Fundamentally, the only thing that really separates swimming from other sports such as running or cycling is the issue of breathing: when do I take a breath? Do I breath to the side or in front? Do I need to hold my breath?
Well here at Swimfit we have designed a specially constructed 'Breathing Masterclass' to take you from puffing and panting to pro in no time!
Did you know our fantastic 'Poolfinder' tool is now bigger and better than ever - and is now even linked to Swimfit! When you register to poolfinder you can now choose your local Swimfit pool from a drop down menu and also update this info on your profile.
Let us know your feedback! If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in the next newsletter or feedback your use of the website, just contact us and insert 'Swimbuddy' as your subject heading.
If you are learning to swim freestyle you will be coming to terms with having your face down in the water, finding air to breathe and often doing that whilst being out of your depth. Well done to you, that's not easy at all!
Learning freestyle is often a challenge in overcoming anxiety and one thing to realise is that it never goes completely, as your confidence grows it will get easier but nearly every swimmer (even elite swimmers) have some level of anxiety in the water - even if they don't openly admit it. So don't feel bad about that!
To back up that point, here's a funny extract from Coach Annie's journal from her recent trip from the UK to sunny Perth. Annie's an experienced open water swimmer but even she had a little setback she needed to overcome during a training swim:
That morning I accepted the gracious offer of a swim in the Swan River's Freshwater Bay with Swim Smooth's Adam Young. It was a crisp sunny Sunday morning and the blue shark-free waters shimmered in the early morning sunlight. We met Paul who was half way through his 20km swim building up to his Manhattan Island win a few weeks later. He and the rest of the marathon swimmer squad were putting in regular 10-30km swims in the river before heading over to New York:
Feeding from a pole is a skill marathon swimmers need to develop.
Paul started on his second 10km lap (!) and then Adam jumped in the water and headed out after Paul shouting back "There might be a few jellyfish but they don't sting!". He must be joking right, we're in a RIVER, does he think I'm that easily fooled? Please no jellyfish, I don't do jellyfish. So he swims off into the distance and I get stuck into thinking "please if there are any jellyfish, just don't come near me" coupled with "you can do this, just don't freak out now!". OMG, it turns out Matilda Bay is actually like a Japanese Jellyfish soup:
(Adam: It's bad but not quite that bad!!) Every 5 seconds the jellies were slithering over my wetsuit past my body, touching the skin on my feet and neck. Hold it together - hold it together! I did pretty well for about 30 minutes until I head-butted straight into one which then slid down my face:
The guys tell me that if you listen carefully you can still hear that scream echoing around Freshwater Bay! Although I didn't know it at the time it caused some alarm to the good people of Perth having a peaceful breakfast on their verandas overlooking the river...
Annie safely back in the pool and no worse for wear.
Our wetsuit free marathon swimming group (think big burly bronzed manly men) had just finished their own long swim and also heard the scream. They rushed to locate the source and help this damsel in distress! Frankly I wouldn't have minded being rescued at this point (especially by big burly bronzed men...) but they were nearly 1km away down the river - I guess I do scream loud! - and I was only 100m from the shore. So I managed to do a sort of backwards breast stroke keeping my head as far out of the water as possible until I could wade onto the safety of dry land and walk back tail between my legs. The marathon swimmers rushed up and asked if I knew who had screamed. As they were about to dive in and conduct a search and rescue operation I had to swallow my pride and sheepishly admit it was me... I felt pretty embarrassed for a few hours afterwards until I realised that actually, I was taking on my fears - swimming with thousands of jellyfish - and doing a pretty good job of it for quite a time. That was really hard and swimming anywhere else now feels easy in comparison! Onwards and upwards! Annie
Like Annie, give yourself a little credit for taking things on and pushing your limits, a few setbacks along the way are inevitable but try not to get down about them. The satisfaction you gain from overcoming them will be all the greater for it.
Our best advice is to push yourself a little further every session, try not to get in a comfort zone where you just do what you know you can do and nothing more. Move things forwards a little every time you swim and your confidence will grow and those fears gradually subside. However, you'll be glad to hear that swimming with jellyfish is entirely optional!
SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE'S AQUATIC HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST PHOENIX, Arizona. WE are hoping that everyone plans on having a ghoulishly good time this Halloween season. With the spookiest holiday of the year fast approaching, Swimming World is holding its first-ever Halloween Costume Contest! We are challenging you to make a unique aquatic themed Halloween costume. As long as the costume is water related, anything goes. Stand out this Halloween...go overboard (pun intended)!
