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 […]

Jon Urbanchek’s Workouts: Learning the Color System

There is NO DOUBT that if you’re a swim coach, you know the name: Jon Urbanchek. Jon Urbanchek is a legend within the swim world – most noticeably for his tenure in the Head Coaching Position at the University of Michigan. As an Olympic Coach, Jon single handedly changed the way swim training workouts were […]

Why is Sculling Important for Swimming?

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Sculling! In Part II of this series, we plan to dive deeper into Why Sculling is Important for Swimming and the many swimmers out there! If you missed Part I of this series, click here to catch up! Let’s get started! The purpose behind sculling for […]

Finding Your WHY: Swim Life & The Grind

Although details of the swim life can look very different from season to season and team to team, there are a couple aspects of a swimmer’s journey that nearly everyone can relate to: the grind, the challenges, and the hope that it all pays off in the end. That’s why it’s CRUCIAL to understand the […]