Helping Masters Swimmers find success in swimming and encouraging adults to start swimming. Advice, tips, and suggestions for adult swimmers
Missing swim practice due to traveling for work, school, or family is to be expected at some point in time. The good news is that training while traveling is possible. To make your swim practice a success while traveling, check out the following tips and suggestions.
Open water swimming is increasing in popularity as more Masters swimmers jump into lakes, rivers, and oceans for an enjoyable swim. One of the most common questions I receive from these swimmers about open water swimming is, “Should I emulate how I swim freestyle in the pool in the open water?” The answer is both yes and no. The fundamentals of an efficient freestyle hold true, no matter if you’re swimming in a pool or the open water. But there are some adjustments you should make to your ...
If you grew up age-group swimming, chances are you did a drill during which you swam freestyle with your hands clenched in fists or had a coach who made you grip a tennis ball while swimming. You might not have known why you were doing fist drill. Many coaches still use fist drill, but as a Masters swimmer, you probably now want to know why, rather than just thinking the drill is something fun or something your coach made you do as entertainment for him or her as you beat up the water.
Last year at the USA Triathlon Art & Science of Coaching Symposium, the High Performance Director for USA Pentathlon, Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas (aka Dr. G.), presented his favorite freestyle drill. It soon became my favorite as well. I call it “Paddle-On-Head Drill,” but I have seen it referred to as the “Top Hat Drill” elsewhere, too. It helps swimmers maintain a straight head and body position during freestyle.