SWIMMING WORLD'S EXCLUSIVE TEAM OFFER, PLUS FREE T-SHIRT PHOENIX, Arizona. SWIMMING World Magazine is now offering a new Team Partnership program that includes an exclusive subscription offer for swim team members in the United States. The offer includes a FREE Swimming World T-Shirt when team members purchase a Total Access subscription to Swimming World Magazine through their team.
FINA WORLD CUP, DOHA: TOM SHIELDS BREAKS AMERICAN RECORD; KATINKA HOSSZU TRIPLES DOHA, Qatar. KATINKA Hosszu put together a stunning title trifecta tonight at the FINA World Cup stop in Doha, while USA's Tom Shields blasted an American record in the 100 fly.
MICHAEL PHELPS DOING SOME TRAINING WITH NORTH BALTIMORE AS SPECULATION GROWS BALTIMORE, Maryland. THE winningest Olympian in history made his way back to the news on Sunday when an Associated Press report indicated that Michael Phelps has been training part-time with his former coach. Bob Bowman told Paul Newberry of the AP that his former star pupil had come to the pool from time to time for workouts but has not returned to full-time training with the goal of swimming in the Olympics in three years.
INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME IS LEAVING FORT LAUDERDALE FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. TODAY, International Swimming Hall of Fame CEO Bruce Wigo told members of the ISHOF Advisory Board that ISHOF would not be renewing its relationship with the City of Fort Lauderdale.
PARALYMPICS MAY INCLUDE DEAF ATHLETE CATEGORY BY 2020 TOKYO GAMES TOKYO, Japan. THE International Paralympic Committee announced today that it is considering adding a deaf athlete category by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, according to Inside The Games.
WHY DID ANTHONY ERVIN SELL HIS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL? NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. IN the second of three parts of a special Q&A session, Anthony Ervin talks about a myriad of topics, including the period of time when he made the decision to sell the gold medal he won in the 50 freestyle at the 2000 Olympics.
GOLDEN GOGGLES PREVIEW: PERSEVERANCE AWARD PHOENIX, Arizona. THE Perseverance Award is one of the most inspiring Golden Goggle Award categories. You have a list of swimmers who came back from depressing lows to achieve magnificent things a year or two later. Need proof? Just ask last year's winner, Jessica Hardy, who was at the lowest point an athlete could get after being yanked from the 2008 team, then returning to make the 2012 Olympic squad and winning two medals.
ELIZABETH BEISEL WINS THREE EVENTS, BUT FLORIDA CAN'T OVERCOME DAY ONE DEFICIT BERKELEY, California. AFTER leading the University of Florida by a score of 135-108 following Saturday's events, the University of California held off the Gators to win what turned out to be a lightning-fast meet as expected, 238-210, on Sunday.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW IN SEVERAL EVENTS AT INDIANA-STANFORD DUAL MEET PALO ALTO, California. THE second part of a two-day Bay area tour gave the Indiana Hoosiers a second dual-meet loss, this time against the Stanford Cardinal with a score of 183-111.
TWO WORLD RECORDS ERASED AT PACIFIC MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS WALNUT CREEK, California. RICHARD Burns and David Gildea provided some sparks to the Pacific Masters short course championships last weekend, setting two world marks.
ADAM RITTER BREAKS SECOND-OLDEST MASTERS SWIMMING WORLD RECORD AT ROWDY GAINES MASTERS CLASSIC ORLANDO, Florida. THE fifth running of the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at the YMCA Aquatic Center was arguably its best yet, as eight world records fell in short course meters competition, including one of the few world records remaining from the 1990s.
TROJANS BACK ON TOP OF NCAA MEN'S WATER POLO COLLEGE COACHES' POLL RANKINGS LOS ANGELES, California. THE University of Southern California Trojans are back in the familiar position as the top men's collegiate water polo team in the nation, according to the new coaches' poll released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
MORNING SWIM SHOW: SALLY FOSTER GIVING BACK TO SWIMMING YOUTH IN AUSTRALIA PHOENIX, Arizona. WE'RE going across the Pacific Ocean for today's edition of The Morning Swim Show, featuring Australian breaststroker Sally Foster.
SWIMMING SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SHOULDER SORENESS AND SHOULDER INJURY SANTA CLARA, California. DIFFERENTIATING pain and soreness is extremely difficult. This results in many swimmers assuming shoulder pain is expected in the sport and/or many coaches ignoring or not monitoring pain levels correctly.
