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#201: [Case Study] What To Do When Your Open Water Times Are Slower Than Your Pool Times with Prescott Balch

Wed, 20 Oct 2021

My guest today is Prescott Balch. Prescott was recently featured in one of our YouTube videos where we are looking at how can someone can go from 2:10 minutes per hundred down to 1:30. I want to get him into the podcast to talk about his experience and frustrations when it comes to open water and how he was able to manage it.

02:03 Swimming Background
04:19 Don't Try To Work On Too Much
05:44 Steady Progress
08:21 Terrible Race Results
10:34 Frustrations
13:51 8 Week Faster Freestyle Program
15:13 Open Water v.s. The Pool
20:19 Half Ironman
25:23 Starting Slow In Triathlon Swim
26:45 Easy Speed
28:28 You'll Never Know What Race Day Brings
31:51 Always Be Humble Enough To Go To Basics
33:21 Breathing And Relaxation
34:10 Learn To Like Open Water Swimming

#200: How One Stroke Change Lead To A 16 Seconds PB with Ben Kent

Fri, 08 Oct 2021

Our guest today is Ben Kent who had recently made some big improvements with his swimming time. I like to get people who have gone through some of our programs and mage improvements just to show that it is possible and with the right focus and know how you can really make changes to your times by improving your technique.

00:54 Swimming Background
01:50 They Told Me I Could Not Run Anymore
02:38 Doing The 5 Day Catch Challenge
04:58 I feel Like Going Slower And Swimming Easier
06:46 Contrast Drills
08:00 Motivated After Seeing Improvements

#199: 52 Hours and 125km (Breaking The World Record For The Longest Non-Stop Ocean Swim) with Neil Agius

Thu, 07 Oct 2021

Our guest today is Neil Agius who recently broke the World Record for the Longest Non-Stop Swim in the Ocean which is 125km over 52 hours. Join me as Neil talks about his incredible swim.

01:53 After The Swim
02:47 How Much Time To Train And Prepare For The Big Swim
03:33 Week Structure/Scheduling
04:16 Managing Emotions And Energy
06:26 Strategy For Dealing With Long Swims
07:26 Swimming Conditions
10:29 Cadence And Conserving Energy
12:15 Raising The Level Of Capacity
13:34 The Team
20:47 Energy And Spirituality
22:28 Self Realization
24:47 Turning Negative Into Positive
25:50 Race For A Cause: Wave Of Change
30:43 Getting Back To The Water
32:42 Future Swims

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#198: The 5 Core Principles Of Fast Freestyle (#5 - Find Your Rhythm And Timing)

Mon, 04 Oct 2021

Today, we are talking about the 5th and final Core Principle of Fast Freestyle: find your rhythm and timing.


00:36 The Dancing Part Of Freestyle
01:13 Kick Timing
04:35 Use Different Types Of Kick
10:33 Serape Effect
13:35 Hand Speed
14:07 Split Tempo
17:54 Drills
19:22 8 Week Faster Freestyle Course

#197: The 5 Core Principles Of Fast Freestyle (#4 - Develop An Effective Catch And Pull)

Mon, 27 Sep 2021

In today's episode, we will be discussing the core principle number four of Fast Freestyle, which is developing an effective catch and pull.

01:40 No Need To Overpower The Catch
03:07 Teaching The Four Key Positions
04:00 Start Of The Catch
06:00 High Elbow Catch
07:35 Power Diamond Position
10:20 Exit Of The Stroke
11:36 YMCA Drill Progression
14:38 More Drills To Work On Your Catch
15:07 Setup Phase
16:35 Path Of The Hand
17:57 Hand Speed

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