Blogs about United States Masters Swimming (USMS)

Friday, October 13, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Ready to level up your racing and practices in the pool? Forget the big motivational lists, there are only a handful of things that you truly need to make an out-sized impact on your efforts in the chlorinated water.Here are four things that you can do to immediately boost your swimming this year in the water:
Friday, August 25, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
As a lifelong competitive swimmer I have always known the benefits of spending time in the pool. But when asked by a non-swimmer friend about some advice about getting in shape in the pool, and also asked what specific benefits there were to strapping on a swimsuit and goggles and heading to the pool, I actually had to stop and think about why I love this sport (and form of exercise) so darn much.Here are some of the reasons why I love this sport.1. Outdoor lap swimming is my happy place.
Monday, August 14, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Lap swimming provides a metric ton of benefits for the exercise-enthusiast. You get a zero-gravity environment that is easy on the joints. You can mix up upper body and lower body training with ease. And with a dizzying array of workouts and sets to try, you will never get bored.But before you go and conquer the pool, you need to start by being properly equipped to dominate the water. Besides a swim suit, which I heard is key, the next piece of swimming equipment you need when hitting lap swim is a pair of swimming goggles.Here’s what you need to know.
Friday, August 11, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
One of the funnest things in the sport of swimming is developing an awesome underwater dolphin kick. It’s the closest we come to assuming the form of a dolphin or great white in the water. In order to achieve the undulation, leg fitness and flexibility that comes with a great dolphin kick, you need to train it! This means you are adding extra dolphin kicks to your push-offs and starts. This means you are strengthening your legs in the gym. It means you are spending more time on your kickboard doing butterfly kick.
Friday, July 28, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Swimming has long been viewed as a fantastic way to get healthy and into better shape. It’s a cardiovascular exercise that is also partially strength training. Because it is performed in water, with our bodies buoyant, we can stress and work our muscles and lungs without the jarring impact of running on concrete or the risk of having heavy weights fall on us like in the gym.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Alrighty, so you are in the market for a new swim cap. Perhaps you are taking to the world of swimming for the first time, and are wondering why you would need to wear one (you will learn that too), and what kind of swim cap you should get.Here’s what you need to know about picking out a swim cap so that you can crush the laps at your local swimming pool.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
You’ve worked hard in every single one of your swim practices over the past few months. You showed up to every morning practice, even when the last thing you wanted to do was get up at 5:00am and go to the pool. You even cleaned up your diet, and started lifting weights.Now it’s time to put all that hard work onto the starting blocks and to see what you are capable of in the water. But, in order to swim your absolute fastest, you need to pick yourself out a racing suit, or as they are more commonly known in the swimming world, a jammer.
Monday, July 10, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
If you swim laps competitively, or recreationally, you’ve encountered a problem that is unique to swimming up and around the black line at your local pool—no music! Unlike when you are on the treadmill, pedaling on the bike, or lifting heavy things up and down, having your favorite tunes there to push and motivate you has always been limited to whatever garbage, err, music is being played on the house PA system.
Thursday, June 22, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The breaststroke, while a favored stroke of your casual lap swimmer for its ease of breath, is not an easy stroke to master for your neighbourhood competitive swimmer. Whether it is trying to master the timing of the breaststroke kick—which can leave even the most accomplished swimmer feeling like a rank amateur—to mastering the pull and kick timing, the breaststroke is deceptively hard to come to grips with.

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