The Effortless Swimming Podcast

Marquest joins us in this podcast episode to talk about his early struggles when he started swimming.

01:02 Swimming Background
9:00 Doing Half Ironman
09:30 I Gotta Start With Something
16:52 But Swimming
25:53 Signing Up For The Stroke Analysis
35:53 Kicking Hard
44:18 Climbing Up A Mountain
47:10 It's Not Comfortable But I Am Not Dying

Direct download: 212_marquest_Libsyn.m4a
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My guest today is Ari Klau and he is a professional triathlete who started only at the beginning of this year. He essentially came from no swimming background at all and he is gotten to a point now where he swimming very well for someone who doesn't have a background in swimming. His background is running, he was an NCAA runner and that is particularly his strength but he is a very good cyclist as well. On this podcast, we explore what he is going through in the last year in terms of how he started with his swimming, where 's is he at now, and some of those things he has worked on and focused on with his technique to get to where's he at now. Enjoy!

 

3:15 Swimming Background
7:27 Start Of Training
9:38 Training Mindset
13:25 First Half Iron Man
16:04 Feel The Water
18:52 Finding The Balance
19:48 Making Some Changes
24:00 Video Analysis
26:35 Focusing On The Catch
30:21 Reaching The Minute Mark
42:21 "Feel For The Water"
46:44 Breathing

Direct download: 211_Starting_From_Scratch_with_Ari_Klau.m4a
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My guest today is David Tilbury-Davis. You might know him, you might not. He is the former coach of Lionel Sanders, he coaches a number of professional triathletes, he is one of the most highly successful, highly experienced triathlon coaches out there at the moment. He has been coaching for the last 26 years, he has worked with Olympic athletes, Commonwealth Games athletes, and a lot of age-group and professional triathletes. Enjoy.

 

04:54 Coaching Long-Term Athletes

08:26 Neurological Fatigue

13:42 Descending Set

19:30 Testing Overall Improvement

24:01 Resilience

29:25 Developing Technique

39:39 Openwater Swimming

41:15 Developing Openwater Swimming Skills

43:14 Safety

51:16 Risk Assessment Instincts

http://www.tilburydavis.com/
https://www.instagram.com/coachtilburs/

 

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My guest today is Phil Clayton. Phil was a professional Ironman, Surf Ironman Competitor from 1992 to 2004. In 2000, he won the World Ironman Championships. He has a lot of experience as a Surf Ironman Coach and as a swim coach. His main thing is helping people get comfortable, get experience to become open water swimmers.


05:06 Swimming Background
06:55 Where Do You Start?
12:48 Swimming In The Ocean
15:23 The Story That You Are Telling Yourself
17:34 "Marine Creatures"
28:38 Breathing Cycle
29:28 Bilaterral Breathing
33:32 Creating A Community

https://www.philclaytonandco.com/

Direct download: 209_Uncovering_The_Magic_Of_Ocean_Swimming_with_Phil_Clayton.m4a
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My guest today is a fellow coach, a competitor, a triathlete who has done a huge amount of racing. He has done one of the longer distance triathlons that there is, the Ultraman.


01:50 Competition/ Coaching Background
03:58 Training From Ironman To Ultraman
06:37 Not Too Much Running
07:28 Swim Training
08:33Swim Techniques
09:59 Open Water Swimming Skills
15:07 Coaching Triathletes
17:45 Changes In Coaching Approach
23:24 Focused On Mature Athletes
29:36 They Are Not Going To Remember All These Things Straight Away
30:56 Upcoming Events
32:39 Swimming Is A Great Body Maintenance

Direct download: 208_Preparing_For_An_Ultraman_Event_with_John_McCann_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest today is an elite athlete who won an incredible 5 World Championships in paddle boarding and holds the course record for the Molokai to Ohau race in Hawaii. Won his first full Ironman series in 2018 and the Coolangatta Gold Ironman in 2019. Join us as Matt talks about his training sessions, visions, and upcoming races.

