The Effortless Swimming Podcast

Welcome to Part 2 of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam talked about the importance of having ankle strength and flexibility; and how can you improve your stiff ankles.

04:36 Why Underwater Dolphin Kick?
05:36 Ankle Strength And Flexibility
07:04 Range And Strength
09:21 How Do You Improve Range And Strength?
12:39 Need To Have Strong/ Smart Feet
13:03 Improving Stiff Ankles
19:28 Improving Strength
23:54 Conditioning Takes A Long Time.


Sam Fenton is the High-Performance Manager of Control High Performance, he has been involved with sports for close to 20 years now and is in charge of Strength and Conditioning/ Performance programs.

Sam will be joining us for a three-part podcast, for the next episodes, Sam and I will be talking about:

Part 2:Transforming Your Feet Into Propellors (Even If Your Ankles Are STIFF!)

Part 3:Deep Core vs 6-Pack Abs - Developing What Really Matters In Swimming

Watch out for the next episodes!!


05:42 Looking Into High-Performance Approach
06:12 High-Performance Approach and Physical Literacy Approach Together
07:12 High-Performance Approach - Wholesome Approach
12:21 Does Elite Swimmers Suffer As A Result Of Taking Softer Approach?
15:53 Being Smart About Your Rest
16:52 Incremental Improvements
19:01 For Coaches Transitioning to High-Performance Approach
22:55 Thinking Brain v.s Feeling Brain
24:15 Going Into The Zone
26::34 What Happens If You Are Training Tired?
27:02 Pre-Training Routine
28:36 Load Management
32:25 Follow The 10% Rule
33:47 Strength and Conditioning - Balance Your Body Out
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Direct download: The_Smarter_Way_To_Progress_Your_Swimming_with_Sam_Fenton_Part_1.m4a
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1:15 WHY? Total Body Force Swimming
3:50 do not focus on trying to feel the water
5:14 use whole body to create force
7:40 Bilateral breathing > Is bilateral breathing necessary?
9:21 TBF swimming gives both rhythm and balance >
12:08 straight arms recovery stroke
12:45 hand entry
13:15 head position
14:55 find the stroke that best suits you

Direct download: Brett_Suttons_TBF_Style_Of_Swimming.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

My guest in this episode is Ryan Twist, a Podiatrist from Bayswater Foot and Ankle Clinic. Anyone who is listening who wants to get into running or they have been running and they have found themselves injured, this episode is for you.

 

01:13 People Are Starting to Pick Up Running And Walking

02:49 What Are The Most Common Running Injuries?

04:56 Recommendations For Beginners (Walk Run Cycle)

06:33 The Best Strengthening Exercises For Runners

10:21 The Wrong Shoes Can Cause Injury

15:10 Injuries And Niggles: When To Run And When To Stop

18:27 How Much Should We Run?

20:37 Running Slow To Running Fast Makes A Massive Difference

24:36 Nasal Breathing

26:18 Be Patient

26:59 Role Of Mobility I Avoiding Injury


Shawn is an Ironman triathlete based in Nova Scotia, Canada. A year ago, he started some changes in his stroke and in the course over the last year, he has effectively gone from a 2:25 per hundred pace down to 1:31 per hundred. Shawn will share how he has done that, what changes he's made to his stroke and how might incorporate this changes to your own stroke.


00:56 Impressive Improvements
03:49 Everyting Was Wrong With What I Was Trying To Do
04:56 Increasing Your Stroke Rate
06:44 Finding The Sweet Spot For Stroke Rate
11:33 Timing Your Kick With The Rest Of The Stroke
12:32 What Are You Thinking About When You're Swimming In Terms Of Technique
14:08 Swimming From The Inside Out
16:42 Keeping The Videos Simple

 

 

Direct download: 225_to_131_per_100_In_12_Months_With_Shawn_Muise.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Melissa Urie is the first woman to complete 895km Uberman Ultra-Triathlon. In this podcast episode, she shares her experience during the race, doing training, and getting through the race with the use of mental strategies to survive the tough times.

5:22 Training For Uberman
10:23 The Power of A Positive Mindset
12:43 Proving Yourself That You Can Do It
13:51 Building Your Confidence
17:29 Giving Up Is Not An Option!
19:15 Post Race: Mental And Physical Recovery
25:24 Moving Forward By Going Back To Basics
29:18 Finding Identity Outside Of Sports Is Important Too
31:47 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
40:52 Training Session Management
43.24 Combat Decision Fatigue With Better Mental Habits
46:48 How To Trick Yourself Into Doing The Hard Things
55:00 What Keeps You Going?

Direct download: mel_urie_podcast.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Welcome back to another podcast episode! Today, I'll be sharing my top tips for making your open water swimming enjoyable and more challenging. Listen on in!

