What are the GREAT ones doing - The Psych Sheet

WHAT ARE THE GREAT ONES DOING? A Brackin Elite Swim Training blog from the 2015 Swimming World Championships meant to inspire and teach athletes and coaches from the experiences of the great ones! THE PSYCH SHEET As the date of competition gets closer I hear so many athletes, and especially parents, talk of their eagerness to see the Psych Sheet! Where will you be ranked in your event, who is swimming against you, how many spots does my child need to move up to make consols, final or win? The psych sheet can be, for some, a great motivator but for many can become a psych OUT! It's important ...   read full post »

posted on 7/30/2015

   

What are the GREAT ones doing - COMPETING...NO MATTER HOW YOUNG

WHAT ARE THE GREAT ONES DOING? A Brackin Elite Swim Training blog from the 2015 Swimming World Championships meant to inspire and teach athletes and coaches from the experiences of the great ones! COMPETING – NO MATTER HOW YOUNG Today I met Alzain Salem, whom I’m guessing is the yo...   read full post »

posted on 7/29/2015

   

What are the GREAT ones doing - TRAVEL

A Brackin Elite Swim Training blog from the 2015 Swimming World Championships meant to inspire and teach athletes and coaches from the experiences of the great ones! As athletes prepare to travel to their championship meet, emotions can skyrocket from high to low as travel often signals…&rdqu...   read full post »

posted on 7/27/2015

   

Breaststroke Kick: Improving Your Catch

In breaststroke your feet are equally, if not more, important as your hands – they need to CATCH and HOLD water. Try this new drill to help influence the flexibility at the corners of your kick....   view video »

posted on 6/18/2014

   

Video highlighting the critical transfer of energy during pull in freestyle...

I’ve been focusing with my more advanced athletes, that can consistently set up a functional anchor (or catch), on connecting it to both their core rotation and their opposite arm, thus allowing for an efficient transfer of energy. Ya’ll…..it’s hard! So many swimmers want ...   view video »

posted on 11/10/2013

   

Coaching the self-sufficient athlete

According to a study conducted by Tim Elmore, founder of GrowingLeaders.com, when asked, "What elements they appreciated most when learning something new in an academic or nonacademic environment?" students' top four responses were: Story vs. Didactic
Conversation vs. Monologue
Visual vs. ...   read full post »

posted on 9/17/2013

   

So you're heading to college...

One of my favorite times of the year, while coaching college, was welcoming the new freshmen to campus. I had enjoyed getting to know all those young, talented and wide-eyed swimmers as recruits, and now I got the opportunity to coach them daily. As most coaches do, I held a team meeting immediately...   read full post »

posted on 8/26/2013

   

Missy

I sent this letter to my youngest BEST clients but really…EVERYONE should read it, the attitude can be applied to any setting! Make sure you watch the video once you're done reading! I wanted to share this video with all of you because you are aspiring young athletes. Missy Franklin has a g...   read full post »

posted on 1/9/2013

   

Efficient Kicking

In my October 29th post I reflected on "What I am learning coaching my triathletes". They continue to push themselves both physically and mentally as they aspire to reinvent their stroke. Most triathletes love those wet suit legal races so they can float their legs a bit. For many, the kick doesn'...   read full post »

posted on 12/27/2012

   

Progress

Merriam-Webster defines progress as the following: "a forward or onward movement (as to an object or to a goal)" or "a gradual betterment" The joy of progress, learning, skill acquisition, awareness… these are things I am fortunate to be a part of as a coach. When you are coaching for a cham...   read full post »

posted on 12/17/2012

   

Are you CONNECTED?

I've been so fortunate to have a steady flow of new business. Athletes young and old recognize the value of not just churning through the water but understanding how to get from one point to another the most efficiently. I have a fairly wide spectrum of talented athletes coming in and all are fair...   read full post »

posted on 11/13/2012

   

What I am learning from my Triathletes - The Catch

The Catch: Pat Evoe holding water! They have heart, desire, great work ethic…CRAZY WORK ETHIC, and generally don't come from a swimming background. They are sponges and are learning quickly and I love coaching them. But, there are also some common problems that I see regarding their swimmin...   read full post »

posted on 10/29/2012

   

Tips for Triathletes

Becoming a better swimmer means becoming more comfortable in the water... It is hard to be really good at something if you don't like it, or worse, you dread it! The swim portion of a triathlon is often times what keeps people from even trying one. I would suspect for the majority of triathletes i...   read full post »

posted on 9/26/2012

   

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