When Paul Met Shinji

Thanks for the great response on last week's blog, we've had so many questions about Paul helping Shinji with his stroke that we thought we'd share a little more of the back-story on that this week:

Shinji and Paul Newsome immediately after the 2015 Rottnest Channel Swim 

These guys first met up in Perth just after Shinji had to unfortunately withdraw from the 2015 Rottnest Channel Swim due to severe cramping and hypothermia.

If we compare Shinji's famous Youtube video swimming single 25m laps in the pool...

With his Rottnest Channel swim performance (where he had to retire three-quarters of the way through the event)...

...it is clear that his stroke style was not optimal for the Rottnest conditions.

Contrary to what many might believe, his long stroke and slow cadence made it impossible to get into any sort of rhythm against the waves and swell. The tough conditions can be really seen in this video of Paul swimming in the early stages of the same race: youtu.be/9QB1zSShrVQ

Combining that with Shinji's pronounced 2-beat whip-like kick from the knee, Paul hypothesized that the whip-kick "kick-start" possibly caused the cramping which in turn caused the hypothermia as he had to keep stopping to deal with the cramp. This combination of events led to Shinji struggling through at about 3:00/100m pace prior to withdrawal.

As a testament to Shinji's "kaizen mindset", 6 months ago Shinji released this video which highlights the issues with over-gliding quite clearly: youtube.com/watch?v=VCxNMB_Lq5c

Paul was racing that same day and finished 12th out of 260 starters. Swimming with a 2-beat kick which was driven much more from the hips, his stroke rate was double that of Shinji's (84 SPM vs. 42 SPM):

This gave Paul an average pace of 1:35/100m over the 20km course. This stroke style allowed for better rhythm and fluidity in these rougher conditions (even if Paul's stroke doesn't look as "pretty" as Shinji's in the pool).

How could Shinji improve his open water stroke? After the race, the two discussed candidly how Shinji could work to adapt and improve his stroke for a second attempt at the Rottnest Swim at a future date.

Paul suggested two alternative ideas:

1. Significantly increase stroke rate and reduce glide time whilst focusing on a more hip-driven 2-beat kick.  This would see Shinji becoming a little more "Swinger-like" in his technique (which Paul argued would suit his height and build nicely) replicating swimmers such as Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist David Davies.

2. Marginally increase stroke rate and reduce glide time but develop a more consistent hip-driven 4-beat or 6-beat flutter kick to smooth out any discrepancies in rhythm at the front of the stroke. This would see Shinji becoming more "Smooth-like", so eradicating over-gliding from his stroke. e.g. Olympic Gold medallist, Ferry Weertman.

Shinji ultimately chose option 2 and you can see him using this significantly different stroke in the 2016 Clean Half open water swimming event in Hong Kong:

Shinji named his new stroke the "Cold Rough Open Water Swim" stroke (or "CROS" for short), and you can see visually how much more effective it is in open water - it now looks much more purposeful with the much improved rhythm and kicking technique. Sadly he's not made it back to Rottnest yet but the two stay in close contact hoping to both conquer the Rottnest Channel on the same day soon.

You'll still find a multitude of other Youtube videos proclaiming an overly-long catch-up style stroke as the most efficient way of swimming in the open water over long distances but we'd challenge these swimmers to improve by observing the clear step forwards Shinji has made in the last few years.

Swim Smooth's ultimate "truth" is to help as many swimmers around the world as possible to improve their swimming and this story is testament to that end. We know that there will be more than a few of you out there who will be inspired by Shinji's brilliant development and be able to learn something from our tips outlined above.

We've been humbled by Shinji's open outlook to his improvements and in turn his subsequent education of his own swimmers on the pitfalls of over-doing over-gliding in the freestyle stroke.

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7 Facts You Might Not Know About Swim Smooth

For those of you who have followed Swim Smooth from the very beginning, thank you for all your support over the years. You would think you would know us pretty well after a 15 year relationship but this week on the blog we wanted to surprise you and share a few things from our history that you may not know.

1. "Steam Boat Willie"

Sometime in the 1980s, swimming at Bridlington swimming club in the UK, a young Paul Newsome was given the nickname 'Steam Boat Willie' by his club coach. This was due to the high cadence and naturally punchy style of his stroke compared to some of the taller swimmers in the clubs with more powerful kicks.

