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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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How To Use a Training Snorkel For a Faster Swim

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A swimming snorkel is one of the must-have training aids for your swim bag, and it can produce great results for swimmers of all standards.

They can be used to improve body positioning and alignment, stroke technique and kicking, along with stamina, speed and endurance.

We take a look at the biggest benefits of using a training snorkel during your session, and pick our five favourites.

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9 Ways To Use a Massage Foam Roller

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A foam roller can be an incredibly useful and versatile massage aid for swimmers and athletes concentrating on muscle recovery.

These rollers offer a simple and efficient way to apply pressure and release muscle tightness at times when it's not always possible to visit a sports physio.

In association with Fitness-Mad, we look at nine massage roller exercises that will help you get the very best out of this impressive piece of equipment.

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How to Avoid Headaches While Swimming

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Have you ever had a headache caused by your swimming goggles? Many swimmers complain of head pain that come from wearing swim goggles, but this is just one of several causes of swimmers' headache.

Well, it's time this stopped! No swimmer should have to endure a banging head when they're enjoying a dip. It takes all the fun out of what should be a refreshing and invigorating sport or pastime.

So we've highlighted the most common causes of swimming headaches along with some simple tips on how to cure them.

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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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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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10 Best New Year's Resolutions for Swimming Inspiration

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It's that time of year where we all like to plan a fresh start. A time to look back at what went wrong over the past 12 months, and what we need to do to put it right.

Like the majority of athletes, swimmers are no different. Swimming is a sport that constantly inspires new goals, bigger targets and a motivation to succeed.

With that in mind, what New Year's resolutions are you planning to make 2019 your most successful year yet in the swimming pool? We've come up with our 10 top suggestions that will inspire you to achieve great things over the coming 12 months.

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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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13 Stretches to Help You Warm Up Before Swimming

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Warming up your body before exercise is as important for swimming as it is in any sport.

Stretching plays a key role in this process, as it helps to prepare your muscles and joints for the intense workout ahead while also reducing the risk of injury.

With that in mind, we take a look at 13 essential stretches for swimmers to do before exercise, and share some top tips and advice.

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