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How Cherry Active benefits your swim nutrition plan

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Making the most of your muscle recovery time is a vitally important part of training for any swimmer. 

Specialist nutrition brand Active Edge has harnessed this power with CherryActive, a concentrate that can be used by swimmers and other athletes as part of their daily nutrition plan.

We take a look at the theory behind the product, and how it can help you with your swim training and competition.

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2018 FINA World Cup: Xu Jiayu world record in Tokyo

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Xu Jiayu set a new 100m backstroke world record during the penultimate leg of the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo at the weekend.

The Chinese swimmer touched the wall in 48.88 to smash the record of 48.90 held by Kliment Kolesnikov since December 2017.

It was one of three backstroke gold medals in Japan for Xu, who also won the 50m in 22.87 and the 200m in 1:48.32, but he narrowly missed out to Vladimir Morozov on being the best men's performer at the Tokyo meet.

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Why elite swimmers choose the Speedo LZR Racer X

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It is the tech suit of choice for many top Olympic gold medallists such as Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian, Conor Dwyer and Pernille Blume, but what is it about the Speedo LZR Racer X that makes it so popular among international swimmers?

A racing suit with an extremely rich history in racing, the original Speedo LZR tech suit burst on to the scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was worn by 95% of swimmers who won medals.

Since then, Speedo have continued to develop and improve their racing swimwear technology at their Aqualab, so we examine how the LZR Racer X has been designed to be the brand's fastest racing suit yet.

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How to mentally prepare yourself for a swim race

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With all your hard work in the pool complete, it's time to turn your attention to getting your pre-race mental preparation spot on.

All of your good work in the water could be undone if your head isn't in the right place in those final few moments before you approach the starting block.

We share some top tips on how to remove distractions, doubts, worries and anxiety in the build-up to race day, so you can focus purely on the job at hand.

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2018 FINA World Cup: Katinka Hosszu closes gap in Beijing

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Katinka Hosszu has closed the gap on overall leader Sarah Sjöström after claiming another four gold medals in the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup.

Hungarian swimmer Hosszu won the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medleys as well as the 200m butterfly in the fifth leg of the series in Beijing over the weekend.

In the men's standings, Russia's Vladimir Morozov is now 104 points clear of nearest challenger Kirill Prigoda after winning the 50m and 100m freestyle along with the 50m butterfly and 100m IM.

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How to Use a Pull Buoy to Improve Your Swim Technique

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Pull buoys are small but effective training aids that can really help swimmers develop their skills and make the most of their time in the pool.

The benefits of training with a pull buoy include improved arm strength and technique, a more efficient breathing style and better swim posture.

Our guide shows you how to use one of these pull buoys to their maximum potential, and features some of the top products currently on the market.

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Ross Edgley closes in on Great British Swim finish

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Ross Edgley will become the first person to swim the entire coast of mainland Britain when he completes his Great British Swim challenge at the weekend.

Edgley, 33, is expecting to reach Margate this Sunday, November 4. It will mark the end of more than five months at sea, which has seen him swim 2,000 miles and overcome some gruesome injuries.

He is due to complete the swim in 157 days, and will be joined at the finish line by more than 300 swimmers from the Outdoor Swimming Society.

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How Beet It juice helps Hannah Miley's nutrition plan

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Have you ever considered the power of beetroot as part of your swim nutrition plan?

With its high dietary nitrate levels and its reputation as a rich source of antioxidants, many top athletes are choosing beet juice to help with performance and recovery.

Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley is one of those athletes, and she reveals the benefits as well as her top nutritional tips to incorporate beetroot juice into your diet.

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10 Top Picks for Choosing the Best Swim Backpack

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Finding the best swim backpack with enough space to carry your kit, towel and swim equipment can be extremely difficult.

Not only is size important, you also need to be sure your swimming rucksack is tough and durable while keeping your gear safe and dry.

We take a look at the essential features swimmers must look out for when searching for a new swimming kit bag, and highlight our 10 favourite swim backpacks.

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6 Ways Swimmers Can Stop Goggles From Fogging Up

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Having your goggles steam up is never a good moment for a swimmer, particularly when it happens at the worst possible time.

Fogged up swim goggles can easily disrupt the flow of your training session or, even worse, the problem could strike in the middle of a race.

Thankfully, there are a variety of simple tips and tricks you can use to prevent your swimming goggles from steaming up. We feature our six most popular cures here.

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