02:48 Loving The Sport From The Getgo
04:35 Becoming A Tougher Competitor
06:47 What I Love About The Sport
09:30 The Ultimate Humility Teacher
11:57 Training Environment
14:14 Transition From Pool To Openwater
19:36 Favorite Swim Training Sessions
27:16 Upcoming Calendar Events
28:32 Train, Train, Train And Compete
32:43 What Sets You Apart
36:36 Winning The Coolangatta Gold
43:20 Visualization And Mental Imagery
46:13 Knowing The Purpose Of Drills

 

Direct download: 207_Keeping_Your_Cool_In_10ft_Surf_with_Matt_Bevilacqua_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest today is Alex from AB Physiology. Take a listen as Alex talks about the importance of breathing, shares some breathing exercises, and how we should prioritize exhale.

04:32 Strategies Used To Help People Stay Calm
06:44 Level OF Awareness Towards Breathing
09:39 Breathing Exercise
14:28 Breathing In A Highly Stressed Situation
16:16 Prioritize Your Exhale
19:40 CO2 Tolerance
29:59 Keep Your Mouth Shut And Slow Down

Direct download: 206_Its_All_About_The_Exhale_with_Alex_Butchies_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest is Olympian Tristan Hollard. I wanted to get him into the podcast to talk about his experience in qualifying, his training, and racing at the Olympics.

01:42 Holy Hollard!!
05:36 Reaching The Potential
04:01 Developing Discipline And Routine
07:56 It's Not Easy
09:43 It Changed My Life Completely
11:51 Is This What's Best For Me?
14:14 Changing The Attitude Towards The Program
18:45 Changing Your Headspace
20:37 Making It To Team
24:33 After Qualifying For The Olympics
28:38 Lessons From The Olympics
30:00 Expectations
32:44 Having The Best Swimmers In The World Around You
38:51 Mentally Reflective/Overthinking
40:58 Future Plans

 

 


My guest today is Irene Cats from Swimfitforlife based up in far north Queensland. I find a lot of similarities between me and Irene as a coach, we normally coach adults, and a lot of adults that haven't got any swimming backgrounds or adults who just learned how to swim. In this podcast, I want to talk about the things that help these swimmers be more efficient, enjoy the water more, and become better swimmers.

01:21 Swimming Principles
04:11 Starting Point
05:13 Body Position
08:39 You Can't See Yourself
10:43 Snorkels
12:34 Understanding Water And Finding Your Grip
18:37 Drills/ Bending Of Elbows
22:39 Timing
25:35 Breathing
30:39 Follow A Swimming Program/ Get Some Help
35:20 Swimfitforlife Swimming Camps

Direct download: 204_The_Beginners_Guide_To_Freestyle_with_Irene_Cats.m4a
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Seeing some incredible improvement with his swimming time, I want to get Chris into the podcast to get his take on what's made the difference for him and with experiences like this, a lot of listeners will surely have a lot of takeaways that could help them in their swimming journey.

01:36 Swimming Background
04:14 Training Plan For Triathlon
07:47 First Swim Analysis
04:15 Saw An Effortless Swimming Video Online
16:21 5-Day Catch Challenge
16:52 Slower With The Masters Club
18:23 Areas OF Improvement
20:14 Doing The Drills
23:09 Variable Pace Training
26:15 Not All Sunshine And Rainbows
34:45 What's Ahead
36:51 Recording Swim Videos

Direct download: 203_Cracking_The_30_minute_Half_Ironman_Swim_with_Chris_Naimoli.m4a
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I have been working with Chris for a little bit over a year and recently had a good result in his Ironman swim. I thought it would really good to get him into the podcast to talk about what he has done to improve his swimming.

01:09 Swimming Background
02:40 Swimming In The Dark
04:18 Reluctant To Record A Video
06:02 Ripping The Band-Aid Off
08:03 Get Over That Fear And Talk About It.
09:42 Ironman Race
15:57 Focusing Technique and Drills
17:50 Training Solo
18:42 Confidence In The Pool
20:32 Areas Of Improvement
24:16 Sprinting Faster

 

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Direct download: 202_Getting_Beyond_145_per_100_with_Chris_Georgeson_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest today is Prescott Balch. Prescott was recently featured in one of our YouTube videos where we are looking at how can someone can go from 2:10 minutes per hundred down to 1:30. I want to get him into the podcast to talk about his experience and frustrations when it comes to open water and how he was able to manage it.

