Why is my Breaststroke Slow?

A question I hear more often than not, “Why is my Breaststroke Slow?” Breaststroke often gets a bad wrap for being the SLOWEST Olympic Stroke, but the reality is time wise, yes, Breaststroke is the slowest Olympic Stroke but in regards to effort required and power produced – one could argue that Breaststroke is the […]

How Swimming Can Help With Foot Conditions:

10 Medical Feet Conditions Where Swimming Helps Swimming is often thought of as a low-impact activity that is great for people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels.  While it’s true that swimming is a fantastic workout option for those with certain health conditions or injuries, the health benefits of this type of exercise go […]

Best Swim Training Fins Categorized By Age

If you’ve read the title, you know exactly why you’re here. I’ve had this blog in mind for a while now, as I have never found a resource that does a great job describing what size training fin a swimmer should wear throughout their competitive swimming journey. There are so many different styles of fins […]

Hip Mobility Required for Short-Axis Swimming Strokes

Welcome back! It’s been a whirlwind of a summer over here at SLAF and I can’t believe we are almost in the month of July. For the USA summer season, that puts us almost to championship meets which is nuts because it goes to show how quickly the summer season comes and goes. In today’s […]

What Temperature Requires a Wetsuit for Open Water Swimming?

Anyone who is considering open water swimming – whether as part of triathlon training, an open water swim event, or simply giving swim training a different angle – has probably thought about using a wetsuit, and for very good reason. Wetsuits provide swimmers with some creature comforts and perhaps an advantage or two, and there […]

Why Are Squats Good for Swimming?

Welcome Back! In today’s post, we are going to cover why squats are good for swimming and more specifically, your flipturns! If you love on land training, this post is definitely for you! Let’s get started! What is a squat? By definition a squat is a popular exercise that targets the muscles in the legs, […]

Freestyle Stroke: 3 Common Mistakes NOT To Make

Even though the Freestyle Stroke is the most practiced stroke, it is still littered with Common Mistakes NOT to Make. For the last blog post in our series on Common Stroke Mistakes, we’re going through 3 of the top and most fixable Freestyle mistakes. We’re also looking at what happens to your Speed and Power […]

Swim Meet Results and Post-Championship Blues

Swim meet results are in. Championship season has come to a close. Maybe you accomplished all of your goals. Maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s completely normal to feel a sort of “post-championship blues” after your last meet of the season. With the official ending of a season of life that represented hard work, teamwork, […]

Dolphin Kick Swimming for Beginners

Welcome Back! Undoubtedly if you’re new to the sport of swimming or have been swimming for a long time, you’re working on improving your Dolphin Kick swimming. The Dolphin Kick is mixture of timing, technique, mobility, and your anaerobic capacity. Most swimmers out there now rely heavily on their Dolphin Kick during their races. We […]

The Slowest Swimming Stroke: Most Common Mistakes We See

Even though Breaststroke is technically the slowest swimming stroke, there is no less of a NEED FOR SPEED than with any other stroke. And speed in Breaststroke is incredibly dependent on a swimmer keeping their momentum going. That means not making any common swimming mistakes that slows down their forward momentum. I’ve said it before […]

When to Start Pull Buoy Swimming?

Welcome back! As I mentioned in last week’s blog on Backstroke Starts, I’ve been really involved in the age-group realm of coaching this past season. I’ve made it a personal venture to really look at the beginning steps of an athletes trajectory to best put add words and stages to a swimmer’s journey. There is […]

Don’t Make These Common Backstroke Mistakes

Hey SLAF Fam! We are moving right along this week by continuing to answer the question, “What are some of the most common Backstroke mistakes (or really any stroke) you see?” We’ve already talked about the 3 most Common BUTTERFLY Mistakes that we see from swimmers. Today, we’ll be moving into BACKSTROKE! Let’s Get Started […]