The Effortless Swimming Podcast

This episode is a repost from a podcast that I recorded on the Get Fast Podcast with Jordy and Gerard Donnelly from TriVelo Coaching. Check out this episode now!

01:02 Who Is Brenton Ford? - Effortless Swimming
02:47 The Most Common Mistake Triathletes Need To Fix
04:30 Why You Should Aim To Be “front quadrant”
05:39 Stop Leading With Your Head
07:05 How To Get The Right Timing in Your Stroke (sweet spot)
08:26 Timing Is Key To Improving Speed
10:01 The “Slow to Fast” Principle For Timing
10:59 It’s Not About Strength
12:34 How To Know If You’re Breathing Too Late
15:42 How To Time Breathing In Open Water With “sighting”
17:37 Should Sighting Be Part Of Your Pool Sessions?
20:23 Brenton’s Best Starting Breathing Drill
23:42 Are Swim Drills As Important As We Keep Saying
25:53 Adequate Time VS Frequency In Doing Drills
28:27 Technique Matters Most
29:41 Understanding The Complexity Of Hydrodynamics And Reducing Drag
31:57 Buoyancy: How To Get Yourself Higher In The Water?
34:40 Getting Your Head Down To Get Your Legs Up
36:00 Should Endurance And Speedwork Be Combined?
39:29 What Are The Optimal Rest Periods For Different Training Sessions?
42:26 Frequency And Total Volume Of Swimming Throughout The Week
46:27 Discussing The Norwegian way Of Training
52:31 Off-Season Approach To Swim Training
54:26 Brenton and Gerard’s Advice For Overcoming Anxiety On Race Day

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My guest today is Kenneth Graham. We've been working together on a product called SwimBETTER by EO, which helps swimmers swim faster. Check out this episode now! 

00:42 Working As A Sports Scientist
02:19 MAD System
03:24 What Is Exciting About The SwimBetter?
04:36 Producing Force At The Right Time And Direction
07:09 Refine Your Stroke
07:43 Technique vs. Fitness
08:44 When Do You Use The SwimBetter?
10:57 How To Swim Faster
14:23 Using Pool Buoy
15:43 Increasing Proprioception
17:44 Doing Sessions On Your Own
18:57 Swimming Speed
22:34 Learning To Apply Strength And Power To Your Propulsion
26:33 Workout For Endurance Swimming
27:43 Direction Of Forces And Consistency
31:47 Make Your Stroke Consistent
32:45 Get Out Of Your Head And "feel"

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I've got Ioannis Aliazis on today's podcast episode. He has recently been through the 8 Week Faster Freestyle course and is here to share his improvements over the last couple of months. Ioannis is also a freediving instructor, and we will talk a little bit about some of the crossovers from freediving to swimming.

01:01 Swimming Background
01:23 The Best Exercise For Freediving
02:03 I Found Your Channel
02:25 Going Through The 8th Week Freestyle Course
03:39 Kick Timing
06:16 2-Beat Kick In Open Water Swimming
06:53 Following A Structure
07:40 Getting Your Questions Answered
09:34 Swimmers To Freedivers
13:31 Keep Calm & Don't Panic
16:05 Build Your Confidence
19:22 Friendly Competition
20:58 Practice More And Get A Good Coach
22:00 Find The Reason To Enjoy Swimming
23:10 Listen To Your Body
23:58 Swimming Is A Feeling Activity

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Today, my guest is Anthony McDonald, who has been going through some of our online courses and made such incredible improvements over the last couple of months. Tune in to this episode now!

01:01 There's Always Room For Improvement
01:34 Swimming Background
04:45 Focusing On One Or Two Things At A Time
07:38 Going Through The Highs And The Lows
11:38 Swimming On Top Of The Water
14:05 Breathing Position
18:41 Goldilocks Approach
19:23 Posture
21:05 Swimming Long Distance
24:14 Being On The Right Headspace
25:24 What Is Your Long Term Approach?
27:57 A Little Bit Of Direction

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My guest today is Brant Best. We've been working together on a product called SwimBETTER by EO which helps swimmers swim faster. Check out this episode now!

