We’ve all been there: getting into our stride, enjoying our swim and feeling focused before – splutter, panic – it all goes pear-shaped. There’s nothing like a mouthful of water to put you off your stroke.
Core is one part of what I call my ‘fitness set’ – the key elements you need to master to improve your swimming and to be able to swim faster.
At that crucial ‘make or break’ point in a race, it’s those who have committed to training their mind as well as their body who will succeed. Learn how to improve your fitness achievements with this advice on breaking through those 'killer' moments.
Discover the stamina-building training tips that will enable you to swim further and faster, as former World Champion swimmer and gold medallist, Karen Pickering MBE, shares the endurance tips gleaned during twenty years representing Britain at senior level.
So you’ve made the changes and tweaked your training. Now what? Elite coach Fred Vergnoux shares his next-level fitness tips and advice for staying motivated in this last instalment of his blog.
Make one small change to your approach to goal-setting and say hello to a fitter, more motivated you. Elite swim coach Fred Vergnoux (who puts Spain’s top swimmers through their paces), reveals how his tips for achieving your goals – without losing motivation.
Annie Emmerson is a former international triathlete, runner and duathlete (running and cycling). She retired in 2006 ranked as the world #1 duathlete. Annie now works as a sports presenter and commentator for the BBC and coaches a range of athletes in running, swimming and cycling. Read Annie's top tips for improving your running
From improving lung capacity, to increasing core strength - turns out swimming can make you better at other disciplines, too.
Improve your technique and not only will you cut more gracefully through the water, but more comfortably and efficiently too, saving you energy which could help you swim faster for longer. Want in? Here are five great tips for improving your technique:
You’ve trained for months hitting the pool at 6am every morning and you’ve even given up your nightly chocolate fix in preparation for your race. But on the big day, it all goes a bit pear-shaped. Don’t lose heart - here’s what to do next.