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4 Reasons Endurance Swimmers Should Strength Train.

I spent the past weekend on the shores of Castaic Lake at the US Open Water National Championships.  This was an entertaining, exciting, and well run event by Canyons Aquatic Club and USA Swimming.  Congratulations to all of the competitors … Continue reading

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Crossfit: My Swimmers. My Thoughts.

With the recent circulation of anti-Crossfit articles and the rise in discussion particularly pertaining to swimming,  I thought I would offer my perspective on the matter. I’m attempting to offer a clear distinction that the following considerations arose from the … Continue reading

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Olympic Swimmer, Alex Meyer – dryland compilation video

At the conclusion of a recent video interview with Sports Illustrated –  Olympic 0pen water swimmer, Alex Meyer, proclaimed that he is clumsy on land. Either that video was taken a long time ago, or he was just being modest. Take a … Continue reading

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NBC Sports Broadcast – Alex Meyer Sports Illustrated

Premiers Tuesday July 24th 9pm ET

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Sports Illustrated Video, Meet Team USA: Alex Meyer

S.I. Interviews US Olympic Open Water Swimmer, Alex Meyer

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Swimmers: Eight strength training mistakes to avoid.

1. Over training the shoulders. It’s common for elite swimmers who compete year round to easily train in excess of 50,000 yds a week. With that comes an awful lot of overhead repetition. Needless to say, with high aerobic volumes and … Continue reading

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Fist Pump Friday: Going the Extra Mile.

This weeks fist pump goes out to Nacy Blomquist, Joe Jones, and Ray Lewis. Nancy Blomquist, age 60, finished 6th in the Nation for accumulating a total of 516.5 swum miles in 2011. Way to go, Nancy. <related article> I … Continue reading

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The Tao of Tim Vagen

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days stuck to the hip of Coach, Tim Vagen. With nearly 30 years of experience as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he successfully owns and operates, Unlimited Athlete; a gym in the Greater Seattle Area.  Tim … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Planks, Durability, Dryland Foundations

Core Fixes For Your Core:  Matt Siniscalchi:  The abdominal exercise known commonly as the “plank” or the “bridge” is a mainstay in most dryland programs. While this should be a straight forward exercise, its execution is not always up to par.  In … Continue reading

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Fist Pump Friday- Interview with Coach Murphy

This is our inaugural installment of Fist Pump Fridays. Each Friday I’ll attempt to  post a video of content meant to motivate and inspire, or at the least we’ll  be recognizing any Fist Pumping worthy achievements. First Up; We have a an interview with the recently … Continue reading

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Alex Meyer is Olympic bound!

  Alex Meyer finishes 4th at the 2011 FINA World Championships 10K; Earning himself a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Team Roster. Congratulations to Team USA, Alex, and coach Timothy Murphy!!!!! 

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New England Swimmers take on the World!

Florida and California are home to most of this country’s top Open Water Swimmers. Not all, though.  New England native, Eva Fabian and upstate New York native, Alex Meyer, rely on the dungenous pools and brisk ponds of New Hampshire and Massachusetts … Continue reading

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A look at Land Exercise for Swim kicking

Today we are going to examine a few exercises that are associated with improving leg strength.  More specifically, we’re interested in the freestyle/backstroke or flutter kick. When it comes to enhancing the kick in swimming, athletes are typically looking for an increase in propulsion. We understand that not all … Continue reading

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