02:03 Swimming Background
04:19 Don't Try To Work On Too Much
05:44 Steady Progress
08:21 Terrible Race Results
10:34 Frustrations
13:51 8 Week Faster Freestyle Program
15:13 Open Water v.s. The Pool
20:19 Half Ironman
25:23 Starting Slow In Triathlon Swim
26:45 Easy Speed
28:28 You'll Never Know What Race Day Brings
31:51 Always Be Humble Enough To Go To Basics
33:21 Breathing And Relaxation
34:10 Learn To Like Open Water Swimming


Our guest today is Ben Kent who had recently made some big improvements with his swimming time. I like to get people who have gone through some of our programs and mage improvements just to show that it is possible and with the right focus and know how you can really make changes to your times by improving your technique.

00:54 Swimming Background
01:50 They Told Me I Could Not Run Anymore
02:38 Doing The 5 Day Catch Challenge
04:58 I feel Like Going Slower And Swimming Easier
06:46 Contrast Drills
08:00 Motivated After Seeing Improvements

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Our guest today is Neil Agius who recently broke the World Record for the Longest Non-Stop Swim in the Ocean which is 125km over 52 hours. Join me as Neil talks about his incredible swim.

01:53 After The Swim
02:47 How Much Time To Train And Prepare For The Big Swim
03:33 Week Structure/Scheduling
04:16 Managing Emotions And Energy
06:26 Strategy For Dealing With Long Swims
07:26 Swimming Conditions
10:29 Cadence And Conserving Energy
12:15 Raising The Level Of Capacity
13:34 The Team
20:47 Energy And Spirituality
22:28 Self Realization
24:47 Turning Negative Into Positive
25:50 Race For A Cause: Wave Of Change
30:43 Getting Back To The Water
32:42 Future Swims

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/neilagius.official

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/neil.agius/


Today, we are talking about the 5th and final Core Principle of Fast Freestyle: find your rhythm and timing.


00:36 The Dancing Part Of Freestyle
01:13 Kick Timing
04:35 Use Different Types Of Kick
10:33 Serape Effect
13:35 Hand Speed
14:07 Split Tempo
17:54 Drills
19:22 8 Week Faster Freestyle Course

Direct download: podcast198.mp3
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In today's episode, we will be discussing the core principle number four of Fast Freestyle, which is developing an effective catch and pull.

01:40 No Need To Overpower The Catch
03:07 Teaching The Four Key Positions
04:00 Start Of The Catch
06:00 High Elbow Catch
07:35 Power Diamond Position
10:20 Exit Of The Stroke
11:36 YMCA Drill Progression
14:38 More Drills To Work On Your Catch
15:07 Setup Phase
16:35 Path Of The Hand
17:57 Hand Speed


Today we are talking about the third core principle of Fast freestyle which is Rock, Return And Align.

00:36 Rock v.s. Rolling
02:15 Return
03:24 Correct Entry
06:08 Align

Direct download: CP3.m4a
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In today's episode, we're looking at Core Principle Number 2. This principle is all about minimizing drag. Here are the three things that we covered on this principle.

01:46 Proud Posture
05:06 Taut Core
9:00 Effective Kick

The 5 Core Principles Of Fast Freestyle:
https://effortlessswimming.com/5-core-principles-of-fast-freestyle/

Direct download: 195_LIBSYN.m4a
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In this week's episode, I want to cover the foundation on how we teach technique and the structure that we follow when we analyze stroke which is the 5 Core Principles of Fast Freestyle.

01:45 Use Your Diaphragm
02:29 Breathing Exercises Out Of The Water
03:42 Box Breathing
04:04 Relax Your Chest And Upper Back
05:38 Having The Right Posture
06:52 Letting Go When You Exhale

The 5 Core Principle Of Fast Freestyle:
https://effortlessswimming.com/5-core-principles-of-fast-freestyle/

Direct download: 194_libsyn.m4a
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My guest today is Frank Sole who is a fellow coach from Arizona and the author of "The Five 'B' To A Succesful Triathlon Swim. Reading through his book, I found so many similarities about how we coach. I want to get him to the podcast because I think there will some good discussion about it and I would love to learn from other coaches.


