How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 1

How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 1

If you want to swim farther and/or swim faster, you have to be both more skilled, and stronger. Some people focus on just one or the other. But you can develop both of those together if you require both in how you go about your training.  I trust you are already sold...
Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Watching a nicely shaped boat cut across a smooth body of water is a wonderful thing to watch.  Photo by Oleksandr Hrebelnyk on Unsplash Watching a nicely shaped swimmer cut across a smooth body of water is too!  In moving forward most easily in the water, although...
How To Improve Endurance

How To Improve Endurance

When do we need endurance? When we are going really hard? When we are going really fast? When we are going really far?  There is great discomfort in any of these and that discomfort needs to be overcome to finish, Maybe we need endurance in all three, but a different...
Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can you increase speed without increasing power?  Yes, and no.  Or rather, it depends.  To explain why the answer could be yes and it could be no, let’s look at the speed equation: Stroke Length x Stroke Rate = Speed (Velocity) In terms of training in the pool,...
What You Can Learn About Speed From Butterfly

What You Can Learn About Speed From Butterfly

Even if you do not practice the butterfly stroke, you may appreciate this approach to solving the not-getting-any-faster problem… Coach Jamee and I have been working with a mother and three kids (10, 12 and 16) on a swim team who came to us to work on freestyle...
How To Make Your Stroke Longer

How To Make Your Stroke Longer

The universal speed equation is… Speed = Stroke Length x Stroke Rate If you want to go faster in the water you need to make stroke length (SL) longer without losing more than a calculated amount of stroke rate, or you need to make stroke rate (SR) higher without...