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Pacing a 100m Freestyle

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My name is Sineth, working as a swimming coach in Sri Lanka. I have, age 13 – 15 years old girls and boys In my squad. Their holding 1:03.00 to 1:07.00 they (PB)100m freestyle times long cause meters.. My goal is to swim under 58:00 to 1:00.00 for them. I was planning […]

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ADHD and Swimming Improvement

Hi, This year my son’s swimming  performance  was not good at all.  He is training 6 days (2 -3 hrs swimming) plus 30 min land training a week since October last year but he is still making the same mistakes. He was advised  by his trainer  to avoid competing and instead  to do more training […]

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Lactic Acid in Swimming

Hi Gary, I am a swimmer based in Europe…and I would like to know what can I do to increase my pain tolerance? Because I tend to slow down(.especially in the last 15 meters of the race) if I am feeling pain in my arms, trying to get back into my ” comfort zone” and […]

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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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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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How to start back swimming again

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I quit swimming when I was around 10 with a freestyle 50m time of about 42 seconds. I feel like restarting now but everyone in so much faster. Is there a way I could sort of ‘train’ in my small pool at home so I won’t be left in the dirt when […]

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How to improve my swimming?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I was lucky enough to spend most of my childhood on a property with a large natural lake, spending 3-4 hours most summer days in the water. I never took any swimming lessons, and thought of myself as an accomplished swimmer because I was so comfortable in the water. When I went […]

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