The Effortless Swimming Podcast

My guest today is American swimmer Ryan Murphy, who has achieved incredible success in the Olympics Games, winning multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals. Ryan discusses how his motivation and training have evolved over the past decade, enabling him to stay competitive. We explore his unconventional beliefs, the obstacles he has overcome, including an injury before the Olympic trials, and the rituals that have aided his success in major events.

01:29 Do any of those experiences stand out as your most memorable achievement?
04:20 What do you attribute your sustained success and longevity in swimming to?
06:15 Have you ever had a season where you didn't perform well and struggled to pinpoint why that is?
12:02 How has your motivation evolved in the past decade as you've continued to compete in swimming?
14:19 Can you explain more about the success-focused lifestyle you mentioned earlier, especially regarding areas outside of swimming?
16:48 As you get older and there's up and comers nipping heels, how do you maintain your confidence and mindset when you’re one of the older guys in the field?
19:20 Which up-and-coming swimmer has caught your attention and impressed you the most recently?
21:50 Did you encounter any unexpected surprises in your professional swimming career that were different from what you expected or imagined as a teenager?
24:24 What are the key fundamentals you would focus on while coaching backstroke technique to a 15-year-old swimmer?
27:27 What are the main differences between your swimming technique or style and that of Mitch Larkins?
29:05 Did you get a lot of feedback on your swimming technique as a teenager, or did you develop your stroke naturally?
36:34 Can you share a memorable or transformative experience from your swimming career that has had a lasting impact on you?
42:01 What things beyond swimming motivate and excite you the most at the moment?

For those interested in receiving coaching from Ryan, check out Skillest

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I'm excited to introduce my guest, Ben Geard, from Element Swimming. Ben and I go way back as great friends, and he was one of the coaches during the Maldives Camp last year. At Element Swimming, Ben offers lessons for beginners and helps swimmers progress from beginners to an intermediate level. That's what we will talk about today—strategies and techniques for individuals who are complete beginners or relatively new to swimming, aiming to reach that intermediate level.

01:41 Swimming And Coaching Experience
03:35 Programs For Beginners Are Hard To Find
05:39 Level I: Building Water Confidence
08:49 Different Styles Of Coaching
11:20 Beginner's Swim Camp On September
14:15  Level II: Feel For The Water
16:02 "aha" Moments During The Process
19:56  Biggest Mistakes With Skull 
23:51 Training Sessions Per Week
25:20 Consistency Is Key
27:44 Level III: Putting Together And Achieving The Goal
31:73 Causes of Exhaustion In Swimmers
34:29 Vertical Kick
36:3 Visit The Element Swimming Website
Check out the Maldives Camp here

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Our guest today is Marc Evans, a former National USA Triathlon team coach. In this episode, we will introduce the M25 Lift Paddle. We will discuss the paddle's purpose and why it differs from others in the market. Specifically, we will focus on how it helps improve the catch, which is an essential part of the swimming technique.

00:49  Kickboard Is A Great Tool
04:02 Skinny S
4:42 Pass or Fail Coaching
5:59 Learning Engages Additional Muscle Groups
8:19 Learning New Things Takes Time
11:17 The Invention Of The M25 Lift Paddle
17:55 The Is Purpose Of The Paddle?
20:18 Seeking Help To Launch M25
23:47 Product Design Is Based On The Fundamental Of Movement
28:28 Persistence Is The Key 

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 My guest today is Mark Evans, who is returning to the podcast after eight years. He is a former coach for the National USA Triathlon team and is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and extensively researched individuals in this field. In today's episode, we will explore the catch and techniques for continuous improvement. (Listen to the PART 1). Link in bio. 

03:54 Triathlon and Swimming Background
07:32 Triathletes in Motion
08:38 Turning Vision into Reality
12:48 High Elbow Catch Is Essential For Improved Swimming
16:18 Correcting Straight Arm Pull
19:08n Combining Good Technique With Volume And Consistency
20:42 Backstroke Is An Amazing Way To Learn Freestyle
21:14 Vertical Kicking Is An Amazing Tool For Swimmers
24:22 Magic Bullets Are In Fundamentals
27:25  Applying Less Force And Holding Less Water
29:15 Ladder Cue

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My guest today is Mr. Sam Ashby, a coach who has trained swimmers to national medals. In this episode, we will talk about the benefits of practicing different swimming strokes. It helps the body move differently and can aid in recovery and developing swimming skills. We will also discuss common mistakes that occur during clinics for butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke.


