What Competitive Swimmers Can Do to Stay Motivated All Season Long

The swim season is a long, long haul. For many fast age group swimmers there is no season—it’s non-stop from September to August, with a week or two to recover, catch up on socializing, and prepare for another monster season.With the length of the season it’s natural that there are going to be some serious dips in motivation. Sustaining that kind of focus and discipline for the seemingly endless swim practices is hard. I get it. Been there, done that....more

How to Choose an Awesome Pair of Swimming Goggles

One of the essential components of competitive swimming is a solid set of swim goggles. Along with your bathing suit, goggles form part of the “uniform” of your local lap and competitive swimmer.Goggles are a relatively new invention, only popular amongst elite swimmers since the mid 1970’s when a British breaststroker named David Wilkie put on a cap and set of goggles at the Commonwealth Games....more

5 Tips for Swimmers When Doing Strength Training

Swimmers spend a whole heap of time swimming up and down that tiled black line.From those shiver-inducing 4:45am workouts, to the long holiday training camps, to a season that a never quite seems to end competitive swimmers invest a lot into the sport. This commitment extends itself to weight training for swimmers, and to the “dryland” side of their workouts....more

Why Swimmers Should Use Fins During Warm-Up

Like you need an added excuse to wear fins—Here’s why wearing fins on during warm-up will help ease shoulder pain and prepare you for faster swimming later in practice.When it comes to pieces of swimming gear, nothing gets swimmers excited quite like getting to wear swim fins....more

The Essential Swim Equipment You Need to Make a Splash This Year in the Pool

For beginner to advanced, here is what swimmers need in order to conquer their training and the pool.The Essentials...more

4 Things Swimmers Need to Know About Women’s Technical Suits

Competitive swimmers invest a lot into their sport. There are the endless number of two-a-days, the very early morning swim practices, the long weekends at competitions, and the sweat, blood and tears that come with training 6-days a week, 50 weeks a year.The investment isn’t just in time and sweat equity, however. For competitive swimmers, particularly those with designs on swimming at the elite level, there is the hefty cost of competitive swimmer....more

The Benefits of Training with a Swimmer’s Snorkel

The swim snorkel has become one of the most popular tools in the mesh bags of competitive swimmers over the past few years, and with great reason: they are effective at helping swimmers with a wide variety of aspects of their training.Whether it is promoting better head position, increasing overall velocity, or evening out stroke balance, the swimmer’s snorkel has become a powerful weapon in every swimmer’s quest to becoming a faster, more efficient athlete in the water....more

Weight Training for Swimmers: 4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Dryland

The competitive swimming lifestyle and training schedule is no joke. With a season that nearly never ends, countless hours swimming up and down the black line, and the endless eating that goes on to fuel the training, being a top-flight swimmer is tough work.Adding a strength training component to your training is one way to get more from your time in the pool, and eventually, more from yourself when you step up on the blocks to race.Here are four key focus points for putting together a successful weight training program for competitive swimmers....more

Why You Should Use Swim Fins When Training at the Pool

If you are looking to develop your swimming then you may want to consider using fins to develop swimming technique. And no we don’t mean by getting Jaws to swim behind you to help pick up the pace.Using fins to develop techniqueThe main benefits of using fins have little to do with working your legs. Many competitive swimmers, or those trying to improve their technique, will use fins to increase their speed through the water, helping to improve their posture and keeping their hips high in the water....more

Simple Tips You Can Use Today to Protect Your Hair While Swimming

Swimming provides an excellent full-body workout that tones muscles, increases bone density and challenges the cardiovascular system. But harsh pool chemicals can wreak havoc on your skin and hair, making water exercise problematic for people with treated, colored or long hair. Chlorine and bromine, two chemicals that are commonly added to pool water to kill bacteria, can dry hair out, leaving it brittle and damaged. Swimming at the beach is no better. Your hair is exposed to salt water and sand which can also have a drying effect....more