01:14 Coaching Approach
03:16 Working With Masters And Triathletes
04:31 When Do You Expect To See Results
08:34 The Ability To Relax
15:11 Teaching The Right Posture
20:14 It's Always About The Swim But It's Not Always About The Water
24:57 Either You Got Or You Don't?
34:53 Multitasking
40:58 SR X SL=Velocity
52:41 More Mentally Tired Than Physically Tired
56:39 Opportunity To Improve
1:01Even Out Of Chaos Comes A Blessing

Direct download: FRANK_3.m4a
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My guest today is Simon Hearn, a professional triathlete whom I've known for a couple of years now. He turned pro in the last two years and I want to get him in the podcast to talk about that journey and a little bit about his journey in swimming.

01:49 Start Of Triathlon Journey
03:35 Turning Pro
05:54 Impostor Syndrome
08:16 Placing 4th On A Full Distance Ironman
09:27 Swimming Background
14:16 Training Surges
16:42 Prescribed Pace
18:23 The Gap Between Effort Levels - Developing Gears In Between
26:02 As A Physio
30:44 Mobility And Stability Work
37:37 Being Conscious In The Water
39:29 Motivation
41:35 Begin To Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Direct download: Patience_And_The_Power_Of_Long_Term_Thinking_with_Simon_Hearn_LIBSYN.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

My guest today is Nic Owens who is based in Sydney. Nic mentioned that he has been stuck with his time for over a year and now recently has made a significant improvement with his time. I want to get him into the podcast so that he can share what he did to achieve this huge improvement

01:14 Reaching 17 Minutes Per Kilometer
03:21 Does It Feel Different?
04:34 Needing To Stretch Time Between Each Stroke
05:48 It Made A Lot Of Sense
08:33 Take-Aways From The 5 Day Catch Challenge
10:57 Enjoyment In Swimming
13:25 Technique and Consistency
15:37 Room For Improvement

Direct download: 191_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest today is Brett Hawke. Brett is a former Australian swimmer, two-time Olympian, and Commonwealth Games, medalist. He has competed and coached at the elite level and has a number of athletes who did very well at the recent Olympics. In this episode, Brett talks about his coaching, as well as some of the methods he likes to use and how likes to train sprinters.

01:42 Significant Race in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
03:58 Bruno Fratus Winning His First Medal
05:14 From Elite Swimmer To Coaching
07:38 Sometimes You Need To Stop And Let It Go
08:52 Talents In The Australian Team
13:09 Fundamentals Of Sprinting
15:51 Beating World Records
18:08 We Tend To Put Limits With Ourselves
19:29 Favorite Things About Coaching
21:36 Psychology Of Sports
27:48 Coaching Style

Direct download: 190_Brett_Hawke_LIBSYN.m4a
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My guest today is Kiah Melverton who has just returned from Tokyo. She recently placed 6th in the 800m and the 1500m Freestyle. Join us as she talks about her experience during the trial, leading up to the Olympics and the Olympics.

1:33 Racing With No Crowd
4:31 Leading To Trials
5:40 5 Weeks Between Trials And Olympics
6:59 Is It Harder To Hit PBs in the Olympics?
7:50 First Race
9:02 Making The Finals
9:57 Fake Crowd Noises?
10:41 Sleeping At Night Before The Finals
11:40 Olympics Being Postponed For A Year
12:28 The Australian Team
15:55 Leadership Group
17:16 Watching It Live
19:32 Typical Week Of Training
21:30 Being A Distance Swimmer
24:54 Technique And Drills
28:24 Tension Is The Enemy Of Fast Swimming

Direct download: 189_Kiah_Melverton_LIBSYN.m4a
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Joining us again is Carl Reader. He has a background in Exercise Physiology and Pilatesbut primarily working in Functional Movement. We recently created a course together which is Functional Movement for swimmers. in this course, Carl teaches you how to do some of the primary movements correctly that is going to help you as a swimmer.

