Dry Land Training with Erik Risolvato and Joshua Romany


Take a look into the Race Club’s swim camps where two promising young swimmers Erik Risolvato and Joshua Romany demonstrate many Race Club dryland exercises. Erik went a 22.7 in the 50 meter free to win Junior Nationals. Joshua is only 16 and breaking records in Trinidad and Tobago. See how Erik and Josh demonstrate their dry land training with Coach Gary Hall Sr. These dryland exercises performed are swim specific but also specific for swimmers of their level and age. At The Race Club, we customize strength training and all the disciplines of fast swimming to each unique swimmer. Check out this dryland training program as an example of some of what we advocate at The Race Club.

The Race Club Swim Camps

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Check out this video by Amy Hall featuring our swim camps 2012 at the Race Club. This year we had quite a talented range of swimmers at our Christmas training camp. We work on starts, turns and swimming techniques that make a big difference.

Coming to the Race Club benefits swimmers in a great way. Come for a few days and take a lot of information and knowledge with you to last through your season. Coaches send their swimmers to The Race Club swim camps to improve their technique and get individualized attention and evaluation of their talent. We love to have swimmers benefit greatly from just a few days with us!


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Interview: George Bovell

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Gary Hall Sr. sits down with George Bovell III to discuss a variety of topics such as the Olympic Games in London and a funny story from the speed suit era. George is the 4th fastest 50 freestyler in history at 21.2 seconds. He is an avid Freediver, something that we have a great affinity to here in the Keys. George grew up spearfishing in Trinidad and Tobago and talks about how that sport benefits his swimming.  George Bovell also touches on overcoming adversity and injury by explaining how he recovered from a dump truck crashing into his car head on. George has competed in 4 Olympic Games and is a bronze medalist for Trinidad and Tobago. He continues to compete to this day. You can find him winning medals in the World Cup circuit as he trains for Rio 2016.

George Bovell Freediving

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Olympic Swimmer George Bovell shares some tips on how to become a better freediver. See how breathing techniques in freediving can be advantageous to swim training. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, George has also become a World Class freediver and spearfisherman. Watch George Bovell freediving in the Florida Keys. What we have learned from freediving has been incorporated into part of the Race Club’s swim camps and swimming training program. Spearfishing can be exciting and adventurous, but much caution should be used when breath holding and using a spear gun. Just as in Swimming, technique is so very important. Understand the safety measures one should always take when participating in this dangerous Sport.

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Interview: Mike Bottom

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Gary Hall Sr. caught up with former Race Club Head Coach and current University of Michigan Head Mens Swimming Coach, Mike Bottom at the Orange Bowl Swim Classic in Key Largo. Coach Bottom discusses his busy swimming training program as he faces the Olympic year. MIke Bottom also discusses his winter training swim camp that he leads in Key Largo, Florida, home of The Race Club. Mike makes an interesting prediction on who will make the London Games. Was that prediction correct? Find out by watching this innovative coach explain his theories and understand his demeanor a bit by watching this interview.

Since the Race Club has been in the Keys, the winter training pool time have filled up with University of Michigan and other colleges that see how fun it is to be here over the Holiday! You can still come to train with the Race Club during winter break! See our camp dates by clicking here.

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George Bovell – Swimming Technique Videos


Not many swimming technique videos share the secret tips of Olympians like we do. One of the fastest men on the planet, George Bovell from Trinidad and Tobago shares some of his favorite drills for improving freestyle. The Race Club is proud to present this series Powered by Platinum with George who has been to 4 Olympic games for Trinidad and Tobago. George finaled in the 50 meter freestyle in London. Coming from an Olympic Bronze medalist, hear how it is so important at any level to do a lot of swimming drills during each workout to maintain a feel for the water. It is critical to be swimming with efficiency and in correct technique rather than a lot of ‘garbage yardage’. Sculling and drills help any swimmer establish a hold on the water, and eventually to feel where their hands and arms have the most pressure on the water for propulsion. Learn from a professional that it takes time to get a feel for the water and that it’s always changing depending on our physical bodies and mental state. Swimming drills George does have been developed and practiced over many years.

Orange Bowl Swim Classic

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Highlights from the 2012 Orange Bowl Swim Classic at Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, Florida. There are many teams that train in the Florida Keys over the holidays and they all come together to compete at this meet. Florida International University and University of Michigan were this year’s respective Women’s and Men’s winner.

Interview: Ryan Cochrane and Randy Bennett

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Randy Bennett is the Canadian Head Coach for the 2012 Olympics. Ryan Cochrane looks to be the only challenger to current world record holder in the 1500 meter freestyle Sun Yang of China heading into the London Olympics. Check out this interview that includes footage of Ryan’s amazing technique.

Freestyle Underwater Pull Series: Phase IV

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The final phase of the freestyle underwater pull is the release, when the hand moves from 9 o’clock back to 12 o’clock, precisely where it started this .85-second underwater, almost circular, journey. Since the hand/arm are now moving in the forward direction again, the objective of this phase is to slip the hand and arm out of the water with the least amount of frontal drag possible. How can that be done? Well, watch the video and read the related Aqua Notes to find out! Comment on our videos for any questions you have.

Freestyle Underwater Pull Series: Phase III


The back quadrant propulsive phase of the underwater pull occurs between the 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock (or 9:30sh) position on the clock. The hand takes a different course than following the perimeter of the clock as it does in the other 3 phases. In order to continue in a backward motion the hand and forearm must elevate, taking a short cut in the underwater pull cycle.