How-to training advice from Olympian Alex Meyer: Preventing Swimmers’ Shoulder Injuries with 4 key External Rotator Exercises

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Alex Meyer is an open water swimmer who represented the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games, where he placed 10th. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships and numerous National Championships. Alex is a graduate of Harvard University. He is a passionate advocate for open water swim safety. […]

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Vermont Dedicates the Month of June to Shallow Water Blackout Awareness

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Have you ever heard of Shallow Water Blackout before? Want to save lives? Then please read on. Shallow Water Blackout (SWB) is essentially when a person “faints” while doing breath holding while swimming, free diving or playing breath holding games in the water. Until recently, SWB has been a little known phenomenon, especially in competitive […]

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In one sentence each, how do you best develop the racing skills for:

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Breathing: Focus upon breathing out, your body will fill your lungs back up again naturally. Positioning: Every race is different; however you can draft so use people’s feet to save energy. Dealing with unwanted contact: Relax. Most people are in the same boat. Don’t be aggressive back, try to find clear water. Sighting: In swimming […]

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What is the most efficient and powerful way to integrate the VASA Swim Ergometer with in-water training?

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If you have a VASA Swim Erg or Trainer on the pool deck, that’s the best-case scenario. It provides profound tactile feedback that can be immediately translated to the pool. The Erg really helps the breathing or stroke-rate challenged, because you can breathe and keep your body in a straight line. Breathing inherently creates imbalance. […]

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Sustained power. We all want it. How do we get it?

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Get the ANT+ monitor. The ability to get data from the Vasa Swim Ergometer into a platform was a major breakthrough. That happened with power meters for other sports, but before the Vasa Swim Erg, never in swimming. Open sourcing it changed the game. It’s where things are headed. Period. The Swim Erg has so much application […]

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Better Freestyle Body Rotation

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In this Freestyle swimming technique training video, Karlyn Pipes demonstrates the essential techniques needed for developing an efficient, powerful Freestyle swim with the Vasa Swim Ergometer swim training system. Coach Pipes shows how to perform a proper, powerful body rotation in Freestyle, similar to that used by the best swimmers and top triathletes. Connecting the […]

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What are the best “I-have-time-for-two” swimming drills?

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Out of water: The VASA Swim Erg. Find your optimal stroke rate to create your desired speed. If you have more strength, you may not need to take as many strokes. With the Erg, I look at the distance: what is my optimal combination of stroke rate? Find your sweet-spot, your specific stroke rate. And […]

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How do you develop core control/stability/strength?

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To excel in swimming, you need what I call “three-dimensional control in the water in all planes.” So, TRX training is amazing. Do that twice a week. I also want to comment on the myth that the inability to rotate on the VASA Swim Ergometer makes it less effective” when it comes to developing total […]

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How bad do you want it?

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Learn what it takes to be an Open Water swimming champion and Olympian by following Alex Meyer through a typical day of training as he prepares physically and mentally to compete with the world’s best swimmers. How Bad Do You Want It?

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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention – Awareness. Education. Prevention.

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  Shallow Water Blackout (SWB), until recently, has been a misunderstood and little known phenomenon, especially in competitive swimming. Over the last several months, Vasa shared a series of articles about Shallow Water Blackout and we conducted a survey to learn just how prevalent it has been in the swimming community. The survey results are […]

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