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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

3 Swim Drills (for Starters) from SwimBox

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The Corkscrew swimming drill from the Endless Pool at SwimBox in Fairfax Virginia
Faster, more efficient, less injury-prone … these are Coach Dominic Latella's goals for the swimmers at SwimBox, his sports performance center in Fairfax, Virginia. Using SwimBox's Endless Pool®, he's now sharing his knowledge in a video series of 25 swim drills.

With more than 15 years of experience, Coach Latella is the only Level-4 U.S. Masters Swimming coach in Virginia and D.C. (That's the highest certification level available.) At SwimBox, his to-the-point scientific approach helps clients to improve their swimming technique.

“I chose to go with Endless Pools because of the reputation of quality, the speed of the current, and the customer service,” Latella reports. Once his Performance Endless Pool was installed, he discovered some unexpected advantages from the more intimate experience of a compact pool.

“It completely changed my mindset of how to coach and how to teach," he reports. "I can see every little detail and [realized] how little I could see before when people were constantly moving away from me.

"After one lesson, they’re more effective. I usually see a huge leap in ability after three lessons.”

Coach Latella used his Endless Pool to shoot 25 short swim drills, including these three:

Windmill Drill
This Windmill Drill helps freestyle swimmers to focus on body rotation and core engagement.



The complete playlist features three progressions of this drill to help develop your balance in the water.

Corkscrew Drill
Though demonstrated in the Endless Pool, these drills have applications in traditional pools and in open water. This maneuver, for instance, helps develop skills needed to pass another swimmer or to skirt around a water buoy in a race.



The complete playlist includes another freestyle/backstroke combination that's designed to advance your coordination and stability.

Zipper Drill
In addition to this classic drill, the complete playlist includes two variations called Fingertip Drag Drills. All versions are designed to promote a strong recovery phase in your freestyle stroke.



Our thanks to Lissa and Dominic Latella of SwimBox for these incredibly helpful videos. You can visit the SwimBox website for more information or to book an appointment at their Fairfax, Virginia, location.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Two swimmers at the 2017 British Swimming Championships
Watch video interviews with 30 swimmers, from Katie Ledecky to Nathan Adrian, from last week's arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa (Swimming World) But after this third event in the series, who leads in points? (Swim Swam)

Olympic medalists and parents, Matt Grevers and Dana Vollmer discuss why they won't give up competitive swimming. (AZ Republic)

Life hasn't been the same for swimmer Mallory Comerford since she tied Katie Ledecky in the 200-yard freestyle last month. (ESPN)

Why should the Olympics add mixed relay swimming? This writer has six reasons. (For the Win)

The Longest Swim, across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to San Francisco, now has its own Kickstarter page. Meet Ben Lecomte, the swimmer who's attempting it. (Red Bull)

Sixteen-year-old Rikako Ikee became the first woman to win five titles at Japan's national swimming championships. (Japan Times)

As a teen, she stopped swimming due to body image worries. More than a decade later, she's fallen back in love with swimming and with her body! (BuzzFeed)

Get inspired by this 82-year-old asthmatic swimmer who's headed to the World Master Games. (Times of India)

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian prepares for the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa
Watch the live stream from the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, which kicks into gear today. (USA Swimming) Katie Ledecky and Conor Dwyer will be among the most-watched swimmers. (FloSwimming)

Tokyo 2020 could include 10 new swimming events, including mixed men/women relays! (Washington Post) The reaction from swimming coaches has been mixed. (Swimming World)

At the Australian Swimming Championships, Mack Horton won a trifecta of freestyle distance events while teen sensation Ariarne Titmus may give Katie Ladecky a run for her money at the World Championships in Budapest. (Courier Mail)

In Geneva, Switzerland, women can now legally swim topless. (Independent)

Marathon swimmer Kim Chambers headlines a California-to-Tijuana swim team raising funds for families who have suffered fatalities at the US-Mexican border. (Daily Times)

Which Caribbean swimmers are likely to dominate at this week's CARIFTA Swimming Championships? (FloSwimming)

An 11-year-old aspiring Olympic swimmer may soon have a private training pool, if plans are approved for the estate owned by his dad, pop singer Rod Stewart. (Mirror)

Check out some vintage swimming-hole photos in this nostalgic article on one of Richmond, Virginia's long-gone quarries. (WTVR)

How do you live to see 105? According to this Brooklyn woman, swimming adds years! (NY Daily News)

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hugh & Buffet Work & Play in their Endless Pool

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Hugh the manatee swimming against the Endless Pools Fastlane at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Meet Hugh and Buffet. These half-brothers love to play and eat lettuce (up to five dozen heads a day!). They also assist the research team at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in exploring how manatees perceive their natural environment. Along the way, the manatees also swim against their very own Endless Pools® swim current.

While manatee populations are on the upswing, much work remains to keep them alive and thriving. And Hugh and Buffet are a big part of that effort.

"We're studying everything from their eyesight, to their hearing, to the tiny hairs, called vibrissae, that cover their bodies," the team at Mote states. "Understanding how manatees navigate their world is allowing resource managers to better understand them and protect this endangered species in the wild."

To stay active and healthy in a contained environment, Hugh and Buffet rely on their Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane delivers the smooth, adjustable Endless Pools swim current to their custom-designed home pool, allowing them to swim in place.



The Endless Pools current earns praise from triathletes and open water swimmers for its recreation of real currents; as you can see in the video above, the manatees also seem to have adapted quite well to the simulation. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer trains to swim in competition while pregnant
Olympic medalists headline the swimming action at the in-progress Canadian Swimming Trials (CBC Sports) and at next week's arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa (Swim Swam). At the latter, Dana Vollmer will compete … even though she's six months pregnant! (NBC Sports)

Why is James "the Missile" Magnussen skipping the chance to become a three-time world swimming champion to compete in the Commonwealth Games? (Reuters)

A champion sprinter in college, a mother reflects on returning to swimming at age 50. (New York Times)

Coach John Wood recommends mixing up the pace to improve your swim performance. (220 Triathlon)

The suspension is over: Ryan Lochte will return at the U.S. Masters Nationals later this month. (Swimming World)


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Complete 25-Video Instruction Series

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SwimSmooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
They're live! Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome created 25 stroke-training videos, all featuring the Endless Pools Fastlane® in his backyard pool. The entire series is now available free of charge on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Which is the best head position for an efficient freestyle swimming stroke? In episode 8, Coach Newsome has your answer. In this 25-video master class, you'll find exemplary demonstrations of swim drills ranging from the classic Sculling Drill (ep. 16) to the challenging Parachute Drill (ep. 19).

In episode 20, Newsome offers his surprising alternative to the conventional wisdom with his Finger Trail and Open-Elbow Recovery Drills. They're ideally suited for triathletes and other open water swimmers.

The videos benefit from the fully adjustable swim current of the Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane mounts to the deck or wall of almost any traditional pool. With Endless Pools' in-place swimming capability, you can monitor your own stroke, either in real time using our underwater mirrors or with video for review after.



 
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