The Effortless Swimming Podcast

We discuss how the concept of the domino effect can be helpful in the obstacles that you are facing. Listen and you will learn how identifying that initial or smaller dominoes can be beneficial in knocking over bigger dominoes.


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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 8:29pm AEST

In this podcast episode we talk about few important points from Angela Duckworth's book GRIT and why people love swimming despite being difficult and challenging.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am AEST

In today's podcast, listen on how the principle of taking one step backward and taking two steps forward is applicable whenever you changing a habit or when you make changes in your stroke.

We're also announcing the opening of bookings for Hell Week 2018 which is on Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:00 am Melbourne time.

Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm AEST

For this episode, we talk about how wearing a watch in training affects focus and technique in swimming.
If you are using a watch when swimming, a little experiment that we would like you to try is that for 2 weeks leave your watch in your bag or at home and see how you get to track your swimming with your focus, feel and technique, and perception.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm AEST

Today's podcast is entitled "The Best of 2017". We have compiled all of the best parts from all the podcasts across the year and put them on this episode. This special episode is a mix of everything--from ideas, skills, and techniques to becoming a lean athlete and swim fast to overcoming anxiety and uplifting your mental state. Thank you very much for a big year. Thanks again for listening. I will see you in 2018.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm AEST

A quick update on why we haven't recorded many podcasts lately. 


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm AEST

In this podcast, we will talk about when to be 'In the moment' and when to be 'Out of the moment' in swimming and how this balance can help you as an athlete. This is in addition to our previous topics about focus, technique and delivers practice in order to change your habits and improve your swimming. This episode is something you shouldn't miss.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 12:05pm AEST

Last year Elise Butler was swimming 20 mins for her 1km time trial. Over the past 18 months she's made big improvements, now swimming well under 17 minutes. Elise joined us last year for our Hell Week swim camp and has joined us again for this year's camp in Thailand. In this podcast she shares how she's knocked more than 15 secs per 100m off her 1km pace.

The 66 day and 18 month rule is a good rule to live by to replace old habits and become competent at a skill. Most people don't stick with something long enough to see results, especially when it comes to changing their swimming.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:28pm AEST

Lisandra de Carvalho has been a friend of mine for almost eight years. She comes from a competitive swimming background and now focuses primarily on open water events. In this episode, we discuss everything to do with long distance open water swimming. Lisandra has raced the 19.7km Rottnest channel swim solo on three occasions and as a duo on one occasion. If you are planning to do an open water race of 10 km or more, this podcast will teach you everything you need.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm AEST

Gary Hurring is a former swimmer and a coach from Wellington, New Zealand. Gary won the gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in the men's 200 meters backstroke and silver medal in the same event at the 1978 World Aquatics Championships. He finished fourth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was also appointed as New Zealand's swim team coach at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In this podcast, we discuss the principle of the 'Pit of discomfort' and how to change your technique in swimming. We also talk about the mindset needed to overcome negative thinking.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm AEST

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm AEST

This podcast episode is about having a breakthrough swim, whether it’s in a triathlon or an open water swim. Our guest today is Paul Speed a coach a recently turned pro triathlete.

With Paul, he changed his technique and training to make that second pack and come out with the water with the faster group so he can have a better chance of keeping up in the bike and setting himself up for a good race.

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Category:Swimming Podcast -- posted at: 6:45pm AEST

In this podcast, we welcome back Eney Jones who is a successful Master’s swimmer, open water swimmer, and an accomplished triathlete. She lives and works in Boulder, Colorado and has worked with many of the top triathletes to help them improve their swimming. She is also the creator of the Eney Bouy.

