The Effortless Swimming Podcast

In this podcast episode, I will talk to John and Bevan from The reason why I want to have them on is because majority of the listeners of this podcast are triathletes and a number of people I have spoken to who have listened to their podcast said they are outstanding so I thought I have got to check them out.

They are 2 New Zealand guys talking about Ironman. Really just having a good time talking about triathlon and Ironman.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 5:09pm AEST

In this episode of the Effortless Swimming podcast, we have Renee Trost who is Naturopath here in Melbourne. Renee has a background in field hockey. She was an Australian team member for a number of years. She played in World Cups, World Champs, Champions Trophy and was also in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 3:44pm AEST

In this podcast, our guest is Helen Walker who is a Physio for Athletes. The reason I wanted to get Helen on the podcast today is because she’s been doing screenings for the number of my swimmers because they want to get checked up if they’re inflexible in any areas or if they need to strengthen any parts of their body to make them a more well rounded and complete swimmer so that they not only swim better but avoid injuries.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 8:46pm AEST

In this episode I would like to talk about some of the things that Bobby McGee says when he gets people who have started out as swimmers and have gone to running. Some of the common traits or common flaws that he sees in swimmers going into running and how as a swimmer, how you can change them and start to look like a runner. Also, how you can improve your times and results.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 7:25pm AEST

Swimmers clock up 1,000′s of laps in the pool every year. Our shoulders cop a lot of the brunt of this. Luke Van Every is known as ‘The Shoulder Guy’. He’s a physio from Queensland, Australia.

In this podcast I ask Luke about:

  • Common swimming shoulder injuries
  • How to avoid and treat shoulder injuries
  • Do’s and dont’s of stretching
  • What to be aware of if you’re hitting the gym
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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm AEST

In this episode I will interview Andy Anderson. Andy Anderson is the CEO of Ultimate You which is a gym here in Southbank, Melbourne. He is also the editor of Ultimate You Magazine. He is an entrepreneur, a strength and conditioning coach and a fitness expert.

In this episode, we will talk to him about losing weight, shedding kilos and trimming down. As a swimming coach, I see that a lot of swimmers and triathletes has a big opportunity to drop their times when they lose weight. If you lose a couple of kilos then that’s a lot less weight that you’ll be carrying in the water.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 2:28pm AEST

We chat with Terry Laughlin from Total Immersion. Terry  has developed a method of improving your swimming that has helped hundreds of thousands of swimmers and triathletes worldwide to swim smoother. He’s an expert at helping people fix the weaknesses in their stroke so they can move naturally through the water with grace and ease. In our chat with Terry he talks about:

  • How he improved the speed of swimmers in the ‘slow lane’ to being much closer to that of the ‘fast lane’ swimmers
  • Using the feel of the water to increase your speed rather than thinking technically about the stroke
  • The one thing you should focus on with your head position for more relaxed swimming
Direct download: Swimming-Podcast-with-TerryLaughlin.mp3
Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 11:42pm AEST

We take a look into the world of marathon swimming. What motivates distance swimmers to do the huge miles week in week out? How do they prepare for big races? We talk with the 45km Manhattan Island swim world record holder, Oliver Wilkinson about:

  • Training for distance events and the number of kilometers he does weekly leading up to a big race
  • What he eats the night before to ‘carb load’ and how he refuels during a race
  • Finding the right stroke rhythm quickly
  • Which aspects of his technique he focuses on in training
  • How hard he works his kick in long distance swims
  • Dealing with the mental challenges in cold water and endurance races
Direct download: Swimming-Podcast-with-OliverWilkinson.mp3
Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 11:24pm AEST

In this episode we look inside the mindset and training regime of top level sprinters.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 7:46pm AEST

Our first US guest is a current world record holder and backstroke champion. Peter Marshall reveals how he broke three world records in backstroke. Like a lot of age group swimmers, Peter started out doing lots of miles in the pool. He was a distance swimmer in his early years but converted to a sprinter after making some changes to his training. In the podcast he chats about what changed in his program and how his gym workouts shifted focus. We cover race routines, psychology and developing power in the water.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 7:28pm AEST

Wowza, what an episode! We managed to pry former world record holder and Olympic champion Michael Klim away from his busy schedule for an insight into his comeback. After a number of years out of the pool Michael decided to pull on the speedo’s for another crack at the Olympics, training for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 7:10pm AEST

