QUESTION: Hi Gary, My son is 11 years and has been stuck for nearly a year on 33 seconds in 50 m freestyle. He is desperate to get quicker, his stroke looks good & he tries really hard but it’s just not happening. He is currently in the relay team but is worrying he will loose […]
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A Second Swim Session will Help Alot
QUESTION: Hi the Swim Expert, I have a unique swim training question. I want to help out this next year with the swim team, unfortunately this school doesn’t have a pool. The nearest pool is an hour and a half away? Then off course there are finances and scheduling issues, so in past years they […]
Son is getting slower, what to do?
QUESTION: Hi Gary My son is nearly 12 and has been competitive swimming since he was 7 he swims 4-5 sessions a week, mine and his concern is that he’s getting slower, his last couple of swim meets he swam slower than when he was 9 and as you can imagine it’s very disheartening for […]
Swimming for Parents Overview
Watch and listen to Gary Barclay, author of ‘Swimming for Parents’ talk about the different ideas discussed in the second edition of his book. Hi, I’m Gary Barclay, and I’m here to help you as a swimming parent to support your child to be the best swimmer that they can be. Over the years, I […]
How often should I swim to make a comeback at 16 years?
QUESTION: Hi, I’m a 16 year old swimmer and I’ve been off swimming for around 6 months due to illness and injury. And I was wondering as I want to get back on track and achieve better times how often would I have to train for and how long? Because I also want to achieve […]
How to improve Backstroke time over 200m
QUESTION Hi Gary, My son is of 18yrs. His main stroke is backstroke.His 200m timing is 2m 27s,Since from last year he is unable to improve his time. His target is 2m 20s.What should be done? Please advice. Thanks Aditi ANSWER Hi Aditi, Backstroke swimmers need to do lots of backstroke. Too often, swimming programs […]
Are 6 two hour sessions too much for a 9 year old swimmer?
QUESTION: Hello my dear, I have a son. My son is 9 years. He is good swimmer. I have a question of you. Due to his age, my son several times a week to swim practice. His coach says: 6 sessions of 2 hours a week to practice. It is not too much for him […]
How to Improve my Breaststroke and Freestyle Times?
QUESTION: Hi Gary Sir, I am 18. My best time in 50m free is 27. I need some tips so that i can clock atleat 25 or below,and I clock 37 in 50m breaststroke. Please give me some tips to improve my breaststroke and clock 33 or below. Please help me sir. Regards Jagpreet ANSWER: […]
What is a suitable diet for an 11 year old swimmer?
QUESTION: Hi I was wondering what a suitable diet would be for a 11 year swimmer. I swim 6 times a week morning and evenings so if u could give me some tips that would be great Thanks Trevin ANSWER: Hi Trevin, The first thing to do is to ensure that you and your family […]
Can a Swimmer Learn how to ‘Feel the Water’?
I was talking with 12 year old boy swimmer about 4 weeks ago and he was explaining to me how he had been getting really frustrated. He felt that he trained harder than some of their team mates however they always seemed to swim faster. I asked him to send me a video of himself swimming each stroke for me […]