Better Surf Training For Maximum Results At Any Age

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“My mom once asked me, ‘Rick, when are you gonna give up surfing? My response was, ‘When they pry the surfboard out of my cold, dead fingers,’” recounts Dr. Richard Rhodes, both a scientist and longtime surfer who, at 67 years of age, is still surfing big waves, paddling an outrigger canoe competitively and conducting […]

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Indoor Swimming During Outdoor Season

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How to keep your swim training consistent, safe, & efficient. It’s easy to assume that, in summer and in warm climates, swim training outdoors is best.  However, assumptions can be problematic.  The fact is, swim training at an outdoor pool or open water isn’t always an ideal choice.  It can be problematic for swimmers, triathletes, […]

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Visualizing And Practicing Your Best Freestyle Swimming

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There are two primary skills that all triathletes and swimmers need in order to maximize their efficiency, power, and speed in open water, especially in the challenging conditions of a race. Wind, waves, currents, and crowds of athletes bumping, kicking and swimming over you are all good reasons to fully prepare for competition. In his […]

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Training In The Call Of Duty

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In 2015, U.S. Army Officer and triathlete Dave Mudek was a commander in the Global Response Force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina when the military switched his orders and sent him to be a war games observer/controller/trainer (OCT) for two years deep in the Louisiana swamps. He had just finished the triathlon season.  Dave had […]

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How to Save Your Swim Season When Injury Strikes

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Swimming is one of the best ways to recover from injury, whether you’re swim training on dry land, in the pool or open water. Injury happens. Sometimes it’s minor and other times quite significant. Perhaps you crash your bike and break your clavicle, get a gash & need stitches, or just get some bad road […]

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Open Water Swimming: Essential Skills to become Stronger, Better, and Confident with Coach Gerry Rodrigues of Tower 26

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Whether you are an experienced swimmer or an “adult-onset” swimmer, when it comes to open water swimming, everyone needs to practice the same skills to be fully-prepared for racing in the variable conditions of open water. Open water swimming requires a specialized set of physical and mental skills.  Those only come with specific open water […]

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Hyper-Focused Dryland Training Methods For Swimmers And Triathletes

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Deliberate practice makes perfect. It’s more than a cliché. And it’s true for most endeavors, and especially for athletes like swimmers, triathletes, and surfers. Focusing on specific training methods that target a particular weakness or area of concern for swimmers is crucial to prolonged success, according to Tim Crowley.  He’s the Head Strength and Conditioning […]

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How Dryland Swim Training Benefits All Skill Levels, Ages And Fitness Interests

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It’s well-known that dryland swim training is a great benefit to competitive swimmers.  But what can it do for beginners, adult-onset swimmers and people not doing swimming-related sports? We asked two experienced coaches for their advice on the subject and both agree that dryland swim training can benefit any athlete, age and fitness level. Tim […]

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Benefits of Swim-Specific Training & Conditioning

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Deliberate practice makes perfect. It’s more than a cliché. And it’s true for artists, musicians, business people, teachers, and naturally, for swimmers, triathletes, and surfers. We asked two experienced coaches for their advice on the subject and both agree that the best training for swimming is swim-specific.  They also know firsthand that swim training will […]

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Get More With Less – The Benefits of Circuit Strength Training

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Maximize your training time with circuits that improve power, endurance, and strength. Jack Fabian, Ph.D. (former head swim coach at Keene State College & the US National open water swim team), knows firsthand that high-intensity circuits are one of the most efficient ways to build power, endurance, and  strength. “For younger athletes, circuits help develop […]

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Indoor Swim Training for Time-Crunched Triathletes

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When it comes to training, triathletes have it hardest with not just one sport to train for but three. And while aspects of triathlon training, such as increased cardiovascular fitness, transfers between sports, successful triathletes can’t just train their running and hope to dominate in swimming and biking too. There is no substitute for sport-specific […]

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