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How to Reduce Nerves before a Swimming Race

How to Reduce Nerves before a Race

Are you prone to pre-race jitters? The nervousness experienced by swimmers before a race often plays a significant role in determining the outcome. Although feeling nervous is a natural response, it is crucial to learn how to harness and control these emotions to your benefit. To assist you in calming your nerves before a race, here are a few helpful tips.

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The Significance of Rest and Recovery

The Significance of Rest and Recovery

 It's crucial for competitive swimmers to prioritize rest and recovery for optimal performance, both physically and mentally. The rigorous training and stress on the muscles can really wear down the body, so without adequate rest, a swimmer's performance may decline. Here are a few key reasons why rest and recovery are vital.

 

Reduced Risk of Injury - Contrast training can put stress on your muscles and joints, leading to injuries like muscle strains and tendonitis. But, by making sure you give your body ample rest and recovery time, you can greatly reduce the risk of these injuries. This gives your body the opportunity to repair and heal itself effectively, keeping you safe and free from harm.

 

Boosts Performance -  It's important to give your body the time it needs to recover after tough workouts or competitions. Giving your body the chance to heal properly will increase muscle strength and boost your performance in your next swim.

 

Helps Your Mental Well-being - Competitive swimming is tough on the body and mind. Making sure to get enough rest can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and boost a swimmer's mental health.

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Improves Sleep - Sleep is a crucial time for the body to recover and repair, helping swimmers to sleep better and wake up feeling more energised and ready to improve their performance.

 

Increases Energy Levels - If you push your body without rest, it can also lead to fatigue and burnout. Making time to recover and rest can help increase your energy levels which will improve performance as your muscles won’t feel as tired.

Rest and recovery may not be as exciting as training and competitions, but it’s just as important for a swimmer's overall performance and well-being.

Learn To Swim Day: Why You Should Learn To Swim

Learn To Swim Day: Why You Should Learn To Swim

It's Learn to Swim Day! 

Learn To Swim Day is all about encouraging people to learn how to swim and to ensure that from a young age children are encouraged to learn how to swim for safety in the water. 

Don’t be shy, no matter how old you are! Adults can learn to swim too! Here are a few of the many reasons you should learn to swim.

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How to Streamline in Swimming

How to Streamline in Swimming

A streamlined position in the water is essential for minimizing resistance and sustaining velocity in the swimming pool. Whether it is propelling off the wall or plunging into the pool, a flawless streamline enables you to attain higher speeds and preserve energy.

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Open Turn Mistakes to Avoid

Open Turn Mistakes to Avoid

Swimming's open turn may appear to be a simple process - touch the wall, turn around, and continue swimming. However, it's not as straightforward as it seems. No matter if you're competing in butterfly, breaststroke, IM, or if you just prefer open turns over flip turns, it's time to elevate your turning game!

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The Benefits of Swimming for Seniors

The Benefits of Swimming for Seniors

 It's important to stay active to keep our health and well-being in check, especially as we get older. Swimming is a great choice for seniors because it's gentle on the body and provides a full-body workout with many health perks. Here are some of them.

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Stretching For Swimmers

Stretching For Swimmers

Stretching before a workout will do your body wonders with any physical activity. Although swimming is a low-impact sport, there is still risk to injury for those who hit the pool regularly. Having a good stretching routine to help improve your range of motion and your training longevity is beneficial. Whether swimming is a hobby or a full-time job, a few minutes of stretching can keep the body healthy.

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When To Start Your Childrens Swimming Lessons

When To Start Your Childrens Swimming Lessons

Starting swimming lessons can be a daunting task, even for the grown adult. But it is important for every child to know water survival skills as well as how to swim and keep them safe around water. Here is an age-by-age guide on swimming lessons for kids so you know what to expect and when it is best for you to get your children into swimming.

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The Best Ways to Recover After a Swim

The Best Ways to Recover After a Swim

Each swimmer is familiar with the sensation of their sore body following a challenging practice. Ensuring proper recovery of your body prior to the next session is crucial in order to avoid injuries and the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Below are the most effective methods for post-practice recovery.

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How To Finish A Tough Swim

How To Finish A Tough Swim

Now that the new year has come and gone, lots of swimmers are making their way back to the pool and encountering some special hurdles upon their return. Getting back into the groove of a workout routine can be quite challenging, and it's not always easy to stay motivated. Here are four strategies to assist swimmers in conquering a difficult workout.

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The ProSwimwear Guide To Competitive Swimsuits

Whether you’re taking part in your first competitive race, or you’re a seasoned veteran of competitive swimming, you’ll know that choosing the right FINA approved swimsuit is one of the vital keys to success.
There are plenty of different factors to consider when choosing your competitive race suit. There’s comfort, fit, speed, design and perhaps the most important, price!

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A Guide To Proper Nutrition For Swimmers

A Guide To Proper Nutrition For Swimmers

Having the correct nutrition is critical to meet the challenges of swim training. Having a lack of proper nutrition can cause swimmers to face fatigue, depletion of hydration and glucose levels, all of which inhabit performance. Here are some tips to get the correct nutrition to fuel you for your swim.

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Pullbuoys: A Comprehensive Guide for Swimmers

The Different Types Of Pull Buoys

Pullbuoys are buoyant pieces of foam that swimmers hold between their thighs whilst swimming to help keep their legs and hips at the surface of the water. This allows swimmers to stop kicking and concentrate exclusively on pulling and body rotation, and can also help increase arm strength.


There are different kinds of pull buoys that can be used and may help swimmers for different reasons. The right shape and buoyancy can make quite a bit of difference in the value pull buoys provide, and this guide outlines the various benefits of different pull buoy styles.

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