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3 Cadeaux Pour Votre Entretraineur

Le 5 mars 2018, 01:45 dans Humeurs 0

They help you learn better and more efficient technique. They motivate, encourage, and push you when you need it most. They give you the tools to learn how to believe in yourself so that you can give your best more often in the pool.

They are your local neighborhood swim coach.

The swim coach lifestyle—even though us swimmers might not always realize it—is hard. Just like you, they are doing the early mornings, the late nights, the weekends away. Only they are doing it while also working another job (yup—being a swim coach won’t make you rich), dealing with swim parents (no easy feat in itself), working with the board, marketing the club, and of course, planning and performing periodization for the duration of the swim season.

Whether you are looking for a holiday gift, or just wanna show some gratitude for a season well done, here are some of the best gift ideas for your swim coach.

A personal best time. The awesome feelings that come along with swimming faster than you’ve ever performed before are hard to under-describe. Progression, improvement, and the PBs that come along with it are intoxicating and can help fuel our training for years and months to come. You swimming super well isn’t just great for you, it’s a moment of recognition and pride for your swim coach as well! It’s proof that what you’ve been doing together in training is coming to fruition, and this is almost just as satisfying to your coach as it is for you.

A gift certificate for your local coffee shop. Swim coaches run on coffee and chlorine. This is a relatively well-known fact. The coffee cart is always the most desired of the snack and beverage carts at your local meets—and with good reason! Being alert over the long sessions on deck, writing splits, stroke counts, seeing who made it to finals, who didn’t, is critical, and coffee plays a huge role. Head down to your local coffee shop and pick up a gift certificate. Whether it’s on the early morning drive to the pool, or on day three of a six day meet, your coach will appreciate the pep and caffeine that comes with coffee.

A new stopwatch. Although there have been a metric butt-ton of advances in wearable tech over the past few years, whether it’s the team-based things, or the personal waterproof fitness trackers for measuring results in the water, there are lots of options for tracking and measuring our swimming. But the stopwatch, one of the oldest tools on the pool deck, hasn’t gone away. Coaches still swear by their stopwatches, and the most popular one amongst coaches that I had talked to is the Ultrak. It has multiple lined display, you can count anything you can think of with its split/stroke rate/result readings.

In Sum

Your coach gives up a lot to help you perform better in the water. Like most teachers, they invest extra time and effort in helping you to reach your potential and ability in the pool, and in life. So why not show your appreciation for them and their expertise with one of the gifts in our little list!

4 Tips for Buying Swimming Jammers

Le 15 février 2018, 05:25 dans Humeurs 0

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.

1: Look for suits with silicone straps on the inside. Racing suits for swimmers are unbelievably delicate. And expensive. Combing those two things is generally a recipe for a depleted bank account, so look out for the suits that have silicone lining on the insides of the pant leg and waist of the suit. This gives you something to

2: Go 2-3 sizes too small. Tech suit sizing is basically a world of itself. As someone who wears a 34” training suit, but then wears a 29” racing suit, I can attest to the general confusion and lack of coherence that comes with buying a racing suit. Most swim companies do have sizing charts that makes this process a little easier, so make sure you consult them before picking one out. This piece of advice is especially critical for those of us (pretty much everyone, really) who buys their swim suits over the internet.

3: Rinse with cold water after use. Remember how I mentioned that these suits are unbelievably delicate and expensive? They only get a dozen or so wears before they start to fray and fade. You can easily lengthen the life of your suit by giving it a quick rinse in clean, cold water after each time you blister to a new best time in it. Note: If you are going to rinse off your suit in the shower, make sure you aren’t exposing the suit to shampoo or soap—just as chlorine degrades the suits, so do solvents and the chemicals that are in household soaps and shampoos.

4: Use older tech suits for prelims and in-season meets. Another way to extend the life of your jammer is to wear the older ones that have started to fade but are still wearable for the less critical and important races. For example, those early season duel meets, or the prelims sessions of meets where you should confidently advance to finals that night. By limiting the wear of your brand new suit you buy it a few more sessions worth of use in the long haul, and a heap more dollar bills in your checking account.

The Takeaway

The big thing to remember is that your jammer is not a substitute for hard work, consistency, good technique and a killer mindset in the water. It should be treated as a the final and smallest piece of your preparation—something that may help you swim a little faster, but ultimately you are leaning on your months of focused effort to bring you forth to that best time, not that fancy new jammer swimsuit.

Benefits of Swimming with a Waterproof Fitbit

Le 11 février 2018, 03:02 dans Humeurs 0

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

That’s where the FitBit—one of the leading wearable manufacturers on the planet—steps in. Their set of waterproof Fitbits are generally more accurate than other trackers I have sampled.

Fitbit currently produces two Fitbits are that are awesome for swimming: the Flex 2, a lower priced “bracelet” model that has high battery life and is priced around $60. There is also the Fitbit smartwatch—their first one designed to give the Apple Watch a run for its money—the Fitbit Ionic.

The latter is far more feature-rich, and includes customizable faces, a scratch-proof screen, and it waterproof down to 50m (not that you will likely ever need to get that deep in the water). With all the extras the Ionic is also more expensive, coming it around $300, which is actually on the cheap side of things in the smartwatch category of wearable.

When it comes to swimming, there are two major reasons that you should be wearing a waterproof Fitbit:

Counts your laps for you. Back and forth, around we go, going up and down the black line for hours on end. If you are like most triathletes and swimmers I see at the local open swim, than I know you like doing long, unbroken stretches of swimming. Which is all great and swell—until you lose count. I’ve been there more times than I count, mid-set and suddenly wondering to myself if I was on my 5th round or 7th round. It sucks. Sporting a Fitbit for swimming will help you make forgetting lap counts a thing of the past.

Counts your stroke rate for you. Ever heard of SWOLF? How about mini-maxi swimming? Nope? The concept of both are simple: to swim as fast as you can with the lowest amount of strokes possible. The purpose of this is simple: the more efficient you can be in the water (i.e. the less strokes you take), the easier your overall speed becomes. Great swimmers aren’t just wildly strong or athletic, they are also able to swim through the water at a more efficient level than the competition. Russian sprinter Alexander Popov, who dominated the 50 and 100m freestyles for nearly a decade, took 3-4 less strokes per 50m than his competition. Training with a waterproof FitBit means you can track your stroke count per length (the ultimate measure of efficiency) in addition to how quickly you are completing each length (the measure of velocity). These scores give you another variable with which to target in your training.

The Takeaway

Tracking and evaluating our training makes our time in the pool more focused, and as a result, we improve faster. The next time you head down to the pool strap on a waterproof Fitbit and compete with the personal bests that you set yesterday and work your way to a faster and more efficient swim-stroke.

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