Swimming

  • A beginner’s guide to freestyle swimming

    7th February 2015

    Move on from breast stroke by practising the basics of freestyle (otherwise known as front crawl) so you’ll be swimming faster by next season, says Elizabeth Hufton. Team Talk: Starting Out This is a handy guide to beginning freestyle swimming,…

  • Master the Superman

    2nd January 2015

    Build your core strength and stabilise your body during swim/bike/running. 1. Get in line Start the Superman on all fours. The object of it is to perform the movement without shifting your weight to one side or the other so once…

  • Triathlon Training: Fine-tune your kick technique

    1st December 2014

    Choose the kick rate that works best with your experience level and style, says Paul Newsome. This may come as a surprise, but as a triathlete you’re not looking to get much or any propulsion from your leg kick. Elite…

  • How To Exit The Water Fast

    5th August 2014

    Finish your swim and get out of the water fast to blitz T1 on the way to a new triathlon PB Kick Harder In the final few hundred metres of your swim, pick up your kick rate to bring blood…

  • How To Overcome Open-water Swimming Fear

    31st July 2014

    Improve pacing and stay calm in open water with these strategies from Dr Izzy Justice and Dinah Mistilis (Photo credit: Triathlon.org / Spomedis / ITU) The emotional fluctuations you experience during a triathlon swim have a big impact on your…

  • Cope With Cold-Water Swimming

    5th June 2014

    Heighten your resilience to cold water and improve your swimming in triathlon Aside from fear of deep-water monsters, if anything’s likely to put you off open-water swimming, it’s the thought of that initial icy plunge. Many of the body’s responses…

  • Triathlon Fundamentals: Put Your Wetsuit On

    22nd May 2014

    How to put your wetsuit on quickly and so the fit is at its best We walk you through a fundamental triathlon skill. Get it right and you’ll find race day morning much less stressful. Make sure your swim goes…

  • Karen Pickering’s Open Water Swimming Tips

    16th May 2014

    Karen Pickering MBE, four time World Champion swimmer, shares some open-water tips Karen Pickering MBE is one of Britain’s most successful professional swimmers ever. Over the course her 20 year career she has been named World Champion four times, broken…

  • Best Swim Training For Ironman

    12th May 2014

    Nail your Ironman from the start with these killer swimming drills Photo: Bakke-Svensson/Ironman Whether it’s your first or your fifth Ironman, these sessions will help you as you prepare for the biggest physical challenge of your life. Before having a…

  • Swim Training: Teach Yourself To Tumble Turn

    1st May 2014

    Race pool triathlons faster and turbo-charge your training swims by learning how to tumble turn Tumble turns are a good skill to learn for pool racing, but make sure you’ve really nailed the technique before employing it in an event…