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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 […]

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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 […]

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Freestyle Technique – High Elbow Position

Gary Barclay explains the importance of a high elbow position in both the arm recovery and under water pull when swimming freestyle. For more swimming freestyle tips go to www.SwimFreestyleFast.com. Hi, I’m Gary Barclay. We’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in freestyle, and that is where a swimmer drops […]

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How to Pace 200m and 400m Events?

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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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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