Sep
9

This week I started working with Mike Aigroz, world class Swiss triathlete and Ironman athlete. He’s getting ready to leave for Hawaii in about 10 days to get ready for the big show. He has been doing his swim training with Vevey Natation for a while now but never really asked for specific help. He approached me last week, asking if I were interested in helping him with his swimming before his departure for Hawaii.

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Sep
6

Most of you probably heard that on September 1, 2011 I officially started with Vevey Natation as their new Head Coach. Training for my groups started on Monday, August 29, 2011 and I wanted to share the initial workout the team did with all off you. We started slow with an aerobic freestyle and kicking workout. You can view the workout or download a PDF file at ProSwimWorkouts.com.

Sep
4

Watch this video featuring world class sprinter George Bovell while preparing for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

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Sep
1
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Columns

Recently I got caught up in a discussion with a swimmer friend about the future of technology. Somehow we ended up comparing the progress in technology to the progress in swimming and what seemed to be totally swimming unrelated in the beginning of course ended up being a heated swimming discussion between the two of us. What follows is a sum up of my personal opinion and our ramblings that started with the simple question and answer below and went on for far too long.

Question: “What’s the future of swimming?”
Answer: “Nobody knows!”

We know there are certain things that work no matter if you’re a pool or open water athlete, no matter if you swim sprints, middle-distance or distance events…all the greats of the past and the present have figured out those little details that work. But still a lot of athletes and especially coaches wonder what will the future bring to the sport of swimming. How are things going to change and what might be something only few are trying today that will be the next big thing to do to make your athletes fast in the future? Well, the answer is pretty simple – nobody knows!

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Aug
28

Freestyle Swimming iPhone App by Ben TitleyCoach Ben Titley was a recent guest on the Morning Swim Show and at the end talked about some details of the iPhone app he’s created to help coaches and swimmers with freestyle technique.

Here’s the description in the iTunes store:

“Welcome to the world’s premier freestyle swimming app by Ben Titley. Ben is the Great Britain head Olympic swimming coach and head coach to multiple World, Commonwealth and European record holders and champions. With help from athletes like Joanne Jackson, Fran Halsall, Ross Davenport, Caitlin McClatchey and Liam Tancock, he will help you understand the swimming stroke of freestyle.”

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Aug
23

Meli Malani from Fiji who had been training in the Keys with me this summer flew over to New Zealand after the Far Western Championships in California to compete in the 2011 NZ Short Course Championships. Meli won the 50 butterfly (26.45) and the 50 breaststroke (30.47), got the silver medal in the 50 free (24.42), got 4th place in the 100 butterfly (1:00.96) and got 7th place in the 100 free (56.18). He also swam the 100 IM but didn’t make final in that event. This was a great meet for Meli. Full results can be found on the New Zealand Swimming website.

Meli NZ 2011

Meli with his dad after winning the 50 butterfly in New Zealand.

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    The Secret Life of Swimmers is a public art project created by Judy Starkman for the City of Culver City. The images tell a the story of swimmers outside the pool. You can see all the photos of the project in Judy’s portfolio and even watch a promo video for the art exhibit.

Aug
8

This webinar, hosted by Open Water Swimming author Steven Munatones, a renowned marathon swimmer, coach, and commentator, will provide valuable information on preparing for, training for, and competing in an open-water event. Space is limited so reserve your seat at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/166102193.

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    Just this past week I also worked again with the swimmer from Tampa Bay Aquatics while on their 3rd team training trip in the Florida Keys. This time around it was more focus on dryland and circuit work as Gary did the technique sessions. You can read Julia Lamb’s, TBAY coach, testimonial on their experience on the Race Club website.

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    During this summer I have been working with the three Briggs boys – Trey, P.J. and John – down in the Keys. They had a full week of private lessons and we all learned a lot from each other. You can read their testimonial about their experience on the Race Club website.