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Having Trouble With Breaststroke

QUESTION: Hi Gary Not sure if you can help but I have an 11 year old daughter who is having trouble with breaststroke. She has made State Age Championships for 50,100,200 freestyle, 100 & 200 backstroke and butterfly however has not qualified for any breaststroke events. She swam on the weekend and did a PB […]

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Advice on my Swimming

QUESTION: Hey Gary, This is Shimaa, how is the beginning of the swim season going for you? I just needed some advice on my swimming. I currently swim a 50 free in 34.47 sec -I know that not fast- but I was wondering if it is possible to get my times under 30 sec before […]

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A morning with James Magnussen and Sian Whittaker

This morning I was fortunate enough to interview triple World Championship gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen. The occasion was the annual Swimming Victoria JX Forum for swimmers aged 9 to 13 years.  Sian Whittaker was the second special guest swimmer to be interviewed in front of more than 200 swimmers and their parents.  […]

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50 Freestyle

QUESTION: I am a 16 year old junior in high school, and just finished my third 3 month swim season. I do not swim club year round, only the 3 months of high school since freshman year. My time for 50 freestyle is a 24.91, and I will need to take off about a second to […]

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Should swimmers do weight training?

QUESTION: Hey Gary, It’s me Sam, from Florida of the United States. I have had great success following your videos and website. From last year when I first found your site to today, I have improved my freestyle from barely being able to break 30 seconds in a fifty to a 27 seconds flat! I […]

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How to improve swimming times when stuck in a rut?

QUESTION: Hello Gary, I came across your website when searching for an answer to our big dilema related to our daughter’s swimming. Hopefully you can send me few lines response including ways how she can improve swimming times. We are from New Zealand and our daughter is 16, taller than 180cm and has a good […]

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Swimming Personal Best Times

QUESTION: Hi Gary, Just wanting to know on average what is the normal personal best and by how much can a young swimmer (eg:12 years old and over) achieve in race from his previous race. The question that i want answered is by how much and in what time frame.Is it a gradual decrease or […]

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Swimming with Fins – from what age?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, At what age can swimmers wear fins?  Or can they start wearing them in training sessions (swimming approx. 2-3 times per week) at the age of 8 or 9 years. Many thanks Sarah ANSWER – Swimming with Fins While a swimmer can start wearing fins at any age, most children begin to […]

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