03:58 Swimming Background
10:00 Refining Your Knowledge
13:18 Visual Learning in Swim Clinics: An Advantage for Kids
15:04 What is The Key to Good Butterfly Stroke?
21:02 Improving Rhythm in Butterfly Stroke
26:26 Common Mistakes in Backstroke: Lifting the Head Too Much
33;53 Common Mistakes in Breaststroke: Maximizing Drag Reduction 
38:19 How Simplicity Leads to Better Results
43:01 Simple Cues/tips for Mastering Breaststroke

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My guest today is Scott Dickens, a two-time Olympian. And now director of Business Development at Form, who is one of our sponsors of the podcast. We will talk about the 8-Week Faster Freestyle course, how you can ensure you're making progress and the improvement you would want to see. Tune in now!

01:02 Technique Change
09:51 Change Doesn't Feel Good
12:18 Long Dog Paddle Drill
16:15 The Kick
21:05 8-Week Course Is now in Form Goggles
22:02 Week: 2 Posture, Head Position, And Kick
25:10 The Base Position In Freestyle
27:12 Using A Kickboard?
30:16 Wearing Fins
32:57 Week 8 - Stroke Rate
35:03 Hold Your Rating
41:24 What's The Biggest Benefit of Using Form
46:10 Small Incremental Change In Pool Can Be Very Impactful
47:18 What Happens When You're Learning A New Skill
48.34 The Optimum Goal Is To Be Able To Relax
49:58 What's Coming Out Next?

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00:30 The Greatest Analysis Tool
02:32 Why Was The Skillest Created?
06:48 A Marketplace That Allows You To Be Discoverable By Students
12:18 How Do You Film Yourself?
15:02 Student-coach Relationship
16:39 24-hour Access
19:05 There's No Pressure To Perform On The Spot
23:27 The Best Tools In Skillest
24:51 The Visual Is Everything
27:17 Analyzing The Stroke
33:14 Join the Skillest Now!

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In today's episode, I got professional triathlete Joshua Lewis to talk about swimming, training sessions, and most importantly, opening yourself up to opportunities and experiences.

01:10 Swimming background
06:21 You've got to be able to prioritize correctly
10:34 Switching to Pro Triathlon 
15:18 Coaching role
16:40 Putting yourself out there
18:49 Getting into a sport like swimming can be a big decision for people
21:07 Taking the first step is important
22:56 If you're self-conscious, remember people don't care
23:42 Efficiency in the water for the best speed
25:57 Have you found yourself going too hard in the swim?
28:33 Learn how to race
30:20 Training session
32:55 Start small, make it doable
34"42 Consistency is king
37:25 Get in touch with Josh!

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My guest today is Brian Johns who is a three-time Olympian former world record holder in the 400 IM and, the head of coaching science at FORM. In this episode, we will talk about improving your technique using FORM goggles and how important reliability and consistency are to transform your swimming.

00:47 Best achievement: Coming back from injuries
03:52 Focus on the process and getting better every day
07:18 Get yourself in a squad environment
11:55 Understanding how DPS and SR lead to increase speed
17:34 How can you find the sweet spot with stroke rate and stroke length?
22:24 Applying progressive overload principles to Workouts
30:53 Applying race results to training and improvement
33:56 Changes to stroke rate and effort are very incremental
40:58 Has anything been interesting regarding the swim data that the FORM collected?
43:10 Knowing the fundamentals and the basics goes a very long way
44:06 Reliability/consistency are the key
45:25 Be mentally switched on

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In this episode, we talk about magic words and how you can use the power of language to become a faster swimmer.

00:23 Swim Camp
01:41 Identify Yourself As A Swimmer
04:50 Cues
06:41 Replace Can't With Don't
08:10 Replace Should With Could

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My guest today is Andy Donaldson who recently came back from breaking the Cook Strait World Record. In this episode, we will talk about his experience before and during the swim and his goal to complete the Ocean Seven in a year to raise money and awareness for mental health.

