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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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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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