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Main Set of the Month: June 2019
Main Set of the Month: June 2019
06/04/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle
This Main Set of the Month is brought to you by Troy Marcikic our new coach based out of Coronado! Troy grew up a soccer player and he switched to…
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The Summer Olympic Games of 1976 - Part 2
The Summer Olympic Games of 1976 - Part 2
06/04/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle Starts Turns
The 1976 Summer Olympic Games of Montreal Part II: Olympic Swimming Training Camp To train the men’s swimmers for the 1976 Olympic Games of Montreal, the Team USA coaches wanted…
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The Summer Olympic Games of 1976 - Part 1
The Summer Olympic Games of 1976 - Part 1
05/28/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle Starts Turns
The 1976 Summer Olympic Games of Montreal  Part I: The Assembly of the Olympic Team The 1976 Olympic Games of Montreal, Canada, produced two of the most fascinating stories in…
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The Most Transformative Swim Drill
The Most Transformative Swim Drill
05/15/2019 | Freestyle
This week, in Lanes 2-4, we feature my favorite drill, the six kick, one stroke drill using fins and a low-octane or bent-arm recovery. We use this drill in every…
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Mental Toughness: The Mike Burton Story
Mental Toughness: The Mike Burton Story
05/09/2019 |
At The Race Club we try to help swimmers become mentally tougher. Mental toughness is necessary to become a swimming champion, as it is in any sport. Some are born…
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Main Set of the Month: May 2019
Main Set of the Month: May 2019
05/07/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle
I want to thank Olympian Jeremy Linn for helping me with this set. For those of you that don’t remember Jeremy, he held NCAA D1 records in the 100 and…
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Vertical Arm Recovery in Butterfly
Vertical Arm Recovery in Butterfly
04/30/2019 | Butterfly
Recently, I wrote an article on the benefits of a more vertical arm recovery in butterfly, pointing to the techniques used by Rikako Ikee of Japan and Laszlo Cseh of…
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Goosebumps Moments in Sports
Goosebumps Moments in Sports
04/23/2019 |
As swimmers, parents or coaches, we all have our goosebumps moments in sports; moments when we are overtaken with pride and elation over having accomplished something or having witnessed something…
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Main Set of the Month: April 2019
Main Set of the Month: April 2019
04/10/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Butterfly Freestyle
This is a set that I borrowed from Mike Bottom, Head Coach of the University of Michigan and former Head Coach of The Race Club.  The goal of this anaerobic…
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What Octane Rating do you have on your Freestyle Recovery?
What Octane Rating do you have on your Freestyle Recovery?
04/09/2019 | Freestyle
At The Race Club we use the analogy of Octane ratings in gasoline to describe the different arm recovery motions in freestyle. Octane is a low molecular weight hydrocarbon that…
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What is your Baseline Freestyle Speed?
What is your Baseline Freestyle Speed?
04/02/2019 | Freestyle
At The Race Club, we look at the freestyle kicking speed as the baseline speed for your freestyle. In other words, your all-out kicking speed for 50 yards is your…
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Understanding the 4 Basic Sciences of Fast Swimming
Understanding the 4 Basic Sciences of Fast Swimming
03/21/2019 |
Introduction Swimming fast is primarily the result of the effective application of four broad basic sciences, Physics, Physiology, Kinesiology and (lumped together) Neural, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. All four of…
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