Swimming is arguably the most difficult and at times the most frustrating discipline of triathlon. As a sport, it touts an incredibly technical prowess. Swimming recruits nearly every muscle in the body while moving through a dense, resistant medium (water) with your body laying horizontally. Swimming is a blind sport, in the sense that you're unable to see most aspect of your stroke while in the water. With that said, it's easy to understand the potential room for error in the mechanics of swimming. Unfortunately, the learning curve can be steep because of the significant disconnect between what you feel like while swimming and what you look like while swimming...Swimming is anything but intuitive.
My own open water training has taught me that you can't "fake it 'til you make it" or employ the outdated swim ethics that "longer, harder sets will make you better/faster." Swimming requires a trained eye to analyze your unique stroke technique and provide immediate feedback. Through years of experience working with all levels and ages of athletes, I've developed the communication and principles necessary to make swimming approachable and easier to all. Patience is key. Your swimming will improve through repetition and dedication.
The Swim Mechanic offers one-on-one sessions comprised of stroke analysis using video in real-time, uniquely-tailored swim drills and detailed feedback/reiteration of the finer points via email. I work with you one-on-one in the pool OR the open water. Once the swimmer has developed some key fundamentals with their stroke, these skills are then applied to speed work and open water tactics to produce unparalleled results. I believe that open water application of swimming skills is paramount to the swimmer's success.
The Swim Mechanic believes there to be three main components to becoming a better triathlon swimmer:
2) Open water skills
Technique certainly goes a long way, producing efficiency and safe mechanics, and having masterful open water tactics/skills is also quite valuable for a triathlete. Generally, the missing piece of this formula is a swim program that produces proper fitness for the race distance at hand. Most triathletes simply do not swim frequently enough, long enough distances and hard enough efforts. The Swim Mechanic will craft an individualized monthly plan for you, gearing you up for particular race goals. Through your training, you will obtain new thresholds and a better sense of fluency and rhythm in the water, translating into unrivaled improvements in swim times.
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The Swim Mechanic offers one-on-one video analysis sessions remotely with any athlete around the world. The simplicity of sending a video of yourself swimming and receiving feedback on your stroke mechanics provides the same value as having The Swim Mechanic on deck with you each swim. Weekly or monthly sessions are offered, that include detailed feedback on your mechanics, drills/focuses to address your specific needs and how to integrate these into your current training program. The Swim Mechanic virtually coaches a complete spectrum of swimmers, from professional triathletes to age group first-timers. The methodology applies across the board and will give you the efficiency and effectiveness in the water to elevate your swimming success.
Hiring a triathlon coach is nearly requisite these days in order to successfully move up in distance, balance training with work/family life and keep up with the competitive nature of the age-group fields. As a coach, you're in high demand but surely want to always offer a service that represents you in the highest of regards. In order to sufficiently address each of the athlete's needs in all three sports, as well as their recovery and nutrition, a cumbersome time investment is required, as you know. I've found that an optimal way to streamline this, maximizing both your time and the quality of the athlete's coaching, is by creating allies with a swim coach(es). The full-time swim coach will be able to break down the specific stroke mechanics of the athlete, diagnose their needs and help you prescribe and tailor their weekly plan to address these items.
I mentor Triathlon coaches all over the country, helping them dissect the subtleties and specifics of their athletes' swimming. Together we can create fitter, healthier athletes by increasing their performance ceiling. Communication is imperative, and I will be able to provide you with language that helps you to best outfit the athletes training program to reach the goals you two set together. Fill out the form below to start some dialogue. I look forward to helping both yourself and your athletes better address swimmer's unique needs. Also, take a look at an article I did for Triathlete Magazine, further breaking down why to hire a swim coach.
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