How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

How Can You Improve By Not Trying To?

For many in our culture, probably the most challenging attitude to develop in mindfulness is ‘non-striving’. It is certainly counter-intuitive in nearly every context we face.  In mindfulness meditation, non-striving could be viewed as a skill we develop...
Keep Aiming For The Bullseye

Keep Aiming For The Bullseye

Swimming Is A Complex System Swimming is a very complex package of movement skills. When it is at its best the whole body is moving as a well-tuned, unified whole – it feels relatively easy, it is energy-efficient and produces pleasing results. All the parts are...
Add A Little Gallop In Your Stroke?

Add A Little Gallop In Your Stroke?

You’ll see from time to time in elite swimming, especially in the shorter/faster events, that a swimmer may have a ‘gallop’ or ‘lope’ which is a slight up/down motion of their head and upper body during the stroke cycle. This gallop is...
Not Just What To Learn, But How

Not Just What To Learn, But How

Usually, when I observe or experience training of another kind, the instructor is giving good, even amazing ideas to the students. However, it is often unfortunate that their manner of teaching it could be so much better. We may judge a good learning experience, not...
Small Steps Toward A Longer Stroke

Small Steps Toward A Longer Stroke

This article continues from The Importance Of Making Small Steps… When I use the term ‘small steps’ I am referring specifically to taking incremental steps, or measured steps toward a goal where each step is appropriate to how far you can move...
The Importance Of Making Small Steps

The Importance Of Making Small Steps

In the previous article Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke? I described the difference between doing tricks to produce temporary adaptation – or we might call them, temporary boosts in some part of your performance – and doing the work over time...
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