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6 Pro Tips to Swim the Freestyle Faster

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The freestyle stroke is far and away the most common in both distance and sprint races. Check out our simple tips to improve your stroke and increase speed.   1. Start Strong When you push off the wall, make sure to keep your body in a tight streamline position. Keep your biceps tight to the [...]

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Swim Training Tips for Avoiding Burnout

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What is Training Burnout? Lack of concentration, the re-emergence of faulty mechanics, and loss of competitive spirit are all obvious warning signs of training burnout. Although triathletes and long-course swimmers are more likely to feel training fatigue at some point in their careers, burnout can happen to just about anyone. Recognizing the symptoms of overtraining [...]

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The Basics: How to Float in Water

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While floating is one of the easiest swimming skills to perform in theory, in reality, it can be quite a difficult skill for some swimmers to master. But with a little practice (and some pointers), there’s no reason that everyone can’t learn how to float in water.   Why Our Bodies Float Because we are [...]

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4 Freestyle Drills for a Winning Stroke

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Every swimmer knows that the key to a winning stroke is drag reduction. But this can be achieved through multiple channels. Here are four simple freestyle drills that you can easily incorporate into your current training routine. Each drill will isolate and bolster an essential component of the freestyle stroke to improve overall efficiency & [...]

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Your “Embarrassing” Swimming Questions Answered

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You might be too embarrassed to ask some of these questions in public. So, we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the most common and most embarrassing swimming questions for you (and the thousands of other swimmers who have have the same troubles).   How can I prevent chafing? Chafing. Even the word itself [...]

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Improve Your Flutter Kick with 4 Expert Tips

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Fine tuning any portion of your freestyle stroke allows you to become a more efficient (and, let’s face it – faster) swimmer. This is especially true of your flutter kick. Learning to improve your flutter kick can help you maximize stroke speed, increase efficiency, and leave the competition in your wake. Here are some simple [...]

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Winter Swimming: 5 Steps to Conquering Cold Water

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Swimming in cold water provides a multitude of benefits for the body and your health, in general. It gets the blood pumping, boosts the immune system, and leaves your muscles feeling refreshed and uninflamed. If you’re interested in cold water swimming this winter, peruse the tips below and keep them in mind as you take [...]

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The Great Unwashed: Strategies for Working out When Showers Aren’t Nearby

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I like to run. A lot. But I also live in the Midwest where days can be quite short during the winter and time is scarce during the summer. Because I ran the Ragnar Relay and completed my first 70.3 triathlon last summer, I had to train during the middle of the day at times [...]

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Cross Training For Swimmers

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Just as dryland athletes hit the pool to cross-train in a heavy-resistance environment, it’s important for swimmers to take the time to train on dryland to maintain bone density, among other benefits. According to a 2012 Forbes article, “yoga, running, and cycling are a fabulous trio of cross-training exercises, which if done regularly and well, [...]

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How to Protect Hair From Chlorine

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How to Protect Hair From Chlorine Are you an avid swimmer who suffers from dry, damaged hair – and even the occasional green tinge? There are two primary ways by which to protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine – without giving up your swimming routine altogether, that is. One: cover your hair [...]

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