time or another, count how many strokes they take per length and aim to reduce the number of strokes by focusing on such elements as catch, pull through, and body rotation. This is an excellent way to improve your economy and efficiency through the water.
Buying a Triathlon Wetsuit for the Swim Leg of...
Wearing a triathlon wetsuits should give you a potential or an actual swimming speed boost. You do not have this free swim speed boost in a non-triathlon wetsuit or without a triathlon wetsuit. Want to be a faster swimmer in a triathlon? Get a triathlon-type, swim-specific wetsuit but keep these features in mind as you make your choice. Page 2.
Faster Freestyle Swimming Technique
I believe the freestyle swimming pull-pattern has changed, but more in how it is described, not on what actually happens. This newer swimming pull pattern does not have the. Page 2.
Flip Turns for Everyone!
Swim to the wall. Turn around. Swim to the other wall. Turn around again. There are lots of ways to do that turn, but competitive swimmers all use flip turns - they are faster and, once learned, easier than open turns. I think they also give swimmers a little more confidence in themselves, and in their ability to hold their breath.
8 Weeks to Increased Fitness in the Pool -...
8 Weeks to Better Swimming - An 8 week plan to get you in better swimming shape - Blank Workout Template - About Swimming
Want To Be A Better Swimmer? Then Swim More...
I've seen swimmers that workout twice a week, one hour per swim, do better by making a little change to their swim workout routine. They swam three times each week for about 45-minutes per workout. They went from two hours of swimming to two and a quarter hours of swimming each week and got better.
How To Clean Swimming Pool Hand Rails and Swim...
You may have noticed your swimming pool handrails or ladders corroding or rusting. All steels can rust or stain depending on what chemicals they come in contact with. The stainless steel grades used in swim pool rails and ladders are fairly impervious to swimming pool water that is in balance. However, unbalanced water chemistry and some other causes (poor electrical grounding, pouring chemicals near the rails, etc.) can stain or rust them.
Swimmers Goggles - More to Consider Before You...
The most important goggle factor is fit, also known as not leaking. You will need to try out several different types. While at the pool, borrow different styles from other swimmers; tell them why before you ask and you should have no problem, since most of us swimmers are a friendly group.
Discovery Ultra Fast Dry Towel - Think of it as...
The Discovery Ultra Fast Dry Towel might be the perfect towel for swimmers. It gets you dry, it dries out fast, and it folds compactly for easy packing.
Get Ready for a 1500 Meter or 1650 Yard Swim
A common long distance or open water swim is the mile (1,650 yards) or 1500 meter swim. A mile is really
10 Ways Swimmers Sabotage Their Support System...
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