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alternative uses for armbands

Save money and space in your kit bag by repurposing foam disc armbands as versatile training aids.

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how to use a float

Rectangular swimming floats are versatile training aids…not just for little kids!

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reasons why your kick isn't working

This video explains some common problems with kick technique in each of the swimming strokes. If your kick isn’t going anywhere, this video might help you discover why.

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can you beat an olympian?

Compare yourself to historical Olympic results and see if you could have won gold in a previous life…

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set yourself a challenge

Without a focus, swimming can be a bit boring (though of course it can also be quite meditative and relaxing), so set yourself a challenge to stay motivated, committed to exercising or to push yourself a bit harder than usual. Take a look at some of our suggestions…

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turnarounds explained

A “turnaround” is a common swim training exercise and worth incorporating into your session especially if you are aiming to improve your speed.

A turnaround consists of a repeated number of sets of a certain distance and a target time in which to swim each set. The target time includes time to rest.

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returning to fitness

How to successfully return to the pool after a period of absence, from where to start and what to expect…

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They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you always get in the pool and swim your stroke without thinking about the different elements that are involved, you’re not likely to make big improvements. Breaking the stroke down into specific exercises or drills that isolate a certain part, whether it is the kick, an arm action or the breathing, will help you to identify weak areas and refine your technique.

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balance in the water

We’re all familiar with those dreams where you feel like you’re falling and you wake up with a sudden lurch forward. The lurch is uncontrollable and is your body’s natural reaction to the sensation of falling. It is bracing you for a heavy landing. Understanding this important natural reflex may be the key to unlocking your ability to swim…

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flexibility for swimming

A lack of flexibility can cause problems for swimmers. Tight muscles can be easily strained or prone to cramp when swimming and limited range of joint movement can inhibit performance. Working on flexibility is something you can do at home or in the gym.

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counting strokes to improve your distance

The 2020 Summer of lockdown saw many parents taking the opportunity to teach their children how to ride a bike. In fact, most bike shops had completely sold out of stock during this time! Even though swimming pools were closed, it turns out that a strategy used in swim teaching made all the difference to a little girl on two-wheels…

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learn the lingo! Swimming words explained

Know your stuff with this glossary of swimming-related words:

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