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Posts tagged with "Swim tips"

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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Mental Training for Athletes

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High-level, endurance athletes know that mental training is just as important as physical training. Mental toughness is a cornerstone to any successful long-distance swim. But it’s equally as important to implement during daily training. If you’ve been feeling mentally weak lately, check out these 6 tips to train your brain for race day. 1. Visualize [...]

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Cold Water Swimming: How to Acclimate

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Whether you are swimming in warm water, cold water, currents, chop, or surf, you must incorporate these elements into your training (rather than just showing up to your race or event unprepared!). Cold Water Swimming Temperature can be a decisive factor in choosing whether to swim or not to swim. The majority of swimmers train [...]

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How to Use a Pull Buoy: A Crash Course

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Avoiding the Pull Buoy Crutch Thanks to Fred Carbonaro’s invention of the pull buoy in the 1960′s, swimmers everywhere argue endlessly over the virtues and pitfalls of this funny little chunk of foam. The pull buoy is meant to prop up the legs for a pull-focused set as well as place the body into an [...]

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Coming Up Short: On Dealing With Failure

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Competitive athlete, Kelly Janowski, knows the elation of a victory as well as the woe of a loss. Dealing with failure is the only path to progress. In my last blog post, I wrote about the importance of setting goals. Setting goals for yourself is a great way to keep moving forward in business, athletics [...]

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