Blogs about American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Swimmers spend a whole heap of time swimming up and down that tiled black line.From those shiver-inducing 4:45am workouts, to the long holiday training camps, to a season that a never quite seems to end competitive swimmers invest a lot into the sport. This commitment extends itself to weight training for swimmers, and to the “dryland” side of their workouts.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
For swimmers there are fewer things they like hearing more than “paddles and fins!” The reasons are simple, it’s a break from the monotonous nature of most swim workouts, that can last up to two hours and cover nearly 7,000m per session, and of course, wearing paddles and fins is simply fun.After all, you get to go a whole lot faster than you normally would.Here are some best reasons that swimming paddles will help you become a faster swimmer.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Swimmers love their toys in the water—and swim paddles are no exception. In a mesh bag that includes fins, a pull buoy, snorkel and a multitude of other pieces of swimming equipment, there is perhaps nothing that swimmers regard with as much fondness as their paddles.Here are a few of the reasons that swimmers go ga-ga when it comes to training with swim paddles:
Monday, January 30, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The swimmer’s gear bag has really filled up in recent years. Where at one point water-born athletes only had to worry about having a kickboard and pull buoy on deck now we have various sizes of paddles, fins, ankle bands, and one of the more recent additions—the snorkel.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Looking to level up your power and strength in the pool? Strap on a pair of swim paddles and give your shoulders a workout that will leave you a faster, stronger swimmer.When it comes to your swim workouts there is no shortage of different ways that you can tweak your training. Whether it’s focusing on the upper body with pulling sets, or hammering away at your legs with kick sets, there are an endless number of ways to train.
Friday, January 20, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Part of the uniform—if you want to call it that—of the competitive and lap swimmer is a pair of swim goggles. Along with a swim suit and towel it’s one of the essentials for organized swimming.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The butterfly stroke is tough. There’s no disputing that. Ask any competitive swimmer what stroke they loathe the most, which of the four is the most taxing, and they will almost all tell you that it’s the butterful that takes the cake for difficulty.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The competitive swimming lifestyle and training schedule is no joke. With a season that nearly never ends, countless hours swimming up and down the black line, and the endless eating that goes on to fuel the training, being a top-flight swimmer is tough work.Adding a strength training component to your training is one way to get more from your time in the pool, and eventually, more from yourself when you step up on the blocks to race.

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