At the time he was not aware of the power of his swinger stroke style for long distance and open water swimming but those very early seeds of "perhaps not everyone should swim the same way" were sown.

Paul Newsome as a young 'Steam Boat Willie'. 

2. Swim Smooth was nearly called Swim Clean or even Swim Fresh!

Swim Clean?! No it wouldn't have been the same would it? The idea was to "clean up your stroke technique" - a notion we gave to the very first Swim Smooth product, the DVD boxset:

3. Swim Smooth might have been born in Australia but our strongest support base has always been the UK

A little strange this one, although Paul Newsome originally set up Swim Smooth in Australia in 2004, we've always had the most interest in what we do from the UK. This culminated in British Triathlon asking us to re-write their coaching curriculum for swimming, an association we are very proud of and allows us to influence thousands of coaches across the UK.

Swim Smooth is based here in Perth... (lucky us)

4. The Model For Mr Smooth

In 2009, when we launched our Mr Smooth animation we modelled him on the classic smooth swim stroke of Australian Olympian Jono Van Hazel. Check out Jono Van Hazel's stroke for yourself and compare it to the stroke you see on our Mr Smooth app.

Here's a rarely seen interview Paul conducted with Jono just after filming:

The mighty Jono Van Hazel - the smoothest swimmer of them all?

5. Swim Types

The initial development of the Swim Types methodology started to take form in 2008. In order to acquire enough evidence and case studies for each type, it wasn't formally released until 2010.

We launched the system on our very first Coach-Ed course in 2010 (of which we've now run 35 editions to over 600 coaches around the world):
The class of 2010 - Aston University, UK

6. Swim Smooth's Mini-Olympics

In 2010, thinking that his Perth squad would enjoy and benefit from being taught to swim all 4 strokes and focus a little more on some sprinting, Head Coach Paul Newsome organised a "mini-Olympics" for his squad of (then) 200 swimmers.

After a 10 week dedicated program focusing on these events, only 7 people showed up for the final competition. A corner was turned - Swim Smooth would focus on what we do best - distance freestyle for pool, triathlon and open water swimming.

7. Swim Smooth vs. Total Immersion

Historically considered key competitors, SS Head Coach Paul Newsome and TI Head Coach Terry Laughlin only ever met each other once - glamorously enough in the men's lavatories at the 220 Triathlon Show in the UK in 2013!

You'll be pleased to know that some pleasantries were exchanged as Paul left the toilets as Terry was heading in. Paul has since helped Japanese TI Coach Shinji Takeuchi improve his rhythm and fluidity for better open water swimming after the two met at the Rottnest Channel Swim in 2015:

So now we've shared a few moments (some more embarrassing than others) at Swim Smooth, we hope you feel you know us a little better and continue to support us for another 15 years and beyond!

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Yes, You're Going To Be Slow... Suck It Up Princess

Getting back to training after a lay-off?

Are you thinking about:

- Using a pull-buoy for a few weeks to make things easier? Or maybe buoyancy shorts?

- Training by yourself for a few weeks before joining your usual group?

- Or training with them, gunning it for 20 minutes until you're blown before jumping out saying you have got a work meeting to get to?

- Making all your sessions private on Strava 'cause you're going to be slow?

Doing any of those things is down to an inflated sense of pride. Your precious ego doesn't want anyone to think you are anything less than brilliant at all times... so you hide.

Here's the thing:
N O B O D Y   C A R E S !

So: Suck it up. Park your ego at the door, walk in the pool building and just do the session as best you can (a slower pace) without any special compensations (e.g. a pull buoy).

And then post it unedited on Strava *without* a witty title like "too much xmas pudding".

Most people won't even notice you're slower than normal. And those who do will just shrug. You can tell them why if you want but it would be even more humble to just stay quiet and get on with it.

Do that and you will improve as quickly as possible, your friends will respect you more and your sense of self will be far less god like.

So go on, do the work and if you are good enough to beat everyone come the big race this summer, you still will.

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Want To Make A BIG Improvement? Set A Long Term Goal

Here's a thought for setting your fitness goals for 2020 (and beyond):

Most people overestimate what they can achieve in 6 months and underestimate what they can achieve in 2-3 years.