00:22 The SwimBETTER
02:10 Working With Elite Athletes
04:34 Too Much Length Is Not Good
07:45 Overreaching
13:04 Why Your Hips Need To Be In The Right Position
18:30 Breath Timing
27:31 Build Up Awareness
29:32 Speak To Your Coach
32:49 Core Fundamentals
41:02 Moving Efficiently
44:49 Avoid Distractions And Increase Your Focus

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Glad to have Dan Smith back in today's podcast episode! Dan is a former Olympic swimmer and now the founder of Worldwide Speaking. Join us as he shares his journey in helping parents and athletes all over the world.

00:29 It's A Fantastic Video
01:46 Retiring From Swimming Sport
05:59 Helping Parents And Athletes
09:06 Parental Pressure On Athletes
12:29 Sporting Strategy For Parents
13:38 Results Are Powerful
18:45 Developing People Skill
20:48 Worldwide Speaking & Courses
21:53 Parent Program
23:56 Small Habits Have A Big Impact

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In today's episode, I wanted to get Scott Harpham from New Zealand to share his swimming improvements over the last couple of years. We talked about going back to fundamentals, consistency, and more.

00:53 Swimming Background
03:08 Starting Training
06:04 Finding Effortless Swimming
08:05 8 Week Faster Freestyle Course
09;23 Seeing A Big Difference
13:11 Constant Reinforcement To Relax
16:40 More Effort Does Not Equal More Speed
18:26 Going Back To Fundamentals
23:58 Getting The Body Position Right
27:52 Consistency Is The Key

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So excited to have Eney Jones back again as our guest in today's podcast episode. Eney is an open-water swim champion and a former triathlete. In this episode, we'll talk about coaching, drills, split tempo, and ways to swim faster.

01:22 Online Analysis
05:43 Power Phase - Power Diamond
07:18  Your Catch Is Dependent On Your Body Type
10:05 Scapular Mobility Is Important
10:43 Superhero Posture
12:50 Office Chair Swivel Drill
22:53 Split Tempo
27:55 Galloping Stroke
29:17 Breathing
33:46 Eney Bouy
34:55 Using Resistance Band
39:29 Get Your Mermaid Resistance Band
44:58 Contact Eney

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In today's episode, I will dive into a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. I wanted to explain some of the concepts that I found incredibly helpful for achieving the goals that I set myself.

00:46 Maldives Swim Camp
02:31 Understanding How Habits Are Formed
03:54 Favorite Quotes From The Book
05:19 Habits Need To Be Effortless
06:40 Make A Habit Attractive
10:00 Less Friction
11:36 Make Your Habit Satisfying
13:24 It Takes Time To Build A Habit
16:33 Make Good Habits A Part Of Your Identity

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Today, my guest is Paul Mackinnon, a professional running technique coach who helped many runners and triathletes worldwide. We discussed running cues, how to improve your running skill, and more about coaching. I hope you enjoy this episode!

01:16 Coaching Athletes
03:07 Nike's latest shoes
05:54 Running Cues
11:13 Common Mistakes For The Average Runner
12:26 Arm Swing Is Important To Running
13:52 Asking The Right Questions
19:57 Self Awareness
23:48 Is There Not Much Technique To Running?
27:46 Different Paces
32:16 One Cue At A Time
36:27 Focus On One To Two Things
40:03 The Balanced Runner Membership
45:14 What's Next?

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I've got another guest on today's podcast. He is someone who I started working with recently to help improve his swimming, and he's gone from around 205 pace per 100 and down to the low 140s. I hope you enjoy it!

01:31 Swimming Background
04:14 Started Triathlon
05:25 I Found Effortless Swimming
06:38 5 Day Catch Challenge
08:37 Joining The Membership
12:50 Coaching And Feedback
19:57 First Race Win
22:06 Impressive Improvement
25:01 I Don't Hate Swimming Anymore
27:00 What's Next?

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Today, my guest is Katherine Starr, a former Olympian, and Commonwealth Games athlete. Katherine advocates for a safe and abused-free environment for athletes. Join us as she shares her incredible and inspiring story.

00:55 Becoming an Olympic Athlete
9:00 Not Speaking Up
14:54 I Started Missing Practice
16:47 Athlete Integrity Coaching
20:54 Conflict Delayed Is Conflict Multiplied
22:29 You Are The Power
29:27 Working With Athletes And Coaches
33:14 Win From Within
36:13 Creating A Safe Team Environment
38:00 Relationship With Time
44:01 Rescue Me
47:28 Get In Touch

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Carl Reader is coming back as our guest in today's podcast episode. We will talk about case studies of swimmers dealing with body pain and the best way to help them.

