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Swimming Help For Level 4 - Advanced

The "Level 4 - Advanced" is the final level of swimming advice on this blog. It focuses on tiny details to help you swim even faster than before. You should be an experienced swimmer or a triathlete who is looking to get an edge over the competition. If you made it this far, I salute you. However, there is always room for improvement, so keep on learning new tips and tricks on how to make swimming more fun.
8 Ways To Use Your Hand Paddles - Swimming Advice

Hand paddles are commonly used in swimming pools around the world. In fact, you hardly ever see a pool deck or the infamous Lost and Found basket (yes, they do exist) without a pair of them laying around. They are either loved or hated. The main rudimentary idea behind the original hand padd...

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In the individual medley races, there are a lot of transitions between strokes: fly to back, back to breast, breast to free where each swimmer could either gain or lose time on the opponents. Usually, the most complex turn is the one from backstroke to breaststroke. In the history of swimming,...

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Learn To Swim Freestyle Backward - Swimming Advice

There is no doubt in my mind that anyone can learn how to swim and anyone can swim with ease if the right approach to learning is taken. In order to convey a certain feeling or a message to the swimmers and to keep swim workouts interesting, every coach should once in a while think outside the bo...

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Breaststroke Like An Inch Worm - Swimming Advice

Swim breaststroke like an inchworm?  Yes, however, not in the sense of up and down movement, think more in terms of the horizontal plane:).  Breaststroke is probably the easiest stroke to swim, however, the toughest along with butterfly to learn to swim correctly.  If you look around your lo...

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Do You Know How To Swim Breaststroke? (Top 5 Most Common Breaststroke Mistakes) - Swimming Advice

Knock knock. Who is there? Head hovering right above the water, perhaps even with regular rimmed glasses on and dry hair, arms slowly pushing the water to the sides with a rhythmic, lazy, and very wide breaststroke-like kick in a weird angle to the bottom of the pool. I am sure you know who...

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The Ultimate Match Up - Michael Phelps Vs. Mark Spitz (How Has The Butterfly Stroke Changed Over The Years?) - Swimming Advice

There is no doubt about the greatness of Mark Spitz in his time and Michael Phelps’ recent ongoing dominance on the swimming scene. Both Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps are multiple Olympic champions with many world records under their belts. Every competitive swimmer knows their name and drea...

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Track Start? (Top Tips On Improving Your Track Start) - Swimming Advice

When it comes to learning your swimming start, there needs to be room for experimentation. Without trying new things, you will never improve. With that in mind, let’s examine some key aspects of the track start. As I discussed in the grab vs. track start post before, the track start is bec...

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How To Get A Swimming Scholarship In USA? (Higher Education And Top Swimming Combined) - Swimming Advice

Learning to swim at an early age can have many more advantages than just mastering necessary water survival skills. It could, for example, lead to a longer-term swimming career which will affect the swimmer's life even if he or she does not plan on it. Sure, not everyone will be in the Olympic...

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Want To Swim Smooth? Check Out Mr. Smooth - The Perfect Swimming Mentor - Swimming Advice

Have you ever thought to yourself I can't seem to grasp the way my arm should move under water when I swim how should my legs move when I swim freestyle I wish there was a way to see someone swim slow motion I'd like to see how it looks from a different angle in order to understand. W...

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Wetronome - The Metronome For Swimmers - Swimming Advice

I have had a few swimmers comment on this blog about their stroke and the rhythm and as it happens I was able to get my hands on a new product called the  Wetronome. This little and simple device can help you with the rhythm, timing and the rate of your swimming stroke. As the name suggests,...

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Sprint Breaststroke Workout (How To Improve Your Breaststroke Kick) - Swimming Advice

Many of you have asked me to give some breaststroke workout advice in your comments, so here it is. Below you will find a few tips for your breaststroke 50s and 100s and I am sure it could come handy for longer events as well. First, keep in mind that breaststroke is a combination of leg power...

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How To Learn A Freestyle Flip Turn - Part 3 (Advanced) - Swimming Advice

Here are a few special tips and tricks if you are already a flip turn professional :) and you have mastered both phase 1 and phase 2 of the flip turn school. 1) Let's focus on the glide into the turn first: When you start your glide, you should be slowly submerging yourself underwater, so...

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