Swim Tips

6 Top Tips To Prepare For Your First Swimming Race

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Your first ever swimming race is a big moment, but is also a step into the unknown.

It is an experience you'll always look back on and remember, despite the nerves and anxiety you're understandably feeling in the days and hours leading up to the race.

It's important to embrace and enjoy the occasion, so we've put together six top tips that will take the stress and worry out of your race day preparation and help your big day run smoothly.

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10 Ways Swimmers Can Ease Race Day Nerves and Anxiety

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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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The Best Race Ready Routines for Swimmers

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Enjoying continued success at your swimming races isn't just about turning up on a Saturday and smashing it. If only it was that simple!

To get the very best out of your performance on race day, it is essential that you work hard to develop the best possible routines between races, and stick to them.

Here, we share our five top tips for good habits and developing the best race-ready routine.

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Best Core Exercises for Swimmers With Hannah Miley

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Increasing your swimming core strength will see you develop greater stability and balance in the water while also being able to maintain a more efficient streamlined body position.

Greater swimming core strength will also give you extra power, both in the arms for your pull and in the legs for your kick.

Here, Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley demonstrates her two favourite drills which have helped improve her core strength over her career. Give them a try!

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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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3 Training Fin Drills To Make You a Better Swimmer

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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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What is the fastest lane in swimming?

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Is there such a thing as a 'fastest lane' in swimming? The obvious choice would be Lane 4, where the fastest qualifiers are placed for finals.

We take a look at the facts, the myths and the superstitions to establish exactly how much of an advantage swimmers gain from competing in the middle lanes.

Is it psychological, or is there more to it than that? We have all the answers, along with tips and advice to help you get the right mindset if you're starting from an outside lane.

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Why Is a Swimming Cool Down So Important?

We examine the benefits of a proper swimming warm down and how it can help the mind as well as speed up muscle recovery.

There are plenty of swimmers that overlook warm downs after swimming. This is perhaps understandable. If you have just spent a good few hours hurting your muscles in the pool, the last thing you probably want to do is hop back in.

Or, if you were in a race and it didn't go your way, you're probably not that eager to jump back into the water. Still, you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to get your warm down, and here are the reasons why.

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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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Top Tips to Improve Your Breaststroke Pull Technique

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If you're wondering how you can fine-tune your breaststroke technique to bring your times down even further, try taking a look at your breaststroke pull and pull down.

Perfecting your arm technique, as well as your transitions between the three phases of a breaststroke pull, will boost your efficiency and speed in the pool.

Even by doing the slightest thing wrong, you'll be costing yourself valuable seconds or milliseconds, so check out these helpful tips and video demonstrations to maximise your potential for a new breaststroke PB.

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