3:47 Scientific But Not Functional
5:04 Injuries are Caused By Movements That Are Not Functional
6:16 Serape Effect
8:35 Shoulder Issues
10:07 How Much Does It Take For Someone To Make The Change
14:55 Core Strength And Squatting
18:24 Squatting Is The Body's Power Position
20:02 Swimmers And Squatting


https://www.effortlessswimming.coach/functional-movement/
https://carlreadercoaching.com/

Direct download: 188_Carl_Reader.m4a
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Joining us in this podcast is Brad Beer who is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, Founder of POGO Physio, best-selling author of 'You CAN Run Pain-Free!', podcast host of The Physical Performance Show, and also an experienced runner and triathlete.

1:08 Working with Elite Athletes
2:28 Common Trend in Injuries Among Athletes
5:05 Avoiding Injuries When you are Coming From Off-Season
7:57 Strength Versus Mobility
10:49 The Importance Of Fueling
16:37 Swimming Background
20:45 Why Does Under Fueling Leads To Bone-Stress Injuries
24:50 Swimmers With Shoulder Injuries
30:06 Injury Rehabilitation And Recovery
32:48 Capacity Testing


Amy recently did the Cairns Ironman. She had a pretty big PB. She went from 1:18 down to 1:09. I invited her to the podcast to chat about what she did to make such a big improvement on her swimming speed.

01:05 What Inspired You To Work On Your Swimming
02:26 Take Away From The Effortless Swimming Clinic
03:08 It Takes Patience
04:20 Making Changes Permanent
05:46 Clinic Expectations
07:59 Noticing Changes On The Stroke
08:44 Keeping Those Changes In The Openwater
11:00 Few Things At A Time

Direct download: 186_Wiping_9_Minutes_From_Your_Ironman_Swim_Time_With_Amy_Ryan_Libsyn.m4a
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Julie McDonald is one of Australia’s most celebrated Swimmers. She’s competed in 2 Commonwealth Games and 2 Olympics. Julie held the Commonwealth Record for the 800m freestyle for 21 years, the longest standing record for any Australian. Join me as Julie talks about her experience competing in the Olympics.


00:46 Exciting Swimming Events Going On
06:00 Is It All About The Gold?
10:10 Going To My First Olympic
13:08 Getting Your Head Into The Right Space
16:47 Olympic Flashback
19:52 Best Swim
22:17 Second Olympic Performance
27:39 Listen To Your Body
28:51 Using Logbooks
30:50 Hardest Week Of Training
34:43 Transition From Athlete to Working
39:51 Positive Mindset Is A Daily Activity
46:27 Consistency

Direct download: 185_The_Highs_And_Lows_Of_Being_An_Olympian_with_Julie_McDonald_LIBSYN.m4a
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Abe Goldberg has recently been through the 5-Day Catch Challenge. He knocked 7 seconds per hundred of his 1000 yeard time trial. I thought it would be great to get him on so that he can share what he changed about his stroke and about his swimming because I think it's going to be relevant to a wider audience and I am sure there's going to be some learning that people can take away from this and will apply it to their own swimming.


2:10 Open Recovery Versus High Elbow Recovery
4:10 Doing It Consistently
5:49 Being Mindful Of Front Quadrant
8:58 Using Bouyancy Shorts
11:46 Swimming Downhill
12:30 It's Okay To Come Up With Your Way Of Doing Things
14:50 Ongoing Commitment
17:07 Using Numbers

Direct download: 184_Goldberg.m4a
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My guest today is Sam Laidlow who is considered one of the best triathletes in France today. He is born in the UK and was raised in French Pyrénées. Join us as Sam talks about his training, beliefs, and goals.