00:27 What Are the Drills You Can Do?
1:47 How to Break Down Or Structure An Open Water Swim
3:37 Don't Overthink It!
3:56 Overcome Open Water Swim Anxiety
5:55 Progressively Make Your Swimming More Challenging
6:39 Dynamic Breathing

Direct download: How_To_Make_Your_Open_Water_Swims_interesting.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05am EDT

Welcome Back! Here in Australia, there are a couple of pools that have started to open, you can book individual lanes for a certain amount of time. So I thought of doing a podcast talking about the best ways to get back to training once your pool has opened.

00:55 Time Frame
01:54 How Many Sessions?
02:52 What Will You Experience?
04:19 What Type Of Training Should You Be Doing?
08:39 Warm Up With Fins
09:41 Therebands
10:19 Time Trial

 

Direct download: 7_WAYS_TO_MAKE_YOUR_RETURN_TO_THE_POOL_10X_BETTER_PODCAST.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

In today's episode, we sat down with the author of the book Your New Prime, and promoter of men's health and wellness, Craig Cooper! We talked about the active approach to maintaining your physical and mental health as you age, how to get out of complacency, and how to start thriving and making steady forward progress in life.

3:40 Passion For Health
7:06 Adjusting Your Fitness As You Age
11:40 Cultivate The Friendships In Your Life
17:58 Break Free From Complacency
21:55 The Element Of Uncertainty
23:20 Live In The Moment
25:08 Good Friendships Are Key To Positive Mental Health
28:55 Life Is Challenging For Everyone
30:03 Get Together
33:45 What's Next for Craig Cooper

Direct download: Get_Better_Every_Year_With_Craig_Cooper.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

In today's episode, we are joined by a lifelong trainer and athlete Andrew Read as he talks about his program 28-day Challenge. Andrew talks through how important going back to the basics is and some of the necessary skills to influence your success at living a healthy lifestyle.

4:19 Creating A Mindset Component
5:32 Going Back To The Basics Matters
12:40 Understand How You Learn Best.
15:32 Cut To The Chase
17:35 Your Body Is Built For Walking.
20:59 Consistency Makes The Biggest Difference.
23:53 Starting From Scratch
25:02 Give It Time
28:10 Carrot And Stick Approach
31:46 Identify What Triggers Your Bad Habits And Make A Plan
35:35: Change Starts With You
37:22 Asking the Right Questions

Direct download: Eliminate_Bad_Habits_And_Master_The_Funfamentals_With_Andrew_Read.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

We are joined by Dr. Greg Wells who is the author of the book Rest, Refocus, Recharge. We discussed some of the things that are discussed in his book. He shares some strategies on why doing less will actually achieve more, how to stop reacting to things and be more deliberate, taking full control of your love, refocusing your attention and how you can stop being a slave to busyness.

02:05 Slowing Down
04:05 Sleeping As A Tool Tool To Recharge
07:29 Doing Less To Achieve More In A Day To Day Life
08:51 Pump The Breaks, Open More Space and Have More Control
11:29 You Don't Need To Do What Other People Expect Of You
13:39 From External Validation To Intrinsic Motivation
14:26 Stop Reacting And Start Being Deliberate With What You're Doing
17:08 Metacognition
21:41 Reaction versus Response
24:50 Helping Kids With Cystic Fibrosis
26:53 Pay Attention To What We Have
29:59 Multitasking Can Lead To Distractions
37:22 Get Away From Your Device - "123 Practice"
39:28 The Psychology Of Being In The Water
43:17 Bring Your Attention Right Back Into The Present Moment
48:00 It's Process Not Outcome

Direct download: greg_wells_podcast.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT


Marc Evans joins us in this episode to talk about the possible things you can do at your home during these times. In this episode, Marc discussed maintaining the feel of the water, the importance of mobility, stability, and flexibility.


00:38 Triathletes In Motion
02:40 It's Not The Strongest Athlete That Wins The Gold Medals
06:19 Functional Strength
06:58 Most Of The Triathletes Underswim In Volume
08:01 Having A High Elbow Catch
08:40 Sculling Your Hands In A Tub Of Water
10:10 Mobility Test
11:30 Technique Is Related To Mobility And Stability
12:43 Put Your Heart Monitors And GPS Aside
17:24 Using Therabands
18:55 If You Can Get It Right Out Of The Water, You Can Get It Right In The Water
19:18 Fingertip Wall Slide
22:42 Q Swim App
23:09 Swimm Specific Yoga
23:48 Cold Showers

Direct download: Marc_Evans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Tim Ballantine is a full-time endurance coach and the owner of Koa Sports. In this episode, he shares about being a coach, finding your passion, not having all the answers and intensity in training.