01:30 Neck and Shoulder Pain
04:56 Building That Core Strength
06:54 Body Awareness
09:27 Hamstring Injury
12:47 Rock And Roll Movement
14:33 Knee Injury
16:26 The Body Is Designed To Move
17:31 Lunge Exercises
20:16 The Beauty Of Functional Movements
22:41 Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?

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In today's episode, I wanted to get Matthew Tones on the podcast to talk about how the 5-day catch challenge and 8-week faster freestyle course helped him get from 2:20 to 1:22 for 100 yards.

00:55 Swimming Background
03:10 Training Sessions
06:30 Started The 5 Day Catch Challenge
08:16 Immediate Results
10:15 Better Entry
11:02 Feel For The Water
12:05 Swimming With A Purpose
18:23 Training For A Triathlon
21.09 Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club
21:54 8 Week Faster Freestyle Course
23:48 Swimming Knowledge
26:08 Power Diamond
32:27 What's Next?

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In today's episode, I have a swimmer whom I worked with over the last few months. I have done some stroke analysis and coaching together for a while and he has been getting some good results I thought that's a good thing to talk about in the podcast.

01:18 Swimming Background
05:41 I Was Getting In-shape Aerobically But I wasn't Getting Faster
07:36 I Wanted To Be More Effortless
11:45 Spinning And Slipping
14:34 "Think Of It As Skating"
22:56 Awareness
28:12 Pulling Too Hard Too Fast
31:10 Catch and Pull, Comin Under The Body
35:13 There Are So Much More To Learn

 

 

 

 

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Today, my guest is Abbie Fish, who is the founder and technique coach at Swim like A. Fish. In this episode, we talked about coaching kids adults and some things that will help them become more successful and better swimmers later on.

01:20 Swimming Background
04:05 What I learned When I Began Coaching
06:27 Coaching Relationship is Important
11:04 Keeping It Simple As Possible
13:00 Starting With Your Bodyline
19:51 Breathing
26:10 Ironman Training
31:52 What Should A Beginner Swimmer Learn
38:51 Push Yourself
41:24 What's next?

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I was recently a guest on Kieser’s Healthy to 100 podcasts to talk about exciting topics regarding training, swimming equipment, and much more. I hope you enjoy it!

01:59 Swimming Equipment Must-Haves
04:48 Get Yourself A Good Wetsuit
07:20 Buoyancy Shorts
10:37 Training Sessions: What You Need To Know!
19:43 Training Mistakes For Swimmers
23:20 Doing Drills
27:27 Breathing

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In today's episode, I want to talk about five things that helped me break out of the swimming rut. For the last three months or so, since coming to the pool from our recent lockdowns, it's taking me ages to get back, much longer than what it had in the past. I want to share a couple of things that helped me finally get back down to the times that I was doing prior to the lockdowns.

01:06 Blow-Out Session
02:53 Sprint Session
04:00 Hard Massage
05:30 Kicking
06:29 Tune In To The Rhythm Of The Stroke

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My guest today is Craig Bryan. A year ago, he attended our clinic, and recently, I had the chance to do another swim analysis with his swimming and saw a huge improvement. I got him on the podcast to talk about the improvement that he made and what he did to 18 seconds off his 2 km swim.

01:08 Swimming Background
04:34 Attending The Effortless Swimming Clinic
05:23 Difference In Swimming After The Clinic
07:04 Increasing The Stroke Rate
10:27 Using The Tempo Trainer
11:59 Swimming Goals
13:07 Training On Your Own
14:43 Main Drivers

 

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My guest today is the Queen Of English Channel, Chloe McCardel who has successfully swam across the English Channel for a record-breaking 44th time. Join us as Chloe talk about her experience in achieving this record-breaking feat.

01:47 Keeping Eye On The Price
02:45 Has It Got Any Easier?
04:28 Unsuccessful Crossing
06:15 More Channel Crossings?
08:04 Last Swim
13:43 92 km Relay Swim

 

https://chloemccardel.com/

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On this episode, I was recently a guest on Kieser's Healthy to 100 podcasts. I was a guest there for two episodes. I thought it would be great to publish it in our own podcast because I think you will thoroughly enjoy the things we talked about in this podcast. It's pretty much going to basic with freestyle, with swimming and we looked at what really matters, what's worth knowing, what's worth doing when it comes to freestyle. I hope you enjoy this episode.

