Ike and Zeke Erickson

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I just wanted to let you know how much my boys enjoyed the camp, and how much they learned!  They were amazed at all of the knowledge you and your family possess, and really appreciated the objective, and timely feedback they got. Thanks again for everything.  You guys were Awesome! – Todd Erickson, father of Zeke and Ike

Thanks for all the help!! When my dad signed me up for [the camp] I was on the fence of quitting or not but after these days, I remembered why I loved the sport. And that alone was worth it not to mention how much we learned. :) – Zeke Erickson, 21

Alexa Hommen

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Dear Race Club,

Thank you so much for the amazing experience. I had a wonderful time and learned a ton of techniques that will help me earn quicker times. Thank you for teaching me the shoulder driven freestyle, I will drop seconds. Thank you again for teaching me breathing in freestyle too. I absolutely feel as though breaststroke will be my best stroke after the improvement you guys gave me. I hope to come back some time in August and learn butterfly the Race Club way. I dropped five seconds on my PR for freestyle.

Best of wishes,

Alexa Hommen, 11

Lynne Meneses

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The Race Club: What did you think of the swim sessions at camp?masters swimming

Lynne Meneses: They were good. THe pool was great and almost like private. I remember the comments from coaches and will keep them in mind during my swimming workouts. And good to learn the dryland part.

TRC: What did you think of Gary Hall Sr. and the coaches?

LM: He was knowledgeable, professional and communicated well with us. All of you were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Lynne, age 59 from New York

The Mehoks’ – Family Swim Camp

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Amy-Thank you very much for the wonderful week! You, Richard and of course GH Sr. were great hosts and fantastic instructors / coaches.
My girls asked me if we can come back next year…  I said, absolutely.
I thought the way you presented the concepts to the girls was excellent. Considering they are 9, and their attention span is less than that when measured in seconds; they absorbed a lot. In facts they spent the entire ride from Islamorada to the Miami airport telling [their mom] the stories GH Sr told them, every single one – they liked the one about him swimming in the Disneyland pool ;-)
What you guys taught them are fundamentals that will make a difference as the grow into the sport. Thank you.
When I asked the girls what they enjoyed most about the Keys, they said (in priority order), 1) parasailing with Dad, 2) Richard’s Bungee cords and 3) painting coconuts.  For the Race Club to make the top three is a huge accomplishment. Richard should be proud!
Thank you so much for the phenomenal week. I will stay in touch throughout the season.
Btw. I tried Gary’s sets below. But I chickened out my first day back this morning and instead did 20 50s free on a 86 stroke rate with high elbows and head down-made them all (no fins). It was tough especially after a 40 min dry land circuit.
21 point here I come :-)))

All the best,

Coach Nate Chessey North Coast Aquatics

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HI Race Club!

I have to first wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  I also want to thank you for all the videos/lectures you’ve been putting out into our swimming community as they’ve been valuable resources of information, and the application for my kids has been night and day different.

Yours in Swimming,

Nate Chessey

North Coast Aquatics, San Diego, CA

Henric Birrong – German Triathlete

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Hello Mr. Hall Senior,

I am a 50 year old German Triathlete who loves swimming and I want to congratulate you for the best swimming resource I found all around the web. Your explanations and videos are highly understandable and based on great knowledge and years of competitive swimming and practical coaching experience. I learned swimming by self-teaching me and sometimes I’m sad that in my early years I had no experienced coaching and no resources at all to have a serious look at the theory of swimming fast. And even today there is so much junk information for swimming all around the planet, that in worst case you get wrong advices and work completely the wrong way, or waste hours for little gains (f.e. Total Immersion, which completely ignores the absolutely vital high elbow pull!) Hope you continue your articles on the Race Club Website,

All the best,

Henric Birrong

Marco Rivera

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The Race Club: What did you think of Gary Hall Sr.? Marco Rivera

Rick Rivera (Marco’s Dad): It was amazing to observe the knowledge and experience being passed down to the students in such a manner that was easily understandable.

TRC: What did you think of The Race Club coaches and staff?

RR: Everyone was great.  The atmosphere was so relaxing and friendly.  Talk about feeling at home with all of the staff.  Richard was outstanding, the work he does with the athletes was great.

TRC: What did you think of your accommodation?

RR: We made use of our Hilton Honors Points and stayed at the Hampton Inn.  The lodging was great, maybe we will find a place with a kitchen next time.

