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5 Ways Swimmers Can Overcome Pre-Race Jitters

5 Ways Swimmers Can Overcome Pre-Race Jitters Whether it's your first time or 100th time standing behind the starting blocks before your race, there is always going to be room for nerves. The question any swimmer would ask themselves, though, is how to curb these jitters. Doubts regarding your readi...

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5 Ways That Failure Can Be Used to Find Success

5 Ways That Failure Can Be Used to Find Success Any swimmer you meet, no matter what level, has a dream. Whether that dream lies within or out of the water doesn’t matter. The reality is that these dreams almost always come at a price. This price happens to be failure. No one wants to fall short of ...

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5 Outside-the-Pool Activities For Faster Swimming

5 Outside-the-Pool Activities For Faster Swimming When thinking about ways to become a faster swimmer, it makes plenty of sense to consider certain things you can do differently and better IN the water. However, more swimming does not always translate to better results. As a matter of fact, there ar...

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5 Impactful Leadership Styles For Swim Teams

5 Impactful Leadership Styles For Swim Teams The best swim teams are not just defined by performance in the pool, but by team cohesiveness. To optimize both aspects of a swim team, there must be members who are willing to step up and make a difference in not only their own swim journeys but the jour...

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5 Effective Strategies to Mentor Fellow Swimmers

5 Effective Strategies to Mentor Fellow Swimmers Every team needs mentors. In difficult times, struggling athletes seek out teammates to lead them in the right direction. Fortunately, there are many ways for more experienced athletes to step up and take the roles necessary to offer that support. Whi...

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6 Ways Being Part of a Swim Team Can Enhance Your Life & Career

6 Ways Being Part of a Swim Team Can Enhance Your Life & Career Being a part of an athletic team, no matter the sport, provides far more than just fond memories with friends and athletic accomplishments. Not only can being a part of a team help you to learn about yourself and your teammates, but it ...

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7 Ways Swimmers Can Help Their Coaches

7 Ways Swimmers Can Help Their Coaches What makes a great team? No matter how complex your answer to this question is, one thing is certain. Coaches are the most important aspect of any team. Without a coach, the athletes would be lost and teams would not even be able to train or compete. As coaches...

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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Meets in the COVID Era

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Meets in the COVID Era Athletics in this global pandemic have certainly been unique, with mask-clad athletes and smaller to non-existent crowds. Swimming is no exception to these abnormalities, with the holding of "virtual" swim meets becoming a norm. Rather than two tea...

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5 Ways to Snap Out of Your Swimming Slump

5 Ways to Snap Out of Your Swimming Slump Swimming competitively can provide all sorts of triumphs. After putting in so much work in training, improving results can be therapeutic for swimmers. But, as with anything we do, these positive results are never guaranteed. Whether you are a novice, a prof...

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5 Holiday Season Swim Workouts to Give a Try

5 Holiday Season Swim Workouts to Give a Try As the conclusion of another year draws nearer, the holiday season is right around the corner. No matter what traditions and celebrations you may participate in outside of the pool, it is also a great time to finish the year strong in the pool. Winter can...

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5 Ways Swimming Can Help Your Everyday Life

5 Ways Swimming Can Help Your Everyday Life One of the most common desires a person can have is to live a healthy lifestyle, which opens up many opportunities in both the present and future. Swimming can accomplish just this, as it is a perfect exercise for the entire body that can be done by people...

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7 Memorable and Meaningful Coaches' Gift Ideas

7 Memorable and Meaningful Coaches' Gift Ideas Our swim coaches give us so much during our swimming careers: inspiration, guidance, counseling, education, skill enhancement, planning. The list goes on and on. Sometimes, swimmers and parents fail to realize just how much time, expertise, dedication, ...

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5 Effective Strategies to Limit Meet Day Nerves

5 Effective Strategies to Limit Meet Day Nerves Meet day nerves can play a significant role in any swimmer's mental game going into a race and can be extremely challenging to deal with. Whether it is the fear of having equipment malfunctions, missing a wall, not achieving a goal, or losing the big r...

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5 Challenges a Swimmer Faces and How to Conquer Them

5 Challenges a Swimmer Faces and How to Conquer Them Anybody who is familiar with competitive swimming knows that with all of the rewards the sport offers, they come with a price. This price includes a variety of challenges that can push your body and mind to their absolute limit. Below are five of...

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Don't Leave Home Without These 6 Must-Have Swimming Accessories

Don't Leave Home Without These 6 Must-Have Swimming Accessories When taking a swim, it is essential to have the right gear. Suits, caps, towels, and a reliable pair of goggles are all examples of swimming staples. If forgotten, they can make swimmers put their hands on their heads in frustration, wo...

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5 Dryland Training Exercises To Become A Stronger Swimmer

5 Dryland Training Exercises To Become A Stronger Swimmer One of the major objectives of becoming a better swimmer is to be able to move faster in the water. While pool swimming obviously helps a great deal, dryland training is another great way to build strength for better results in competition. T...

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6 Meet Day Nutrition Strategies Swimmers Should Know

6 Meet Day Nutrition Strategies Swimmers Should Know Among the most important things an athlete can do is set goals, and with these goals come standards. Proper training, sleep, and nutrition are vital necessities for success in any sport. But balancing these priorities can be challenging when jobs,...

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Overcoming Obstacles to Make Swimming Accessible to All

Overcoming Obstacles to Make Swimming Accessible to All As all swimmers can attest, our sport poses all sorts of challenges: early mornings, freezing cold water, sets of the utmost difficulty, and even simply finding the time to fit a workout into the day. What many may not realize, however, is that...

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How Open Water Swimming Can Boost Pool Performance

How Open Water Swimming Can Boost Pool Performance As swimming pool availability across the country has been at an all-time low the past few months due to COVID-19 pool closures, swimmers have struggled to find a way to train. However, as summer is getting underway, open water swimming is a pote...