Sean McArthur

10 Ways Swimmers Can Ease Race Day Nerves and Anxiety

swimming nerves blog

Competitions can be a nerve-wracking experience for swimmers, who put a lot of pressure on themselves during race day.

There is the fear of not wanting to under-perform after working so hard in training, and the worry of swimming in front of your friends or family. Combine that with the long waits you'll often face on competition day, and it's a time when nerves and anxiety levels are high.

Acknowledging these feelings, learning how to handle them and then overcoming them, is vital. Here, we share our top 10 tips to help you make your race day as relaxed and stress-free as possible.

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3 Training Fin Drills To Make You a Better Swimmer

swim training fins drills

Using swim training fins can really add a whole new dimension to your swim training and help you become a better all-round swimmer.

Check out these three swim sets which have been created for swimmers to build their speed, strength and technique.

We recommend trying these swimming drills wearing fins with a short to mid-length blade. Training fins with a shorter blade allow for more foot speed and proper technique work, so you'll get the maximum benefit from these sets.

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Best food to eat before and after swimming

best thing to eat before swimming

Eating the right food at the right time can make a major difference to your swimming performance in the pool, and to the time it takes you to recover afterwards.

Choosing the best pre-swim meal will help fuel your body with the highest levels of energy and help you get the most out of your swim session.

We reveal how to eat sensibly before and after swimming. Find out which energy rich foods will help you swim for longer, and which foods to avoid!

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3 Tips For Buying Prescription Swimming Goggles

prescription swimming goggles

Prescription swimming goggles come with specially manufactured lenses, available in a variety of strengths. The scale on which these lenses vary is known as the 'dioptre' scale.

This style of lens and the dioptre scale are similar to those commonly used in generic reading glasses. The strength will be a close match to your own prescription, but may not be as close as the glasses purchased directly from your optician.

We've put together some useful tips to help you with the process of selecting your first pair of prescription lens goggles.

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3 Tips For Choosing Your Next Tech Suit

Buying a tech suitIt's competition season again! Whether you're attending club, county, national competitive events, open meets or galas, there's never been a better time to talk about tech suits! There are two things that everyone starts talking about close to a meet, taper and tech suits. These are two aspects of racing that can be key to a swimmer's confidence.

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Freestyle Technique Essentials: 2 Must-Have Training Tools for A High Elbow Recovery

FINIS Freestyle Technique Essentials

The high elbow technique is one of the most basic elements of freestyle swimming and, like most basic technical skills, one of the most difficult to master. Most swimmers understand the importance of the high elbow technique for both pool and open-water swimming, yet many swimmers neglect the many benefits of a proper recovery during training. Training tools are a simple way to capture the many benefits of a proper high elbow recovery, including efficiency and shoulder stability.

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How To Use A Kickboard

Finis alignment kickboardSeems simple doesn't it? Well it may not be as simple as you think. There are correct and incorrect ways to hold a standard kickboard. New swimmers may be tempted to grab the sides of their kick board with bent arms and push downward to try and achieve more buoyancy, this is wrong, don't do this. You'll find you can't do any substantial kicking/swimming like this anyway.

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Arena Powerskin Carbon Flex VX

Flex VX Jammers

The Arena Powerskin Carbon Flex VX is part of the market-leading Carbon swimsuit series.

Arena now have several models of carbon technology suit on the market, offering swimmers diverse options in flexibility and fit whilst maintaining the distinctive advantages of the world’s most innovative swim racing and muscle compression technology. Learn more about the Carbon Flex VX suits here.

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FINIS Introduces SwimEars - Keep Water Out, Let Sound In

FINIS SwimearsFINIS, Inc. a worldwide leader in technical swimming innovation, is excited to announce the launch of the SwimEars® watertight acoustic earplugs.These revolutionary earplugs are designed to let sound in and keep water out. The SwimEars® were originally designed by Christian Dittrich and his team at Ear Labs in Sweden. His team of specialists spent over 1,000 hours designing, developing and prototyping the product to create an innovative, new earplug.

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How to Use a Swimmer's Snorkel for Stroke Development (with videos)

Swim Snorkel Pro is the latest development on the more conventional Swim Snorkel. Designed for more experienced swimmers, its hydrodynamic design guarantees exceptional stability at high speeds. This feature not only allows you to maintain an efficient swimming technique, it also guarantees an efficient swimming style in workouts focusing on developing strength in the water.

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County Age Group Championships - Moving Up The Competitive Swimming Ladder

Swimming County Champs 2016If you're a club swimmer, swimming parent or swimming club volunteer then chances are you'll be involved in the County Age Group Championships happening right now all over the country. County Champs usually kick off in mid-January and run to early-March, they're a great way to introduce kids of all different ages to competitive swimming. It's a good chance for swimmers to put in to practice all of the new things they've learned since they resumed training in September.

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Week 4 of 8 - Speedo Swim Fitness Plan

Swimming For Fitness

  Hello again fitness swimmers! It’s week 4 of our 8 week swim training plan. The distance is increasing week by week.  Week one was 3200 metres overall, whereas this week you’ll be swimming 4800 metres! By the end of the training plan you will be swimming further and faster than you previously thought possible!

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