Is It Time To Get A New (Inner) Coach?

Is It Time To Get A New (Inner) Coach?

Is it time to get a new coach?  How has the one you’ve got been treating you? I mean, how does he or she talk to you when things are not going well, when you are not performing as you intend? Are his or her words condemning? Is the tone harsh? Is there...
Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

Do Your Intentions For Swimming Matter?

What Is Intention? Your intention is another word for your sense of purpose.  While it is not regarded as one of the attitudes I’ve been writing about in this series, intention is regarded as a central component of mindfulness practice, as one part of the triad...
Why Do We Need Trust For Swimming?

Why Do We Need Trust For Swimming?

What role does trust play in our swimming? I see it as the foundation to everything we are doing in the water. Here are many of the ways trust plays a vital role…   Trust the Water For those who have experienced fear of the water and want to learn to swim...
Do You Have Enough Patience For Swimming?

Do You Have Enough Patience For Swimming?

We continue this exploration of what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls the Attitudes of Mindfulness with a discussion on how  patience plays an important role in our swimming practice. You may enjoy hearing Kabat Zinn briefly describe this attitude. Mindfulness for our swimming...
SwimMastery Gains Momentum

SwimMastery Gains Momentum

Despite COVID restrictions, no travel and very slow local swim coaching work, I’ve remained quite busy behind the scenes building SwimMastery with my co-founder, Tracey Baumann in UK. I am genuinely more pleased and more hopeful for the future as the months go...
Should The Expert Swimmer Become A Beginner Again?

Should The Expert Swimmer Become A Beginner Again?

The Joy of a Beginner It is a great pleasure to work with a new swimmer or one who is totally new to our way of swimming and training and have them be so open and excited at the new possibilities and see hope emerging in their mind. Their joy of discovery becomes my...
How Much Does It Matter What Others Think?

How Much Does It Matter What Others Think?

My recent deeper study on the attitudes of mindfulness have brought me to the topic of evaluation, and in particular, self-evaluation. A question I have asked somewhere before now has popped back into my mind with more importance than I understood previously, so I...
Be Powerful and Be Smooth About It

Be Powerful and Be Smooth About It

I have a saying: “Power is important, but (in water) shape is more important than power.” I use it to persuade a student to be patient with our process of developing the frame of the body and the streamline shape before we focus directly on the propulsive...
Thinking About Running (Nearly) Barefoot?

Thinking About Running (Nearly) Barefoot?

This interview with Irene Davis PhD on Peter Attia’s The Drive podcast caught my attention because it is a discussion about cushioned/minimalist running shoes, heel/forefoot strike and impact forces and injuries, transition to minimalist shoes and process for...
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