I am just asking if just say I am already 17yrs old and I am doing a 27.5 for 50m freestyle long course. Is it possible for me to do a 25 sec next year. Just let me know if I’m raising false hopes. Regards, Brandon _____ Hi Brandon, The easy answer is yes. A drop […]
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How to Improve Reaction Time on a Dive Start
QUESTION: Hi Gary, What is the best way to improve my daughters reaction time off the blocks, she is 10yrs old and seems to be overly cautious when doing her starts Regards Diane ANSWER: Hi Diane, There are a number of different ways that children can improve their starts. The first way is […]
Protein Powder for 12 year old Swimmer
QUESTION: Hi Gary, I am so glad that you provide valuable info for parents to support young swimmers. I have ordered your Nutrition ebook and Swimming for Parents, which is on the way to Toronto, Canada. I was recommended to give protein powder every day to my son, 12 years old swimmer. I am not sure […]
Suggested Swimming Training for an 8 year old
QUESTION: Hi, we have an 8 year old daughter who has been swimming competitively for a few years and is very keen on training more. Our problem is that we no longer live in Australia and have moved to Bali. We would like some advice on giving her the best training program for her age. […]
Too Much Swim Training for a 12 year old Girl?
QUESTION: Hello, Our daughter is 12 1/2 years and currently trains with her swim team 16 hours a week; approximately 4 hours of that is land training. She enjoys swimming and to-date has not complained about the 4:40am wake-up, or late night swims. Her school grades are good. She has had no injuries. We fully support the […]
How Many Hours Should I Train?
QUESTION: I’m 12 years old and I want to become an Olympian swimmer. How many hours should I be training a week and what should i be eating?? Thank you Nat:) ANSWER: Hi Nat, Thanks for your email. To become an Olympian is a great goal to strive for. As far as training is concerned most strong […]
How to fix arm going across body in Freestyle?
QUESTION: My 7 year old son is a keen swimmer and trains 3 times a week (7 – 9 km per week). He has a problem on his crawl whereby when breathing his arm on the opposite side crosses under his body. Can you tell me the best way the fix this ? Looking forward […]
Flip Turn in Breaststroke and Butterfly
QUESTION: Dear Gary, Could you please tell me why the flip-turn is not used in the breaststroke and butterfly? It seems strange to me, because the flip-turn seems more fluid and more fun to watch. Thanks… Wayne ANSWER: Hi Wayne, What a great question. I agree with your suggestion and have no doubt that sometime […]
Advice to Swim 800m under 14 minutes
QUESTION: Hi Gary, I’m currently training to do pro ocean lifeguarding for this upcoming season. I need to do my 800m pool swim in under 14mins. I’m a good swimmer and I currently swim this sort of time but I wish to improve. Can u give me any advise on how I should be training each week? […]
How to do your first 400m IM
QUESTION: Gary, Fantastic site, thanks for all your tips. Both my 10yr old boy and 5yr old girl practice fly using your stages technique. I have a question. My 10yr old boy wants to enter a 400IM at his County Championships in March 2014. He can swim a 200IM in 3:25 and 100IM in 1:28. […]