QUESTION: Hi Gary, I was just wondering how it is best to pace 400m freestyle and also the 200m’s free, back. breast. I am asking because I am a sprint swimmer I often find myself struggling with these distances which I think is probably due to my pacing. Thank You, James ANSWER: Hi James, The most […]
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Why use Fins or Flippers when Swimming?
QUESTION: Hi Gary Can you please explain the reason why you use flippers when training? And is it better with flippers or with out? Anne ANSWER: Hi Anne, There are many reasons why flippers are used in swimming. These can be summarised as follows: Using flippers will improve a swimmers body position and their technique. When […]
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 […]
How Many Sessions?
My son is 12 years old. He plays cricket, football, waterpolo, and some running. He also just competed in the Nationals for swimming. He is now being asked to step up to a minimum of 5 sessions (4 x 2 hours, 1 land training) and really do 6-7 sessions for swimming. We recognise that to […]
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 […]
Wearing a Nose Clip in Swimming
QUESTION: Hi Gary, If I swim with a nose clip, does that mean I can’t do the freestyle flip? During allergy season, breathing through my nose in the pool exacerbates symptoms. I am also trying to learn the flip. So I’m hoping I can flip while exhaling through the mouth … but I’m not sure. […]
Puberty and Menses for Female Swimmers
QUESTION: My daughter is 11 years old and she started to experience her first menses in February this year and coincidentally it happens on her 200 Free trial and she clocked 2:53. Then one month later at an important national age group meet, menses happened just prior again and clocked 3:02. Can menses, which unfortunately […]
Does a swimmers height affect how fast you can swim?
QUESTION: Dear Gary, I was wondering how much your height could affect your speed in swimming. Starting my first year of high school at 5 foot 2 inches means that I am very short for my age. Recently I have been attending more meets and have found that almost all of the top swimmers are […]
Why is technique important in swimming?
QUESTION: Hello, I have a lot of stamina and my swimming coach tells me that I swim very fast but she tells me I have to improve techniques… in a race not speed is important?? why should I bother with techniques Jean Claude ANSWER: Hi Jean Claude, It sounds like your swimming coach is a […]
Nine year old swimmer not improving
QUESTION: Dear Sir/Madam I have a 9 year old son who swims for a club and participates in galas regularly. The issue is he seems to always underperform at his galas. Kids in his age group and smaller constantly achieve better times than he does. He is at training 3 to 4 times a week […]