Category Archives for Training Tips

Getting back into training after a lazy winter?

If you have taken a bit of time off over the winter and were just starting to consider getting back into a routine for your swimming then one thing that I find to be really helpful as you return to the water is getting back a good ‘feel for the water’. How can you achieve […]

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Techniques for head position while swimming – Part 2 of 2

A few weeks back we showed you part one of Gary Hall Sr discussing correct head positioning while swimming. Gary is back now with part two where he examines the technique of three of America’s best open water swimmers Eva Fabian, Christine Jennings and Alex Meyer. Feeling inspired? Enter an event now! Enter Event

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5 reasons why warming up is important

A good warm up is essential to limit your chances of injury. With swimming using large groups of muscles it is essential that you use efficient movements and maintain a low heart rate so as not to fatigue the body. These 5 tips will give you a good routine to ensure the right outcome. Warming […]

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Advantages of swimming in a swimming squad

Now we are in the full swing of 2014 it is time to work on those goals. Now we assume one of them will be swim longer and potentially quicker, which is easier said than done. For all of you who are a multisporters as well as a swimmer you will know that busy schedules […]

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To Load or not to Load?

A few people have written to ask me whether they should be carbohydrate loading before their ocean swimming event, and it is always a hot topic in endurance sports. This article will look at the basics of carbohydrate loading and whether it is relevant for the State Ocean Swim Series. Carbohydrate loading is the practice […]

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Optimise your off-season swimming training

With fluctuations in water temperature, surface chop and currents open water swimming can sometimes feel like an entirely different sport to pool swimming, therefore requiring a different skill set than pool swimming. However, even the best open water swimmers in the world do much of their training in a pool. Pools offer objective feedback, interval […]

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