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Why Is Swimming Butterfly So Scary? (Top 4 Most Common Butterfly Mistakes) - Swimming Advice

Many beginners and even advanced swimmers dread the words "butterfly". When swimmers come to practice and see the butterfly stroke written on the board or the practice sheet, the mood suddenly goes from wonderful life enjoyment to a sad end of the world like expressions. As a coach, I can ju...

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shinfin(TM) Leg Fins Review: No More Sinking Legs During Your Swim. (Fins For Your Legs, Freedom For Your Feet) - Swimming Advice

Final rating: 4.5/5 I have already discussed proper body position while swimming freestyle and the drag forces that act upon your body on numerous occasions on this blog. However, the reality of it is that it is very easy to say, "swim relaxed with good body position", but a bit more diffi...

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Do Not Let Your Computer Take Over Your Body Posture - Go For a Swim! - Swimming Advice

Nowadays, computer skills are almost as common in everyday work life as lunch breaks. However, with this advancement in technology and skill, come also negative side effects in the face of very bad habits, especially when it comes to our body posture. I know I am guilty of it. Even right now...

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New Technology Announced To Be Introduced At The 2012 Olympics In London (Webbed Hands And Feet Are Here) - Swimming Advice

After the introduction and later shameful prohibition of the fast full body racing suits, a new groundbreaking technological advancement was approved by the world swimming governing body, FINA. This time it has nothing to do with a swim suit fabric or swim equipment, but the good old medical...

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How Can Cross-Country Skiing Improve Your Swimming? (Best Winter Cross Training For Swimmers) - Swimming Advice

Swimming is a sport that one can usually do all year round, however, depending on where you live on our water-covered planet, you might have varied swimming conditions during the course of the year though. Therefore, it might be necessary to do another alternative sport activity to supplement your s...

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Which Foot To Put Forward During The Track Start? (Make Your Track Start A Success) - Swimming Advice

Everyone is different, but some commonalities arise when it comes to right-handed or left-handed swimmers. The majority of us have one side of our body stronger than the other and this also shows during swimming specific movements and exercises, especially when deciding which foot to put forward...

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Track Start vs. Grab Start Explained (Should I Choose The Track Start Or The Grab Start For My Races?) - Swimming Advice

Should I do a track start or a grab start? That is a question I get asked quite a lot. My answer usually is that it really depends on many things. Such things could be your body agility, what type of event you swim, how deep you want to go on a dive and what you feel comfortable with. If yo...

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What Does Javelin Have In Common With Swimming? (Water Entry, Underwater Kick And Breakout During A Start) - Swimming Advice

This is the second post in the series of articles regarding what constitutes a great swimming start. If you have missed the first post, please click on the link below to get caught up and then come back. Let's recap what are the 5 key elements of a successful start from a starting block. 1) Fast...

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Perfect Your Start From The Block - Blast Off The Blocks Like A Rocket - Swimming Advice

We have now discussed the basics of diving at the beginning of your swim. So if you are comfortable with sitting dives lesson and then mastered the standing dives exercises or if you are already a competitive swimmer who just wants to improve at the start of your race, you can move on to more...

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Should I Wear a Swim Cap? (How To Choose a Swim Cap?) - Swimming Advice

To answer the question if you should wear a swim cap, let's first think about why you are swimming and to what purpose would the cap be to you. So why do you swim? If you are out there stroking from one side of the pool to the other for fun or a wonderful exercise and you have short hair, buying...

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What's Your Swim Type? (Custom Tailored Swim Classes) - Swimming Advice

The guys over at SwimSmooth have done it again. After introducing us to the Wetronome (tech gadget to help you with your stroke rate)and Mr. Smooth (an application to show you how swimming is done from all angle at all speeds), SwimSmooth has now produced SwimTypes.com. SwimSmooth's swim...

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7 Tips On How To Speed Up Your Butterfly And Breaststroke Turn - Swimming Advice

I've been swimming and coaching for many years and one thing that I see the most room for improvement, even in competitive swimmers, is the butterfly and breaststroke turn. Let me give you a few tips and tricks on how to improve and speed up your butterfly or breaststroke turn. 1) Do not be...

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