00:46 Working Hard And Working Smart
01:59 Dad As A Coach
03:39 Swimming 3X A Week
05:22 Big Part of Success In Swimming Is How Much You Enjoy It
06:06 There Is No One Way OF Swimming
08:18 Swimming With Stones
09:56 Strength Development
12:41 Go-To Sets
15:03 Should I Learn How To Flip Turn?
16:32 If You Don't Use It, You Will Certainly Lose It
17:47 Spending Too Much Time Running And Biking
19:16 Main Goals
22:38 Best Time
23:42 This Is What I Want To Do
27:29 Contact Sam Laidlow

 

Direct download: How_To_Beat_Jan_Frodeno_Out_OF_The_Water_With_Sam_Laidlow_LIBSYN.m4a
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In this episode, I am chatting with Phil Rush, who has the fastest double and triple crossing of the English Channel. In this episode, we chat about a number of things including how can you get better at adapting to the cold, the type of training that you need to be doing if you are looking to do a marathon swimming, what are the important factors when you are thinking of the training that you are doing. Is it the distance that you are doing? Is it the speed? Feeding? What are some aspects of the training? If you are into open-water swimming, cold water swimming, or looking to increase the distance that you are doing, then this a podcast for you.

03:21 Successful Crossing Despite The Pandemic
4:13 Everybody's Body Reacts Differently In The Cold
05:27 Strategies If You Find Someone Getting Cold
10:31 No Filter, No BS
15:50 Getting Into The Right Mindset
19:01 Controlling Your Mind
28:35 Cold Water Adaptation
31:52 What Is The Best Way To Train For An Openwater Swim?

Direct download: 182_libsyn.m4a
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My guest today is Peter Bloor from Vietnam. I invited him on the podcast to talk about the impressive results he has observed after day two of the '5 Day Catch Challenge'. He shared about what he had changed and did to make such an improvement.

1:00 Swimming Background
3:35 Did the '5 Day Catch Challenge' Each Day Twice
4:45 Less Tired And Feeling Better
5:45 The Importance Of Slow To Fast
8:19 One Focus A Day Is The Way To Go
10:05 Watching Swim Videos On Youtube
12:11 Training Sessions
13:53 8th Week Program

Direct download: finalpodcast181.mp3
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My guest today is Jeff Grace from Swimming Specific Yoga. Jeff has been in the podcast before. Now he is coming back to talk more about body awareness, mobility. preparation and many more.

02:26 Moving Better With Yoga
04:55 Body Awareness in Overhead Movements
06:55 Thoracic Mobility
08:18 Increasing Thoracic Spine Mobility
12:36 Rock Not Roll
13:21 Cross-Body Connections
15:05 How You Perform Drills Is More Important Than How Many Drill You Do
17:04 Activation and Relaxation
18:44 Effortless Effort
23:10 The Breath
26:02 Preparation

Direct download: 180_How_To_Move_Better_On_Land.m4a
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My guest today is Bevan Mckinnon. He is a coach at Fitter Coaching and he hosts a podcast called Fitter Radio. Bevan coaches multiple pro triathletes who have won several Ironman and 70.3 Distance Events. He has also won the Age Group World Championships in Kona and other long course events. In this episode, we are talking about some of the lessons that he has learned over the last several years of coaching and how they might apply to triathletes and swimmers who are looking to get better at swimming.

8:41 Environment And Coaching
9:57 Being An Objective Coach
11:27 Coaching Pros and Age Groupers. Is There A Difference?
12:47 Art of Coaching And The Science of Coaching
14:56 Teaching Teachers How To Teach
18:21 Giving The Athletes The Power To Decide
27:52 Swim Chute
33:40 Increasing Stroke Rate
Finding The Right Resource

Direct download: 7_Lessons_From_Coaching_The_Pros_With_Bevan_Mckinnon.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In todays episode, I want to go over an article that I was sent recently by Bevan Mckinnon who host the podcast Fitter Radio. I thought it is going to be worhtwhile going over this article that he sent because when I first read the title and when I read the first couple of paragraphs, it kind of got my hackels up a little bit, thinking that this is not right but as I continue to read through it, I found myself agreeing to most of this.

