3 Swimming Race Strategies to Improve Performance

Dr. GJohn Mullen Agustín Artiles, Blog, Psychology, Training 1 Comment

“SWIM YOUR WAY AND WIN HOWEVER YOU CAN” Some swimmers adopt this approach on their own when you stop paying attention: they prefer to go easy during the race, wait patiently for the right moment and shoot forward on the home straight. These athletes are very sure of themselves, cautious thinkers, audacious and driven. They don’t push too early, compete …

10 Reasons Swimmers Should Smile When the Going Gets Tough

10 Reasons Swimmers Should Smile When the Going Gets Tough

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In younger age groups, we often encounter angry swimmers who are disappointed with their performance. They are increasingly more demanding with themselves and their environment, enraged and unsatisfied after a good race if their result was not rewarded with a medal, subject to disproportionate pressure and incapable of understanding how the sport can be so unkind or even cruel to them. …

10 Painful Swimming Thoughts

10 Painful Swimming Thoughts

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It pains me to think that, in our sport, we are sometimes impudent or critical and ignore or fail to harness the talent that surrounds us. That it is so hard for us to appreciate how the commitment and dedication of some swimmers who choose to enjoy their youth in pool lanes deserve to be recognized as they seek the …

10 Concentration Techniques for Elite Swimming Performance

10 Concentration Techniques for Elite Swimming Performance

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The difference between setting a great time in competition and achieving your objective can often be found in your own mind and how easily you can focus on the goal. Too much anxiety before a competition, overzealous expectations, fear of your rivals or simply a pair of goggles that break a few moments before the race can be more than …

6 Tips When Swimming Competition Results Fail to Reflect Swimming Training Efforts

6 Tips When Swimming Competition Results Fail to Reflect Swimming Training Efforts

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Everyone knows at least one; a swimmer who never stops training, follows their coach’s instructions to the letter and provides a fine example of consistency and commitment, but has a bad swim meet. They try so hard while training that they even manage to set unbelievable times, often unimaginably good, and leave their colleagues in a state of amazement, but …

6 Swimming Parents Roles

6 Swimming Parents Roles

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A furious father, like many other swimming parents, approaches the coach to complain about his son being left out of the relay team. His wife sitting in the stands openly critiques the coaches’ decision with the other mothers and even has no qualms in insulting the coach, something she fully believes he deserves. “Look at that imbecile, he’s in the team because he’s …

30 Qualities Found in a Good Masters Swimmer

30 Qualities Found in a Good Masters Swimmer

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Steering the preparation of a masters swimmer is a highly gratifying experience. We deal with grateful and passionate athletes who do not hesitate to respond to your effort and dedication in kind when it is deserved [see the recent 99-year old who broke a World Record]. Their drive leads them to set unrealistic goals or impossible targets. As a coach, …