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The Athlete Approved Swimmer's Guide to using Hand Paddles

Posted by Athlete Approved on 15th Jun 2021

The  Athlete Approved Swimmer's Guide to using Hand Paddles
Why you should use Paddles for Lap SwimmingBuild Upper Body StrengthSimilarly to how fins are used to focus on your lower body, paddles are used to focus on your upper body.There are few cardio exercises that can work the upper body like swimming. Adding a pair of paddles will only help focus more on building arm, back, and chest strength.Swimmers should be careful not to overdo it with paddles. The most common injury in swimming are shoulder injuries. If you have a flaw in your technique or pre
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Swim Faster and more Efficiently by optimising your Stroke Rate using the Finis Tempo Trainer Pro

Posted by Kevin Draper, SwimBikeRunGB on 1st Jun 2021

Swim Faster and more Efficiently by optimising your Stroke Rate using the Finis Tempo Trainer Pro
Review by Kevin Draper from SwimBikeRunGB, Fitness and WellbeingOne of the key components to swimming your best front crawl (Freestyle) is the number of strokes you take in a minute, how fast your turn your arms over – your stroke rate. But how do you know how fast your stroke rate is and how can you tell what’s just right for you? The great news is that by optimising your stroke rate you can swim faster and more efficiently overnight!You can use this simple, but incredibly effective piece of ki
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Swimming performance: Can you parachute your way to a PB?

Posted by Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM, on 25th May 2021

Swimming performance: Can you parachute your way to a PB?
*Article originally from Sports Performance Bulletin, www.sportsperformancebulletin.comIn the quest for performance, swimmers typically cover thousands of meters in the pool with nothing more interesting to do than look at the ceiling or bottom of the pool. As with other endurance sports, some carefully targeted strength training may be a better addition to a swim training plan than simply adding another couple of thousand metres, and this explains the popularity of ‘land-based’ strength program
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Cold water swimming: Why an icy dip is good for your mental and physical health

Posted by Helen Glenny, courtesy of BBC Science Focus on 11th May 2021

Cold water swimming: Why an icy dip is good for your mental and physical health
Claire’s* legs ache with cold as she pushes forwards into the messy grey sea, grey sand stretching behind her, grey sky above. She braces herself against each incoming wave, the wind whipping at her exposed skin. This is the chilling reality of cold water swimming.Her local beach, Scheveningen, on the western coast of the Netherlands, is a wide expanse of sand running uninterrupted beside the North Sea. It’s March, and the sea temperature is about 6°C. In the water, Claire’s skin temperature dro
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KYLE SMITH - MY FIRST IRONMAN…

Posted by Kyle Smith on 4th May 2021

KYLE SMITH - MY FIRST IRONMAN…
My First Ironman…. And no, I'm not talking about the 2008 Marvel Movie but like Tony Stark, the first thing I did when I was out of that dark place was a big greasy burger, or 3. Doing an Ironman was a calculated risk for me, on one hand I had nothing to lose, on the other it might have been a total flop! Halting any ambitions of another endeavour… Again, much like Marvels delve into the unknown. But boom, I’ve signed up for another, The big one, Kona! Stupid? Maybe, Lofty ambitions for it? Abs
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