1:50 This Isn't Right
2:49 Drills Change Certain Aspect Of The Stroke
3:14 Knowing The Purpose Of The Drill
4:17 Making It As Simple As Possible
5:32 YMCA Drill Progression
10:36 Make Sure You're Doing The Drills Correctly

Direct download: Do_Swim_Drills_Work.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

Joining us in this episode is Kris Martenstyn from Singapore, who had some great results from the 5 Day Catch Challenge that we recently run. He will talk about the improvements he has seen and what he may have changed about his stroke to get these results.1:02 Swimming Background
2:56 Bringing In The 5 Day Catch Challenge Into My Workouts
4:19 The Entry
9:09 It Was Good To Come Back To Basics
12:00  Good Technique And Relaxation In The Water
15:33 Stick To The Routine
16:39 Swimming Makes You a Better Runner
17:58 Going Forwards
19:39 Achievement UnlockedPUT the 5-day catch link

Direct download: 177_Podcast_4_Seconds_Faster_in_5_Days_with_Kris_Martenstyn.mp3
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My guest today is Quang Pham who recently had a significant improvement with his swim time. I thought it would be useful to have him share what he has done to improve. Listen to this episode, you might pick a couple of things that you might implement on your own.

1:40 Benchmarks

04:29 What Made The Difference

5:48 Swimming Has Become Easier

7:18 What Works Best For Me

8:37 What Got Me Into The Pool

12:00 The Next Step

13:59 Having A Structure

15:52 Initializing The Catch With The Ring And Pinky Finger

Direct download: 225_To_210_100m_In_2_Months_with_Quang_Pham_AUDIO_LIBSYN.m4a
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Joining us in this episode is Trey St. John whom I have been working with for a couple of months. Trey recently joined a triathlon and couldn't believe that he clocked in a sub-24 minute time. Join us as Trey talks about what he thinks contributed to this significant change.

00:47 Swimming Background
1:55 I Needed To Start Swimming
3:19 Watching Feedback Friday Videos
5:38 Fitness Is There But No Technique
6:03 I Really Wanted To Qualify
8:44 I Started Seeing Improvements
12:07 Using A Different Pair Goggles Right Before The Race
14:47 Consistency. Strength Work. Coaching
18:30 Using Bands
22:08 Providing Stroke Analysis Online
25:02 Awareness In The Water
25:22 Small Changes Can Make A Huge Impact
26:50 Preparing For Open Water Swimming
28:49 Open Water Sighting

Direct download: Trey_St_John.m4a
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My guest today is Hollie Buerckner who just completed a 100km around the bay, starting from Port Melbourne finishing in Sorrento. Join us in this podcast as Hollie shares her experience during that 5 day swim.

4:52 Having a great support system is important

7:27 Unlucky Weather

8:28 First To Last Day Experience

13:47 Struggles

21:59 Block Negative Thoughts

26:30 Swimming With Your Old Self

31:11 Everything Comes To An End

33:56 Expand your Comfort Zone

40:10 Post Swim

48:50 It's Not About Winning, More on Improving Yourself

Direct download: hollie.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

My guest today is Chung-Haun Li who has been on our Stroke Analysis Membership for 12 months. I have asked Chung-Haun to guest in our podcast to share his story and improvement for the last 12 months because he's had a pretty significant improvement with his time and technique.

01:14 12 Months Ago
02:29 I Didn't Know What's Wrong With My Stroke
05:03 " The Only Thing That I Know Is That I Am Slow And I Didn't Know What To DO"
08:19 Improving My Balance
11:55 Improving My Stroke Rate
15:42 Your Threshold Speed Is Just A Percentage OF Your Top Speed
19:41 Planned Work Out
20:51 Frustrations

 

 

Direct download: 145_to_130_100m_in_12_Months_with_Chung_Haun_Li_AUDIO.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am EDT


Rebecca Hollingsworth recently swam across the Cook Strait. In this episode, she talks about how her preparation, training, and experience on that swim.


00:40 It's Supposed to be 23km
2:23 Training While Waiting For Another Window
5:00 Doing A Tandem Swim
8:42 Not Slowing Down
9:28 Cold Adaptation
11:08 Fuelling
14:35 After The Swim (Mental Toll)


My guest today is John Hancock, the most recent person who successfully completed the Lake Taupo swim.