02:40 What's your headspace going into this swim?
04:58 How long into the swim did you realize things are going well?
09:30 Completion Is Key
10:22 The goal is to do the ocean seven within 365 days
14:19  How are you keeping yourself mentally ready for the swim?
17:19 Swimming Background
20:12  What is it about the sport that you think drew you back?
26:10  What's your training?
36:30 What's your routine like?
38:31 What sort of stuff are you doing to keep your shoulders strong?
41:16 How long would your strength and conditioning sessions go for?
41:53 What do you love to do outside of swimming?
43:28 What's surprised you about your quest to do the ocean seven in a year?
44:54 Follow Andy on Social media to follow his journey

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Joining us today is Dr Jim Taylor, who specializes in Sports psychology and is the author of Train Your Mind for Athletic Success. In this episode, we will talk about useful mind hacks that you can implement into your training.

01:51 The Concept Of Marginal Gains
07:47 Words Impact How We Perceive The World
11:16 "I Choose To Push My Limits"
16:07 Unfamiliarity, Unpredictability, And Lack Of Control
19:43 Smiling Is A Powerful Mental Tool
25:45 Fun Is A Powerful Mind Hack
28:39  Flow Not Force
31:46 Take Control Of Your Breathing
35:38 Celebrating The Daily Victories
40:14 Get In Touch with Dr Jim Taylor

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Welcome to the third and final part of this three-part podcast with Brant Best. We worked together on a product called SwimBETTER by EO, which helps athletes swim faster. Tune in now! 

02:50 More isn't BETTER
05:27 Elbow is too high for too long 
10:43 Extreme high elbow catch
13:17 "Ladder" cue
16:28 More episode with Brant coming soon!

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Brant Best will be joining us for a three-part podcast. We worked together on a product called SwimBETTER by EO, which helps athletes swim faster. This episode will discuss how it's valuable to be able to quantify data and drills that he loves and hate. 

00:33 Do you have a standard process when looking at the data?
08:38 Force Field
12:14 Should you have more power on one arm if you're just breathing every two?
13:20 I'm not a big fan of breathing three
14:12  I'ts super valuable to be able to quantify data
17:01 Drill that I love and hate!
20:31 Thumb Drag Drill

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Brant Best will be joining us for a three-part podcast. We worked together on a product called SwimBETTER by EO, which helps athletes swim faster. This episode will discuss what he learned from working with elite athletes. Watch out for the next episodes!!

00:58 Canberra Camp
02:27 How To Swim A Good 100 Freestyle At The Elite Level? 
05:40 Kyle Chalmers Is A Beast
06:12 Tension Needs To Be Optimal Rather Than Maximal
10:59  EO Swim Better
13:01 Soften Up, To Go Quicker.
16:00 Putting Too Much Force On The Water
19:14 What Is It That We Should Be Focusing On?

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What is stopping you from getting any faster? Tune in to this episode now! 

1:52 How You Hold Your Body
3:12 Head Position
3:45 Kick
4:40 Breathing In The Right Position
7:08 Building A House
7:21 Tension
8:41  Not Sighting In The Right Way
10:32 The 5 Core Principles Of Fast Freestyle

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I've got John Hancock to join me again on the podcast. He recently returned from having a successful crossing of the Cook Straight and is here today to share his experience and some of the preparations he did for the swim.

00:57 Where did this goal come from?
04:28 What are the preparation that you did?
09:33 17 hours of swimming in one week
12:46 How many Ks a week were you doing?
12:33 It's a very tidal crossing
17:59 Grateful to have a team of people supporting you
19:51 Covering yourself with grease
21:40 "If the swells on your side then surf across"
26:24 Was there anything that surprised you about the swim?
28:35 All about preparation and execution.
29:10 Surround yourself with people who want you to be successful
29:54 Do you feel like your achievement changed you as a person?
34:14 What's next for John?

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Carl joins us again on the podcast. He has a background in Exercise Physiology and Pilates but primarily in Functional Movement. In this episode, we will talk about how Carl has helped many swimmers with their pain and injury and understand the root cause of some of the injuries that they're having.

