Blogs about United States Masters Swimming (USMS)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The laps have been completed, you showed up to all those extra morning workouts (even in the dead of winter), you had your nutrition game on point, and know it’s time to pick out a racing suit to help you crush the competition and your personal best times on race day.But what kind of suit should you get? What is the best swim jammer for the particular meet you are attending? In this quick buyer’s guide we are going to break down what to look for when picking the best swimming jammers.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Wearables have become a common place site with athletes both in the gym and on the trails. My runner and cyclist friends are all avid wearable-rockers. This trend has slowly found itself to the local swimming pools as well.The big issue—which our land-bound athletic brethren don’t suffer from as much—is the accuracy aspect. Most waterproof wearables don’t track strokes other than front crawl, are easily
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The FINIS Tempo Trainer Pro is an old-school tool in many ways: there’s no fancy buttons or apps, just a beeping metronome that you set and attach to your head.For some of you, the Tempo Trainer will possibly remind you of the “beep test” that many of us had to do in high school and elementary school. Fortunately, you can set the speed and frequency on this particular device.Here are some of the reasons you should use this bad boy in training:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Like most swimmers, you want more from your swimming. You want to be able to stand up on the blocks and be comfortable in knowing that you did all you could to prepare for your swimming race.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Ready to hit the pool and get in shape this year? Here are some of the common pieces of equipment that you will need in order to rock out in the pool with style and safety.
Monday, January 08, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
So you’ve made the decision to head down to your local aquatic centre and crush some laps. You’re sold on the benefits of the sport: you get a great upper and lower body workout, you get to exercise in a manner that doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your joints, and it’s also a great life skill to have for when you are down at the lake or the river.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
So you’ve made yourself some new years resolutions, and they include getting back into the pool and crushing some laps. Good call. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can get into. From being able to work out in a low gravity environment (easy on your joints), working both strength and cardio, and even targeting specific areas of your body (you can do upper body-centric work or lower body centric work), swimming can be just the ticket to living a healthier lifestyle this year.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
Swimmers spend a whole lot of time going back and forth in the pool, trying to get an edge over the competition and the swimmer who they were yesterday. One of the more common tools in their efforts to conquer the pool include a pair of swimming or training fins. Generally shorter in nature, supple enough not to cause excessive blistering or bruising, and designed to help swimmers boost speed and develop power, fins are also a fun tool to use. Here are some of the reasons that swimmers should use fins when swimming.
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.

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