The SwimMastery Blog
The acquisition of new skills is recognised as being as much in the mind as it is in the body. But it is perhaps less obvious that a significant part of this is simply to recognise one’s own level of competence.
Those that prefer a birthday suit to a wetsuit will tell you that nothing beats the feel of the water directly against the skin. However, for newcomers to cold water swimming, using a wetsuit can be a very useful intermediate step – and one many folk never get past. And there’s absolutely no shame in that…
If you stand on the shore, dipping in one toe at a time you’ll probably never pluck up the courage to get in. However, to take the “Geronimo” approach and leap with gay abandon from the jetty is equally ill-advised.
You rarely see someone who has just completed a swim in a freezing river, lake or coastline who isn’t grinning like a maniac
Factors such as time and strokes per length are so ingrained into our coaching and training that it is easy to think that they are the be-all and end-all when it comes to measuring performance
With heightened awareness of child protection and data privacy rules one has to be mindful of the situations where filming is restricted or simply not allowed. The rules are vital for protecting the rights of the swimmer but there is no doubt that they present difficulties for those people who have legitimate reasons for filming.
I was asked recently how we would distinguish SwimMastery from, for example, a program such as 'X' led by a famous Olympic swimmer. My response went something like this... That's a good question regarding comparison between SwimMastery and something like Program X....
Darth’s helmet looks impressive but is massively impractical for day-to-day living, restricting, as it does, both vision and movement. However, for the swimmer this is no bad thing.
Turning off muscles is often more difficult than engaging them. Go to any public pool and you will see hands doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things…
Surely the whole point of doing drills is to try and repeat the same actions in the same way, over and over, in order to imprint them into ‘muscle memory’, isn’t it? Yes, it is. And this is why you should try changing something else about the drill.
SwimMastery have worked with thousands of people around the world and we’re open to the possibility that some new students could come along and present problems we haven’t tackled before and new ideas will be needed.
However, whilst running and cycling are no longer possible, Louise Buxton has discovered that open water swimming is not only still an option but actually one which relieves her symptoms for a brief period.