01:26 What Injuries Do You Usually See Among Swimmers
05:16 Working On The Posture
07:55 Getting Blood Flow To The Injured Part Of Your Body
10:41 "Voltage Is Healing"
12:27 From Hauling To Floating
14:39 Trying Too Hard Puts Tension In The Body
16:17 Swim From Inside Out
18:20 Learn How To Hold Your Body Correctly
18:42 Squatting
20:36 Don't Brace Too Much In The Pool
24:00 Connection Improves The Whole Mobility
26:29 Get In Touch With Carl Read

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In today's episode, I will talk about the equipment and pool toys that I recommend to the athletes that I coach. 

00:41 Have A Good Pair Of Fins
03:38 Paddles
05:51 Pull Bouy
06:45 Kickboard
07:20 Snorkel
08:15 Noseclip
08:38 Goggles
10:56 Heart Rate Monitor
11:50 Powermeter/Analysis

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My guest today is Tim Reed, an Australian coach, and triathlete, who has had multiple Ironman and IM70.3 wins. I wanted to get Tim's perspective regarding swimming and coaching and discuss the struggles of transitioning from a professional athlete to a full-time coach.

01:15 Biggest Success In Racing
03:30 There Was No Overnight Success
04:51 Connecting With Athletes
06:38 A Powerful Combination
11:02 Pulling Back From Squad
14:13 Having The Evidence/Data
16:50 You Don't Need To Look Pretty
20:14 Stop Swimming Like Ian Thorpe
27:07 Correct One Thing At A Time
28:00 Swim Like No One Is Watching
29:17 Differences In Technique For People Getting Into A Wetsuit
32:02 Open Water Skills
35:13 Surrounded By Other Swimmers
37:27 Transitioning To A Full-time Coach
43:48 Training Sessions
47:55 What's Next?
50:02 Get In Touch With Tim

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In today's episode, we have Dr. Jim Taylor, a sports psychologist and author of Train Your Mind for Athletic Success. We will talk about the strategies for dealing with pain and figuring out what your motivations are. Tune in to this episode now.

00:58 Competed In The Super Sprint And Olympic Distance Triathlon
03:03 Strategies For Dealing With Pain
06:02 Exertion Pain And Injury Pain
08:51 Identity Plays A Role In How You Manage Pain
14:32 Discomfort VS Pain And Suffering
17:13 Associating Negative Emotions With Pain
18:51 Pride And Inspiration
21:51 What's Real Suffering?
23:38 Key Phrase: Long And Loose
26:11 Do A Long Warm-up
28:27 Distractions
30:28 Motivation: Less Ra Ra, More Insight
36:36 Constantly Remind Yourself Of What Your Goals Are
37:11 90% Of Success Is Just Showing Up
39:59 Don't Look At The End Of The Workout
41:57 Get In Touch with Dr. Jim Taylor

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I want to have this episode to direct and help people determine what course will help them get better as a swimmer going forwards.

01:13 5-Day Catch Challenge
02:53 The Beginner Freestyle Course
04:25 8-Week Faster Freestyle Cours
8:15 Video Membership
09:08 Monthly Live Call
10:17 Stroke Analysis Membership
13:02 The Swim Camp

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My guest in today's episode is Melissa Hughes from Tasmania. We will talk about her remarkable journey into the world of triathlon.

01:19 I swim like a runner
02:30 Arms are a bit wide
04:17 How many swim sessions a week?
06:08 What is YMCA Drill?
08:43 Building Confidence in the race
11:44 I've got to overtake all the heroes!
13:08 Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis
17:30 Thinking about doing the triathlon
19:19 Do you think you can continue training without doing any long-term damage?
20:29 What are you working towards or focusing on with your swimming?

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In today's episode, we are looking at why you should look for the cause, not look at the symptom.

00:22 Itchy eyes?
02:30 We Need To Find The Cause
03:05 Leigh Nugent-Coming soon?
04:02 First Thing To Look At Is the Body Position
05:44 Head Position
05:53 Making Sure The Kick Is Effective
06:04 Rotation
06:13 Great Way To Analyze The Stroke
08:05 We Don't Often See The Cause

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