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[Effortless Swimming] Three Podcasts To Change Your Swimming
Today at 2:50 PM
Whenever I'm driving to and from the pool I never listen to the radio anymore (and it's not just because of the bad music!).
I've switched to listening to podcasts. The number of 'gold nuggets' of information that I pick up are much more useful than knowing the lyrics to Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'.
This is why I started the Effortless Swimming podcast last year. I wanted to chat with knowledgable experts who can bring you useable information so you have the upper hand over your competitors. Last week I added three new podcasts, all of which I really enjoyed. I hope you do to.
The One About Fixing Swimming Injuries (with Helen Walker) - My swimmers have been seeing phsyio Helen Walker when they've had shoulder issues. The results they've had after going through her recovery process have been excellent. In this podcast we chat about what to do when injured, and how to get the most out of your strength and stretching.
The One About Going Natural (with Renee Trost) - Renee represented Australia in field hockey. Now she's using her experience as a high level athlete to improve the energy levels and wellbeing of other athletes through naturopathy. I've changed my diet over the last few months to be more natural and clean. This is a good podcast relating to energy levels uring workouts and faster recovery from sessions.
In other news I've just started using a new type of fin which are far superior to anything I've ever used. I'm recommending these fins to all of my swimmers. I'll be in touch with more details soon.
" În ceea ce priveste pegatirea fizica pe uscat pentru
formarea unui nivel ridicat al formarii rezistentei , parintii si antrenori ar
trebui să aiba grija faptul că copiii nu sunt adulți în miniatură
", a declarat Martin Reuters Health .
Guidance is key for kids' resistance training: experts
Health) - Resistance training is good for kids, but needs to be supervised and
tailored for them by a qualified professional, according to a consensus
statement by 20 doctors and fitness experts.
statement appears in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and is endorsed by
the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Federation of Sports
Medicine and the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
training - which can include light free weights, resistance bands or medicine
balls, as well as push-ups and other body-weight-bearing exercises - can
benefit young bodies and prepare them for active lives, the authors point out.
can look at the data from the Centers for Disease Control, kids are becoming
less and less fit all the time," said Dr. Tim Hewett, director of the
Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at the University of Cincinnati, who was not
involved in the statement. "There are lots of problems related to our
strength and overall fitness, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal strength all
contribute to poor health for kids, and resistance training can be a great
option to help, but moderation is key, he told Reuters Health.
many parents fear their children will be injured during exercise or will damage
their growing skeletons, childhood is actually the best time to use
weight-bearing activity to build bone mass and kids are less likely to suffer
sprains than adults, according to the statement.
designed to promote conditioning and correct form for specific sports can also
reduce the risk of injuries by 50 percent in kids and teens, the authors write.
participation in physical activity should not begin with competitive sport but
should evolve out of preparatory fitness conditioning that is sensibly
progressed over time," they write.
these activities need to be supervised by "qualified professionals,"
like trainers or coaches, with strength and conditioning certifications.
leaders need to know how to effectively communicate with kids and teens, as
well as what exercises are best for kids and teens, and "how much is too
statements in support of resistance training like this one make it easier to
inform parents and coaches who may still be hesitant, said Jeff Martin, who
co-founded CrossFit Kids, a branch of the popular and sometimes controversial
training program geared to kids from preschool age and up.
respect to resistance training, parents and coaches should always keep in mind
that children are not simply miniature adults," Martin told Reuters
especially the youngest ones, benefit most from doing many reps of little or no
weight, he said.
a former power lifter, agreed with that premise, but expressed concern that
CrossFit in particular may be too intense for kids.
have to get our kids more active but we can't overdo it," he said.
need to have fun to be engaged, and can vary widely in their ability to pay
attention and focus during sets of many reps of the same movement. When they
drop weights, he said, they could injure themselves.
recommends that preschool kids never use weights, and should focus instead on
fundamental movements like squats.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that eight year olds can start using
light weights, but children mature at vastly different rates, Martin says, and
some five year olds in his program start using very light objects or dumbbells.
key points are moderation, supervision and qualified professionals,"
Martin agree that "qualified professionals" need more than just
certifications, they need experience working with kids so they can assess a
child's developmental and emotional maturity, since that can often be an
important factor in how much is too much for each child.
should watch their children's trainers and see how the children react to them.
Do they relate well and vice versa?" said Martin. "All the
qualifications in the world will not help someone who cannot speak the language
of the children or teens in their care."
SOURCE:bit.ly/19VElvQBritish Journal of Sports Medicine, online September