As you train more often you realise that injuries are common if you don’t do something to prevent them. Sports physio Justin McEvoy has been away with the Australian swim team treating elite swimmers such as Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Michael Phelps, Roland Schoeman plus dozens of other high profile athletes.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 5:07pm AEST

Being the second female and second Australian to complete a double crossing of the English Channel, Chloe McCardel is one of Australia’s best marathon swimmers. She’s won the prestigious 46km Manhattan Island race and is now gearing up for a triple-crossing of the English Channel.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 4:03pm AEST

Months of hard work go towards one big race. Long hours in the pool, thousands of kilometers and tens of thousands of arm strokes…all for a few minutes of racing.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm AEST

Sam Sheppard is one of Australia’s best open water competitors. Whether it’s 1km or 10km, Sam is a fierce racer and a smart swimmer.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 2:19pm AEST

When it comes down it, sport is more than just a physical battle. Five minutes of speaking with performance consultant Wayne Goldsmith and you get a sense of just how important the mental side of it is.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 12:35pm AEST

In the first episode we chat with Olympic backstroker Ashley Delaney. He reveals:

How he got started in swimming by accident
The one thing he changed in his diet to drop two kilos in weight and start swimming faster times in training
Small things he focuses on each lap that made him one of the best underwater kickers Australia has ever seen
One change that you can make in a race to conserve your energy and have more speed and power at the end of every race

Ash and I lived together for a year when he was in his final year at high school. He then moved to the Australian Institute of Sport to train and has now moved back to Melbourne, Victoria. Ash has won medals the the Olympics and World Championships in backstroke.

Direct download: Swimming-Podcast-with-AshDelaney.mp3
Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 9:22pm AEST

Trent Grimsey is an open water swimmer, he is an Australian team member and most notably he has recently broken the English Channel world record. He went 6 hours 55 minutes, breaking the old record by 2 minutes and 50 seconds. We chat to Trent about the Channel swim but also his training, technique and how he avoids injury doing so many km’s in the pool.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 7:05pm AEST

On this episode of Effortless Swimming podcast, I have Koe Davidson who is a swimmer with me at PowerPoints and he is also a chiropractor. I have been seeing Koe for the last couple of weeks about a sore back, but going in to get that treated I have had a lot more come out of it than just that. I felt better in the pool, I have more power and I have felt a whole lot better just generally from getting treated twice a week.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 6:42pm AEST

Russell Smith is the current age group triathlon world champion in Olympic distance & Asia Pacific age group champion in Ironman.  He has been using the Effortless Swimming Workouts as part of his training program.  In this podcast, he will talk about how he is using the Effortless Swimming Workouts to succeed in triathlon.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 6:29pm AEST

Steph Lowe is a Nutritionist, a tri-athlete training for the Hawaiian Half Ironman, she is about to complete her master’s degree in nutrition and she specialises in sports nutrition using natural food and ingredients. In this episode of The Effortless Swimming podcast, Steph will talk about high performance nutrition for swimmers.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 6:25pm AEST

Jeff Booher is a triathlon coach who specialises in custom designed training programs. He works with all levels of triathletes from age groupers to professionals. He also leads a coaching team of 15 Tridot certified coaches who work with hundreds of athletes all over the world.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 3:34pm AEST

Bobby McGee has 31 years of coaching experience. He started intensely coaching triathletes in 2002. He has coached the Olympic champion in Atlanta in a marathon. He also coached some age group race walkers, some amateur race walkers to world titles and then the last decade has been full on with the triathletes.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 3:25pm AEST

We’re back for round two for the second podcast with my favourite nutritionist, Steph Lowe of

Today we’re talking about the two big misconceptions about food. I’ve made some changes to what I eat lately based on misinformation I learnt when I was in school. Let’s get into it.

Direct download: Swimming-Podcast-with-StephLowe2.mp3
Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 2:38pm AEST

John Konrads holds 26 individual world records and won the 1500 m freestyle in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He now coaches up in the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. One of his mantras is “swim easy”.

In this podcast episode I will talk to John and see how we can prove how swimming can be “effortless” and easy”.

Direct download: Swimming-Podcast-with-John_Konrads.mp3
Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 12:47pm AEST

Gary Barclay of is the author of Swimming for Parents – a book about how to best support your child in swimming. In this episode of The Effortless Swimming podcast Gary will talk about how to raise a champion swimmer.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 3:45am AEST