00:36 Background
02:13 Peak Of Swimming Career
04:35 Swimming Sessions
05:57 Training Sessions
06:52 Consistency
07:44 Load Management
08:27 Technique
10:02Common Technique Problems
13:26 Head Position in Pool And In Openwater
14:36 Alignment
17:13 Ripping the Band-Aid Off
20:53 Catch And Pull
21:35 High Elbow Catch
24:50 Shoulder Pain
32:43 Lower Back Pain

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My guest today is Chris Natterer from Ultraworking. He is a Lead Product Manager at Ultraworking.com. In this episode, Chris will talk about what we can do to be more productive to make sure we stick to habits and also to talk about nutrition as well. All of these things tie in really well in what we do. my job is to help people be consistent with their swimming but also change their motor patterns and develop different muscle memories which really comes down to sticking to habits. So I thought this would be a good topic to talk about and why not get someone who is experienced in that area to chat about it.

01:05 Ultraworking Background
02:27 Implementing Best Practices (Work Cycle)
10:12 Debriefing
11:28 Reason Behind 30 minute Time Cycle
14:12 "Very Easy Not To Do Planning"
17:16 Consistency
23:15 Baseline and Stretch Goal
32:00 Joint Health
36:28 Nutrition

https://www.ultraworking.com/swimming
https://clockworknutrition.com/

Form Goggles
https://www.formswim.com/?sscid=b1k5_hkrgn&
Check out the Effortless Swimming membership for online coaching options:
https://effortlessswimming.com/member/membership/
View our freestyle clinic schedule around Australia:
https://effortlessswimming.com/freestyle-clinics
Click here to subscribe:
https://www.youtube.com/user/EffortlessSwimming
Follow us on Social media:
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My guest today is Aidan Booth who is over at New Zealand. Aidan mentioned in one of his emails that he hit a PB on his hundred freestyle after going through the 8-week Faster Freestyle Course. Listen as Aidan shares his experience and how he broke the 1:15 Barrier.

00:51 Goal
3:11 Power Diamond
4:33 Stroke Rate
6:38 Measuring Stroke Rate
8:04 Hold Of The Water
11:19 Technique Checklist
17:38 What Keeps You Coming Back?

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My guest today is Michael Riber. I contacted him a couple of weeks ago because I would love to have him on the podcast to talk about his improvement after finishing the 5-Day Catch Challenge. Enjoy

00:54 Swimming Background
09:37 Swimming Injuries
10:56 Accept What You Are And Do Something About It
16:17 Sky Diving And Swimming
18:09 Improvement After The Course
27:38 Patience
35:21 Life Is Long

 

 

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My Guest today is Zac Turner, he is a physio at Kieser Australia. I have met Zac through a clinic that I was running in Melbourne, he invited me to try Kieser Gym that he worked at. I have been going there for a couple of months now, I have really enjoyed it, got a lot out of it, and now that I have come back to swimming, I've found that my shoulders have been really good as a result of strength training there. So I thought it would be good to get him into the podcast to talk about Strength Training.

01:34 Physio Background
03:16 Training Approach
06:55 Internal And External Rotation Strength Link To Swimming
10:26 Injury Prevention
14:51 Combined Elevation Test
17:11 How Can People Improve Their Overhead Range
20:36 How Often You Do Strength Training
23:57 Tapering Up


https://www.kieser.com.au/

Kieser are happy to offer this deal to listeners who want to try a Kieser strength program.
It includes:
●Initial physio session
●6x supervised strength training sessions
●6 week Kieser membership
●All for $180
Mention they listened to the EffortlessSwimming Podcast when they call up to book to access the offer.

Terms and Conditions: Only available to new Kieser clients. Must
reference the Effortless Swimming podcast when booking to redeem. Offer ends 31st of Jan 2022.


Form Goggles
https://www.formswim.com/?sscid=b1k5_hkrgn&
Check out the Effortless Swimming membership for online coaching options:
https://effortlessswimming.com/member/membership/
View our freestyle clinic schedule around Australia:
https://effortlessswimming.com/freestyle-clinics
Click here to subscribe:
https://www.youtube.com/user/EffortlessSwimming
Follow us on Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/effortlessswimming/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/effortlessswimming/

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