She was on the podcast many times before talking about technique, posture, tempo, catch and pull, open water racing tips and awareness in the open water. In this episode, we talked about her latest research On Swimming Fast in Open Water. This episode is one you shouldn’t miss!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm AEST

Tabitha Jones is a previous Hell Week camp attendee. Since coming to Thailand with us last year, she's take more than 20 seconds off per 100m pace over a half ironman distance swim. An impressive achievement in 8 months! Tabitha shares  with us the things that have helped her do this from changes to technique, workouts, how she approaches races and the different attitude she takes towards her swimming.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm AEST

Swimming Coach, Brian Ford is the Head Coach of the Traralgon Swimming Club since 1997. He was a National Age swimmer in the 1970s. He is a firm believer in discipline and strong communication. If you want to learn about the importance of discipline, enthusiasm and being a people person, listen in as my dad shares his life lessons and expertise as a seasoned swimming coach.

04:58 - Meet Brian Ford

07:50 - Why reputation is important.

08:55 - When to Draw The Line Between Being a Coach and Being a Parent

16:00 - Micromanaging vs Delegating

22:41 - Basic Principles in Dealing with People

30:45 - On Being Careful with Who You Hang Out With

33:30 - "Every opportunity is an opportunity to give as much as you can."

35:30 - This is the way I am as a coach...

38:17 - Why It's Okay to Coach with a Lot of Enthusiasm

40:20 - To Care or Not to Care?

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:59am AEST

Meighan Julbert is a Mental Skills Consultant for The MindSide - a sports and psychology center located in Alabama. She has worked with a number of athletes from different sports like softball, golf, swimming, soccer, and others.

This podcast is perfect for those who has performance anxiety and to those who feels like their mental state has let them down during competition.

01:53 - What's going on in your head?
07:16 - How To Build The Mindset of Confidence
10:40 - The Importance of Not Looking for What's Missing
12:12 - The Strategies to Help You Focus on The Right Things
15:28 - Everyday you have a choice.
25:13 - Michael Phelps: Epitome of An Athlete with a Strong Mental Game
26:00 - Everybody has a panic moment.
30:13 - Why You Need to Identify Upfront Something That Went Well
33:19 - Truth: The Athlete is His Own Expert
39:14 - "I want to conquer the world."

To learn more about Meighan and her work, visit

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm AEST

Ranell Hobson is the Coaching Director at The Academy of Sports Speed. She will share her experience in working with athletes at The Academy of Sports Speed and how their teachings cross over to all types of athletes.

01:00 - Skills, Functional Movement, Elasticity, Power and Mechanics of The Sports
02:15 - Athletes' Underdeveloped Skills
03:19 - The Bad Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle to Athletes
11:50 - Explosiveness of The Blocks
17:01 - The Shift to Being Leaner
18:50 - The Forward Propulsion in Running
19:53 - Restriction in The Hips = Decrease in Running Performance
27:20 - Survey Says...
33:00 - Drills? Some more drills?
36:01 - The Importance of Individual Training

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm AEST

Meredith Atwood is the creator of Swim Bike Mom a website dedicated to give motivation to women across the globe to women who are doing triathlon and those who are looking to get into triathlon.

01:00 - Take Us Back To 2010
03:28 - Today is the first day of your life. What are you going to do with it?
04:12 - Meeting An Alien
06:00 - Me Love Cookies!
11:22 - From off The Couch to Ironman
15:40 - The Purpose. The Plan. The Process.
16:45 - Why Sense of Humor is Important
20:21 - Swim. Bike. Run.
22:40 - Do What You Want in The Body You Have
28:36 - The Bliss of Feeding Your Body With Good Food

To learn more about Meredith and her work, visit her website

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm AEST

Andre Obradovic has been our guest before where he talked about how you can adjust your sleeping routines and habits so you can perform better in the pool.
In this podcast, Andre and I discuss how he went from overweight white collar worker to lean athlete, by challenging his own beliefs about nutrition.

02:00 – Andre’s Journey to Weight Loss
03:00 – When Hunger Strikes
06:50 – The Food Diary Debunked
09:55 – 1 Minute Videos of What I’m Eating
15:05 – One of the guys lost 10 kilos!
19:05 – Why would we need chocolate drink?
19:34 – How To Create That Snowball of Feeling Better
20:09 – Eat this instead for breakfast.
21:19 – Have a salad for lunch.
27:01 – Shut up and take my money!
To learn more about Andre and his work, visit his website

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm AEST