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Lesson # 2: Arm and Hip Rotation - The Shark Fin Drill

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photoNow that you’ve mastered balancing on your side, it’s time to practice the foundation of the arm stroke.

Beginner Swim 101: Learning to Swim on your Side - Lesson 1

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photoTop swimmers rotate the core of the body from one side to the other while keeping the head fixed. When you rotate in this way, you move through the water more like a fish, maximizing your efficiency.

Swimming vs. Golf

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photoSwimming and golf can both present you with a meditative-like form of exercise that I have found to be both fulfilling and fun!

How to Master the Top 5 Challenges to Breathing in Freestyle

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avatarThe most common question I hear in the triathlete world about the mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involves something with breathing.

Ten Steps to Improving Your Swim

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avatarWork your weakness. In the sport of triathlon, most coaches agree that you should spend the most time working on your weakest of the three sports. For many of you this will be swimming!

Olympic Swimming vs. Triathlon Swimming

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photoMany people in the triathlon world think they need to just emulate Ian Thorpe to have a faster time, or have a similar stroke to Michael Phelps to cruise through the swim. Unfortunately...

Do you have runners kick?

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avatarHave no fear, there are things you can do. Even the worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim.

How I Became a Tri Swim Coach

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avatarKevin Koskella of gives his introduction on how he became a swim coach.

Interval Training

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avatarInterval training is used to describe the system of multiple repeat swims used in most swim training programs. The best way to improve aerobic endurance is through short rest periods.

Are Fins Useful in Training?

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avatarMost of us in the triathlon world are concerned with more than just fat burning. There are certain situations when it’s appropriate to use fins during a workout.
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Tri Swim Coach

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