How to Swim Freestyle Better: Overcoming a “Monospeed” Stroke

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A common limiter for many swimmers is the tendency to maintain the exact same hand speed through the entire stroke.  This is especially noticeable in those who began swimming as an adult. Top masters swimming coach Eric Neilsen initially brought this concept to our attention. He refers to this limiter as swimming with a “monospeed” […]

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How to Use Setbacks to Swim Stronger

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Setbacks are opportunities to use creativity, grit, and determination to swim stronger. It takes a special person to turn adversity into successful learning and improvements.  There are many forms of setbacks, whether they be an injury, illness, limited pool availability, race cancellations, and more. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate that Vasa athletes and coaches […]

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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 3

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This is part 3 in a series of blog posts where we ask important questions to successful coaches in the Vasa community.  Here are their answers to an important question: What are the primary differences in how triathletes & open water swimmers should approach swim training versus competitive pool swimmers?  Coach Dan Daly: “Triathletes and […]

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15 Reasons to Swim at Home

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How It Will Help You Swim Stronger, Better, Faster What? Swim at home without a pool? Yes, you can and thousands of athletes have been doing it for years. Did you know that dryland training from home is one of the best ways for swimmers, triathletes, and surfers to stay consistent and make improvements in […]

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How to swim faster in open water

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2012 US Olympian Alex Meyer describes how Vasa training helped his freestyle swimming technique. An epiphany moment   “I had this epiphany moment one day during practice where I didn’t feel like I was swimming very well. I imagined myself training on the Vasa SwimErg. As a result, I kept my elbow a little bit higher […]

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3 Indoor Workouts to Boost Your Swim Training

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The spring season symbolizes fresh starts. After taking some time off after the end of the season, you’re likely feeling rested, refreshed and in training for racing season.  Consistency, coupled with quality workouts, are proven to help athletes gain a smoother, faster swimming stroke.  Here are three indoor swim training workouts that will help you […]

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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 2

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This is part 2 in a series of blog posts where we ask important questions to successful coaches in the Vasa community.  Here are their answers to an important question: Why does indoor swim training on a Vasa SwimErg make sense for time-crunched swimmers & triathletes versus only swimming at the pool or open water?  Coach […]

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Ask the Coach How to Swim Faster – Part 1

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This is part 1 in a series of blog posts where we ask important questions to successful coaches in the Vasa community.  Here are their answers to an important question: What separates adult-onset swimmers who actually get fast, from those who stay slow? Coach Eric Neilsen: “Proper technique would be the biggest thing that separates […]

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How to Swim Faster and Save Time & Money

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How to swim faster doesn’t have to be complicated.  For Masters swimmers, age-group competitive swimmers, and triathletes though, it can be expensive, especially as the costs of commuting to and from the pool, swim coaching, club membership fees, and gear continue to increase. When you consider adding your valuable time to those out-of-pocket expenses, the […]

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This Kona Ironman Triathlete Shaved 7 Minutes off Swim Time with Vasa Training

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Ironman World Championship Special Interview    Salt Lake City based triathlete Nate Zarlengo has been racing triathlons for 11 years and has experienced incredible success by qualifying for the Ironman World Championships twice. During the 2021 Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Nate experienced a significant personal record by improving his swim time by 7 minutes. He went […]

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Pilates Mat Warm-Up For Better Swim Training

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Pilates-inspired Mat Warm-Up For Better Swim Training Warm-up Exercises: #1.  Quadruped thoracic rotation (3-5 reps.) a. Add leg extension Hands and knees position, hands under shoulders, knees under hips.  Spine long and neutral. One hand behind head. Inhale. Exhale to rotate upper body towards stabilizing arm on the floor. Inhale to rotate towards the ceiling. […]

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