Swimspire’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Swimspire’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

By Julia Galan

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We’ve had a great year here at Swimspire! From running stroke technique clinics, to covering international and national swimming competitions, to providing you with inspirational and informative swimming-related articles, we have enjoyed the opportunity to promote our sport in as many unique ways as we can.

We want to thank each and every one of you for supporting Swimspire, helping us grow, and providing us with new ideas and inspiration! We’re excited to see what 2018 will bring, but in the meantime we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 articles from 2017 for your enjoyment.  Happy New Year!

10 Misconceptions about Swimming

10 Misconceptions about Swimming

1. 10 Misconceptions about Swimming

Swimming is often touted as the ideal sport. But just getting in the pool and swimming is not necessarily the key to unlocking all of its potential benefits. We offer ten misconceptions that many people have about swimming – along with some clarifications that will help you make the most of this great activity.

 

 

 

Kurt Dickson, English Channel swimmer

Kurt Dickson, English Channel swimmer

2. Swimspire Stories: Kurt Dickson, English Channel Swimmer

Kurt Dickson is a United States Masters swimmer hailing from Glendale, Arizona who recently took on – and conquered – one of the most challenging open water swims in the world: the English Channel. Outside of the water, Kurt is an emergency medicine  physician in Arizona. However, despite a demanding career, Kurt has a stellar athletic background and achievements that have bolstered his attempt to take on the Channel swim. He explains why he decided to swim the English Channel and how he trained for this grueling race

 

Swimming: weight loss activity?

Swimming: weight loss activity?

3. Swimming: A weight-loss activity or an exercise in futility?

So you’ve decided you want to lose some weight. The first things you focus on are physical activity and eating (specifically, doing more of the former and less of the latter). But a common complaint among swimmers is that the more they swim, the hungrier they are, and the more they eat – and losing weight becomes even harder than swimming in that old 20 yard, flag-less community pool kept at 87° F. Rest assured, swimming CAN be a part of weight loss. Dietician Lauren Trocchio of Nutrition Unlocked offers some tips on how to make it work for you.

Rebecca Richards (center) is head coach at Yeovil District Swimming Club

Rebecca Richards (center) is head coach at Yeovil District Swimming Club

4. Shaping the Box with Coach Rebecca Richards: Yeovil District Swimming Club

Rebecca Richards is head coach at Yeovil District Swimming Club (YDSC), a small competitive swim club, based in the South West of England with 120 members ranging from 7 years old to 19. With a projection of being at 150 members by this time next year, Rebecca has risen to the challenge of coaching a smaller team to great success. Here, Rebecca shares with us an introduction to her background, her coaching philosophy, and her experience working with a small club.

 

The SwimSwam team

The SwimSwam team

5. The Man Behind SwimSwam: An Interview with Mel Stewart

Mel Stewart is well-known for his many accomplishments in the pool. From his double-gold and bronze medal performances at the 1992 Olympics to his multiple world and national records, “Gold Medal Mel” is truly an idol in the swimming community. And yet, Mel is not just a swimmer. He’s also an accomplished entrepreneur, the owner of Gold Medal Media, LLC and the face of SwimSwam, a wildly popular swimming news site that features all of the latest headlines in the swimming world, as well as interviews with prominent swimmers, swimming tips and tricks, swim-related jobs and a variety of sponsored posts.

The Plymouth Leander National Qualifier is part of the Mayflower 400 Project

The Plymouth Leander National Qualifier is part of the Mayflower 400 Project

6. Looking Towards the Future Through the Past: The 2017 Plymouth Leander Harwich Cup National Qualifier

The Plymouth Leander Swimming club, one of South West England’s largest and most impactful clubs, participated in the Mayflower 400 Project, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to the New World. Kicking off Plymouth Leander’s participation in the Mayflower 400 project was the 2017 National Qualifier, named the “Harwich Cup” in honor of the Essex town in which the Mayflower ship was built. With over 920 swimmers and 50 clubs from across the United Kingdom in attendance, the competition was a special event indeed

Elaine Krugman

Elaine Krugman

7. Staying Self-Motivated As A Solo Swimmer

Whether you swim with a team or solo, all of us swimmers have had our issues staying motivated at one time or another. Being a solo swimmer can make it even more difficult if there isn’t anyone around to encourage you. Self-motivation is the key to happiness and success when going it alone as a swimmer. U.S. Masters Swimmer Elaine Krugman offers some great tips on how to stay fired up to keep on swimmin’!

 

Kelly and her husband, Mark

Kelly and her husband, Mark

8. Swimspire Stories: Kelly Parker Palace, Conquering Breast Cancer through Swimming

In our sixth edition of Swimspire Stories, we were honored to present Masters national record holder Kelly Parker Palace! Kelly has been competing since she was 5 years old, swimming through USA Swimming, NCAA Division 1 and now Masters. Kelly attributes her swimming success to helping her overcome obstacles in life, such as Red Skin Syndrome, and – most recently – breast cancer. She hopes to raise awareness and support for both diseases and provide inspiration to other swimmers through her own enjoyment of the sport.

9. Swimming Training: Philosophy and Practice with Dr. Allen Stark

U.S. Masters swimmer Allen Stark, M.D., introduces his take on swimming training. Every swimmer has a training philosophy geared towards his or her individual needs, and we love to hear from a variety of different perspectives. We believe swimmers should first get a coach to analyze their stroke technique prior to designing workouts. This will allow you to determine what type of workouts are right for you.

 

 

Getting your stroke analyzed is a great way to determine areas that need improvement.

Getting your stroke analyzed is a great way to determine areas that need improvement.

10. Why You Should Get Your Stroke Technique Analyzed

It has been said time and time again: swimming is a technique-based sport. The sheer density of the water we have to swim through – 800 times denser than air, to be precise – means that learning to swim efficiently should be an aspiring athlete’s first priority. However, many swimmers suffer from a lack of understanding regarding proper stroke mechanics, preferring yardage to technique work. Added to the fact that cannot see themselves in the water and have never received instruction as to which elements of their stroke technique need work, these athletes’ progress will stagnate or even decline, leading to a vicious cycle of frustration and further efforts to mitigate the situation with more emphasis on yardage and intensity. Getting your stroke analyzed will help you avoid these common frustrations and accelerate your progress in the sport of swimming.

We’re excited to work with you in 2018! Start your New Year off right with a stroke analysis, one of our clinics, a private lesson or structured workouts! Find out more by checking out our Services here. 

 

 

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