TRC: Were your expectations of the camp fulfilled?

RR: Our expectations to include our swimmer Marco were fulfilled.  He was allowed to see a new aspect of training, one of which is not readily available to other people.  He was able to see the quality of training, instruction and swimmers that he was surrounded with.  The training, guidance and friendship displayed by Coach Gary and Richard was by far the most rewarding.

TRC: What was your favorite and least favorite part of the camp?

RR: Can’t say we had a least favorable moment.  Marco and ourselves knew what it would entail and expected exactly what we received.  Our favorite was the professionalism but yet home atmosphere you all have during the camp.  The other parents and you all treated us like we were one of you, like if we had been part of your team for years.

TRC: Did you take advantage of private sessions or video analysis during your swim camp?

RR: The private instruction was great.  Richard did an outstanding job with Marco.  He was patient and provided good guidance for him.  The video analysis was great.  Marco came back home and has made it a habit to view it before a swim meet to assure that he does it the TRC way.

-Marco Rivera, 15

Valerie Hensal

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Dear Mr. Hall,

I’m writing this email because my daughter, Paige, came home from middle school yesterday with an essay published in the school literary magazine.  Apparently she had written it in the beginning of the year and had never shown it to me, until yesterday.  The essay was entitled, Never Give Up.  At the age of 5, Paige was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and shortly after her diagnosis, had the opportunity to meet your son, Gary Jr., at the St. Barnabas Ambulatory Health Center where your son gave a speech on diabetes.  Paige also had the opportunity to meet Gary one on one.  He talked to her about sports and he let her wear his medals, which she described as “heavy as elephants”.  The following is the last paragraph of her essay:

“Gary Hall has changed my life.  I will always think of him when I get frustrated about something related to my diabetes.  He inspired me that even though I am diabetic, I can do most things other kids can do.  I won’t let my diabetes stop me from what I love to do.”

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank your son for inspiring my daughter to do what she loves and I am proud to say she is a Bronze Level USAIGC competitive gymnast who will be attending her first USAIGC Nationals in Florida.

With the most sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart,

Valerie Hensal

Alexa and Lily Turco

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The Race Club: What did you think of Coach Gary Hall Sr.?

Suzanne Turco: Gary is a caring and wonderful man.  When he explained something he always showed the girls why his way was the right way rather than just telling them to do something.   They understood and it was easy for them to make the correction.

TRC: What did you think of the Swim Sessions?

ST: All the sessions were awesome.  Alexa is feeling very confident with her starts which is something in the past she has struggled with.  Richard worked with Alexa during her privates and by the end of the hour she was able to feel good about it.  She has continued to do it at home at her meets since we have been back.  Gary and Richard used different training techniques to make the sets interesting during all the swim sessions.

TRC: What did you think of Islamorada?

ST: We loved the area there was so much to do.  Unfortunately, we did not get to do everything we wanted so when we return we can pick up where we left off.

TRC: Were your expectations of the camp fulfilled?

ST: Yes all of our expectations were fulfilled.  We especially enjoyed spending time with the other families who were participating in the camp.  We are hoping to meet up in June of 2015.

TRC: Did you get everything you wanted out of the swim sessions?:

ST: Yes, the girls got everything they wanted out of the sessions. We were there for 8 sessions and all the disciplines were covered and each day Gary would do a recap of the day before to make sure the kids did not forget.

TRC: Did you take advantage of any private sessions?

ST: Yes, Alexa did two private sessions with Richard and they were awesome.  She learned so much in two hours.

Alexa, 13 Lily, 9

Sophia Herring

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Sophia HerringDear Amy,

We really had the best time at the Race Club. You and your lovely parents could not have provided a more stimulating, fun, informative, and happy atmosphere. I felt like I attended Swim-University, and Sophia learned more in those three days of swimming than she has in a long time! Gary Hall Sr. is an amazing instructor who not only shares his expertise so insightfully with anyone who wants to learn, but also has the ability to inspire, instill confidence and show the beauty of it all.  The gorgeous surroundings made it feel like a mini-vacation on top of it. On Monday morning, bracing myself for our long trip home, I took a last walk on the beach and saw two little dolphins frolicking in the water. What a nice way to say good-bye to Islamorada! We will undoubtedly never forget this trip.

Best wishes to all of you,

Anne Herring (mom)

Sophia Herring, 17