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Checklist For Easier Breathing – Part 1

Stressful, disruptive breathing is one of the top complaints brought to us by swimmers seeking coaching help.  Sometimes the swimmer can experience a great improvement in ease with just one or two little adjustments. But often there are underlying structural problems...

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When Swimming In A Crowded Lane

An ideal swim training situation is to be either in a lane by yourself, or training with others in the same practice sets. But there is the situation, probably more common for some folks than others, where your only option is to share a lane with many other people,...

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Four Step Training Progression – Part 2

This continues from Part 1 of Four Step Training Progression... Customizing For Each Swimmer Let's say two swimmers are working on the same skill at camp but have different starting points, because of where they are at in their neural control for this particular...

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What Would You Wish For?

Here are some questions I have been wanting to ask all of you who enjoy reading this blog. Perhaps you would care to take a moment and write me a response. I am occasionally asked by swim students and readers when I am going to 'write a book' or compose one out of...

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Addicted To Flow

We come to the final part of our discussion of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's eight "characteristic dimensions of the flow experience" outlined in his book The Evolving Self. Let's review... Why pursue flow state?  Because flow makes it feel wonderful to do difficult...

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Which Podium Are You Aiming For?

In engineering there is this rule of optimization which says you can't optimize for everything in a system. You have to choose what few functions or goals to prioritize and give greater resources to and which to strip resources from.  You can't have it all, but you...

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When To Train With Others?

My long time friend (since 5 years old!) and I were debating the merits of training with others. Our conversation was about running, but when I composed my summary of our thoughts I realized this would apply to swimming as well, in the case of training for a...

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Lose Your Self In Flow

This continues from Part 6 of our discussion of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's eight "characteristic dimensions of the flow experience" outlined in his book The Evolving Self. #6 - Loss of self-consciousness, transcendence of ego boundaries, a sense of growth and of being...

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Train To Extend Your Energy

  If you are aspiring to swim longer distance - whatever is 'long' to you - I want to recommend to you a different way to view what you need to focus on in your precious training time.  In the first half of practice, when energy is abundant and you feel strong and...

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Flow Requires Full Attention

This continues from Part 4 of our discussion of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's eight "characteristic dimensions of the flow experience" outlined in his book The Evolving Self. The first two features of flow had more to do with planning what your training will focus upon...

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Your Swimming Brain

What draws you to the practice of Total Immersion? Is it smooth swimming? Is it for health and fitness? A lifelong goal? What about as a method to train and sharpen your brain? Does it meet all those aims? The brain physically and cognitively is absolutely...

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How To Solve Any Swimming Problem

What's the biggest obstacle standing in the way of your reaching your swimming goal? Would you like me to tell you how to solve that problem? Well, I can't address every individual problem there is, but I can point out the different categories you can search through...

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Flow Requires Clear Goals

This continues from Part 2 of our discussion of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's eight "characteristic dimensions of the flow experience" outlined in his book The Evolving Self. In The Evolving Self, Csikszentmihalyi is connecting the research findings he presented in his...

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Flow Requires Preparation

This continues from Part 1 of our discussion of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's eight "characteristic dimensions of the flow experience" outlined in his book The Evolving Self. We talk about this a lot. But, what is Flow?  First of all, you may read about Flow and Mihaly...

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Get New Insights From Old Information

When have you recently taken some time to look through your 'old' information on TI - that which you read months or years ago while studying the video, reading the book, or what you collected from your live training experience? Perhaps you scanned it once and thought...

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