Recently I had the opportunity to Coach at the Total Immersion Effortless Endurance Camp at St. Petersburg Florida. TI Camps are based heavily on technique and application. Followed by swimmming! Coaches are on poolside and hands on in the water with swimmers. As a 'culminating activity, we swam in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico! (pics later)
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.
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.
"You will become Clever through your mistakes...."German proverbI just picked up the book "The Talent Code, Greatness isn't Born" By Daniel Coyle. Interesting read. Highly recommended by Coach Terry Laughlin, Head Total Immersion Coach. In the book, Coyle speakes ablut 'deep practice.' Here is a summary of deep practice.
How long does it take to mater a skil? As infants, parents watch their children to observe milestones. rolling over, sitting upright, crawling, walking, all are accomplished within a certain time frame suggested by pediatricians. Three months, six months, a year... A baby practices each day until these skills are accomplished. That is the focus of their day, well besides sleeping, eating and, potty!
As adults our day is filled with many tasks. When we decide to add a new skill to our array, we too have to practice! It takes 10,000km to be an expert skier!
What is Total Immersion Swimming? Learning to swim using a relaxed systematic method...moving through the water, not moving the water around you.
With TI, you develop focal points that are used in each workout, hard wiring your brain and nervous system to repeat these movements naturally.
As you develop the movements and skills through your workouts and guided practice, swimming becomes stronger and success follows, pace and speed improve, using less effort.
Learn to swim either in person, using the TI video series, or distance coaching.