02:56 Coaching Philosophy
05:30 "You've Got To Find What Works For You"
06:17 You Can't Be All Things To All People
07:01 "It's Not The Words, It's How You Say Them"
09:25 "If You Don't Like It, You're Not Going To Last Very Long"
10:31 There Is No Cookie Cutter Here
14:48 Swimming As A Barrier To Entry In Triathlon
19:02 Coaching Remotely
20:18 "Don't Be Afraid To Say That You Don't Have All The Answers"
24:20 Injecting Intensity In Swimming
31:19 There's Always Something To Work On


Dan Smith joins us in this episode as he talks about his swimming, drug addiction, building character and his road to redemption.


01:28 Swimming Life As A Youngster
03:41 Burnt Out At The Age Of 14
04:46 It Was More Of An Escape For Me
05:44 What Would I Pass On To My Kids
08:38 I Am Not Defined What I Used To Be Or What I Should Be
09:53 2016 Rio Olympics
12:18 Dealing With Emotions After The Olympics
15:52 Rebuilding Your Stroke
20:11 You Got To Be Patient In Unlearning Bad Habits So That You Can Learn New Habits
26:21 Cues Used On Strokes
28:01 I Had To Go Backwards To Go Forwards
30:33 "I Am Not Worried About The Clock"
31:52 Be Realistic About The Bad Days
32:53 Tracking Your Training
34:54 Distractions Around Training

Direct download: From_Drug_Addiction_To_Olympian_With_Dan_Smith.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

00:43 Jason's Background
03:51 Dealing With Missing Out On Olympics
07:15 Being Comfortable With The New You
09:04 Without Swimming, I Wouldn't Be Able To Grow Into The Person That I Am Now"
09:49 Planting A Seed
10:48 Performing Best When The Pressure Is On
16:01 Swimming Is A Sport Where You Operate With Calmness
18:09 Becoming More Of Yourself
19:15 Nervous Energy
20:27 Having A Little Bit Of Fun
22:47 Making It Personable
26:41 Simplifying Data
30:19 Learning From Being A Swimmer To Coaching
40:02 "It's The Sense Of Achievement That Gives Us The Motivation To Continue"
41:50 Winning The Day Early On

Direct download: How_To_Develop_Your_Character_Through_Swimming_with_Jason_Cram.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

01:50 Working On Soft Skills
02:44 It Comes Down To The Way They Do What They Do
03:58 Vibe And Connection Among People
05:23 Building A Team Culture
07:10 What Does Your Values Look Like?
09:00 Identfying The Actual Behaviors That Will Say "This is Who We Are"
10:05 Responsibility Is About Me, Accountability Is About Me
12:26 Love, Care And Consideration Are Important Words Too
17:35 What Can You Do Better?
20:42 Problem Solving Is An Incredible Learning Tool
26:23 Asking The Right Questions
27:54 Stop Being So Obsessed With The Physiology
31:38 Training Is From The Neck Down But Coaching Is From The Neck Up
32:41 It's All Mental At The Top Level
38:33 You Don't Want To Burn All Your Matches Straight Away
41:05 Watching People Grow
41:45 Developing The " I Can" Attitude
46:41 Online Course For Coaching

Direct download: Dont_Put_Heart_Rate_Before_Heart_with_Wayne_Goldsmith.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

My guest on today's podcast is Stephen Jackson who first attended a clinic in 2017. At the time he was a 2:20/100m swimmer, and over the course of the last few years
he's been able to move into the 1:40/100m range. In this episode, you'll learn what to expect as you progress in your swimming journey and how you can find continual improvement in your technique and speed.

 

1:09 Athletic Background
1:54 I Swim Like A Rock
3:14 Before And After The Clinic
3:54 What Got Me In
5:00 Making It Simple
7:25 Don't Limit Yourself
8:19 Implementing The Changes Of The Stroke In A Race
10:00 "It's Motivating If You Know What Can Make You Faster"
11:00 The Difference In Training
12:37 It Starts With The Posture
14:10 Target Pace

Direct download: Stephen_Jackson.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Eney Jones is coming back for the third time to share what she has been working with recently and about trying a different approach for triathletes who needs help with their swimming.

 

01:31 Origin Of Phrases That Swim Coaches Have Used
08:26 Core Connection
10:18 Working With Triathletes
12:43 The Mental Aspect
13:41 Aloha!
15:54 Alternate Ego
17:26 You Either Win Or You Learn
19:28 Between The Stimulus And Response
21:24 Going Back To The Fundamentals Of Breathing
22:49 Connecting To Your Breath
24:37 Shells And Rocks
32:36 One Size Doesn't Fit All


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