00:46 Lake Taupo
02:29 Deciding To Cross Lake Taupo and How Long is The Preparation
05:34 Is 2 Month Preparation Enough?
08:27 "As Long As You Can Keep Moving, You Will Get There"
09:53 Recovery
12:16 Thoughts While for 14 Hours
16:49 Positivity v.s. Dark Thoughts During The Swim
23:39 After The Swim
28:39 Swimming With Squad

John's Swim Report:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/eug07sqzhortyvm/210315-Taupo%2040.2%20swim-compressed.pdf

Direct download: 40km_Across_Lake_Taupo_with_John_Hancock.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44am EDT

In this episode, I want to talk about making your swimming effortless. I have been watching about Lionel Sanders, a professional triathlete has put up in his swimming recently which he has titled "Stop Sucking At Swimming" and he is basically trying to improve his swimming to be a front pack swimmer in his swim and not lose so much ground on his swim. It has been interesting hearing him talk about the things that he is going through and how he is going to change his mindset and his approach to swimming.


00:56 Try Less To Go Faster
02:35 Try This The Next Time You Are In The Pool
04:22 Effortless Swimming?
05:16 Not Going To Happen Every Time
05:37 Do A Longer Warm-Up
06:36 Sets That Progressively Get Quicker
08:16 Get Your Technique Looked At And Be Consistent

Direct download: How_To_Make_Your_Swimming_Feel_Effortless.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am EDT

Do you only have one speed?
In this episode, we are talking about developing your gears as a swimmer. If you want to develop your ability and your skills as a swimmer or as a triathlete, then it is going to really pay off to be able to adjust the effort you put in and the speed that you get back as a result of it. We are also talking about the common mistakes that people make when they struggle to increase their speed.

01:15 Accordion Effect

02:23 Apply More Pressure and Power At The Front Of Your Stroke

03:31 Difference In Speed Is Minimal

07:25 Tighten Up The Kick

08:41 Tuning Into Your Breathing

Direct download: How_To_Avoid_Being_A_One_Speed_Swimmer.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

I thought it might be useful through some of the things that I am tweaking, adjusting, and changing with my own swimming that you may find useful in your own swimming.


00:36 Changing Habits and Having a Good Routine
02:55 Starting The Day The Right Way
05:50 Training Harder and Longer Sessions
06:17 Expanding Skillset and Boundaries
10:03 Listening to Fictional Audio Books
11:16 Loosening Up and Staying on Top Of My Mobility
12:58 Do Less

Direct download: 7_Things_Ive_Changed_With_My_Swimming_In_2021.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

In this episode, Chuck, who joined the Effortless Swimming Membership a couple of years ago, shares about his swimming experience, his hesitation in joining the membership, and how he has significantly improved over the years

01:06 Joining Effortless Swimming Membership

04:23 Putting Attention To More Important Things

08:52 It's all about "Reduce Drag, Increase Propulsion"

13:49 What You Think You're Doing And What You Are Actually Doing Often Times Are Different Things

16:24 You Can't Change Your Stroke Overnight

16:53 "I Didn't Know Where My Lats Were"

Direct download: Case_Study_A_50_Second_Improvement_Per_100_Yards_with_Chuck_Rine.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

00:58 Swimming Background
01:53 Joining Ironman After A Heart Attack
04:57 "Never Did Any Freestyle"
11:05 Comparing Strokes From A Month Ago
12:04 Finding The Right Balance With Your Stroke (Sweet Spot)
14:12 Not Power But Technique
14:30 "You Don't Know What You Don't Know"
16:05 Breaking It Down (Focus On One Thing At A Time)

Direct download: From_Barely_Making_25m_To_Swimming_147_100m_with_Karsten_Weber.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

Here's the third installment of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam discussed what really is Deep Core, the muscles that are involved in strengthening the deep core, and some exercised to improve it.

1:11 What Is Deep Core?
3:17 Stability Of Pelvis
4:11 Inter-Abdominal Pressure
6:40 Crossfitters Destroying Their Joints and Back
08:48 Serape Effect
11:34 Need To Learn The Fundamentals
14:53 There Are No Secrets In Drills
17:45 Leg Lift
19:38 Cat Dog Exercise
23:06 Control High Performance

Direct download: PART_3_sam_fenton_Audio.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

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