Blogs about United States Masters Swimming (USMS)

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.
Monday, May 08, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
There is a ton of different swim equipment out there for both the novice and competitive swimmer. From paddles to pull buoys to swim fins there is a never-ending pile of equipment to choose from when we hop in the water.As a long-time competitive swimmer I have had a chance to play around with most of them. Here are the three essential tools swimmers need in order to swim faster:1. Tempo Trainer Pro.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
When it comes to swimming, the breaststroke looks easy. After all, the arm recovery is underwater, unlike the butterfly stroke, you get to breathe every stroke, and there are recovery periods for both the upper and lower body limbs during the course of the stroke cycle.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
For competitive swimmers there are fewer better moments than putting on a brand new racing suit for the first time. Slipping into a $300 piece of fabric that has literally been designed by space scientists and that you know will help you swim faster is a glowing moment.Here are three things that the fellas should be remembering when picking out a tech suit for men.1. Comfort and fit.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 • Victoria, BC V8V2H7, CA
Working It Out
The log book is one of the most powerful allies in your battle to becoming a faster swimmer. Here are 5 less-talked-about benefits to writing out your swim practices.When it comes to achieving that one thing we all want in the water—becoming insanely fast—writing out your swim workouts is as simple, and as powerful as it gets.

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