When planning our next challenge, most of us set goals that are perhaps 4-9 months away. You might enter an open water event or target a triathlon performance in a big race. That's great because 4-9 months is the sort of period over which you can get very focused and really apply yourself. You can see some nice gains over this time but it's rare to make truly transformative improvements over such a short period.

Train progressively and consistently over a longer period of 2 to 3 years and it's possible to keep improving to levels that are so far beyond where you are now you might not believe it's possible for you to swim that far or that quickly.

And of course not believing something is possible automatically holds you back. After all, why continue focused training beyond 4-9 months if you think that's pretty much as good as you're going to get?

Here's a good example of what's possible where SS Head Coach Paul Newsome coached Pro triathlete Kate Bevilaqua from 62 minutes for an Ironman swim down to 49 minutes (a massive improvement at the elite level):

Note that even a talented athlete like Kate didn't achieve this overnight, in fact even when the improvements started coming, it still took a further 3 years to reach her ultimate potential. (Find out more about this journey in our interview with Kate here: www.feelforthewater.com/2013/08/kate-bevilaqua-interview-going-from-62.html)

Some further thoughts around longer term goals:

- It's hard to stay focused over longer periods so create a timeline of shorter term goals 3-6 months apart along the way. These might be specific events or mini-targets you want to hit in training. The key is that these mini-goals should motivate you so choose targets or events that push you and excite you at the same time.

- We're not saying you should train continuously without any sort of break for 2-3 years. You need to divide periods of more intense training with some low-key training for 3-6 weeks. As a general rule, avoid training intensely for more than 6 months continuously without some sort of respite.

- Consider all aspects of your preparation - nutrition, flexibility, posture, recovery - as well as your basic training. A holistic approach such as this will unlock more gains at different times along the way.

- "Become a swimmer" - change swimming from something you do to something that's central to who you are. Study it, swim it, watch it on TV, observe others and experiment in your preparation. Totally embrace everything swimming and become a student of your sport.

Achieved your goal? OK let's take things to the next level.

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How Will You Improve Your Swimming In 2020?

Our 2019 SS Christmas card by the fantastic Daisy Courtauld
A very Merry Christmas from everyone at Swim Smooth! As we move quickly towards 2020 and you start thinking about the year ahead, it's worth giving your swimming a little thought and where you will make your gains this coming year.

To get you started with this, here are six ideas below which you might choose from. We recommend strong recommend only choosing two or three things. Don't spread your focus too thin with too many things to think about - less is more!

Here's some ideas from us:

- Make the shift from single-sided to bilateral breathing. Straightening out your stroke and improving your catch technique are two great knock-on benefits of switching to breathing every three strokes. (For more benefits see here: www.feelforthewater.com/2019/05/and-now-case-for-bilateral-breathing.html) Expect this change to take about 6 weeks of focus before the strangeness of breathing to both sides starts to feel right!

- Aim to be super-consistent with your training. By being fitter you'll be able to swim further and faster but fitness takes a long time to develop over many months of effort. The mistake many swimmers and triathletes make is to smash out big training sets over a few sessions but then mentally and physically break down as the effort catches up with them. Far better to train at an 80-90% effort over many months than 110% over a couple of weeks. Make consistency your goal in 2020!
Worth reading in relation to this is our classic blog post: Is Your Fitness In A Permanent State Of Snakes And Ladders?www.feelforthewater.com/2013/09/is-your-swim-fitness-in-permanent-state.html

- Transform your pacing skills. "Good pacing" isn't a sexy idea but it is absolutely key to achieving your best performances in your key events and is a skill possessed by all great distance athletes. Good pacing in training also improves the quality of your sessions so you get more fitness gains from each.
Check out our recent (and much copied) blog post on how Eliud Kipchoge used lasers to run with perfect pacing, a key component of him smashing the 2 hour barrier for the marathon: www.feelforthewater.com/2019/10/lasers-vs-tempo-trainers-what-can-we.html

- Find the right stroke length for you. For decades now swim coaches have been telling swimmers to make their stroke as long as they can. This is terrible advice for most age-group swimmers! The key to great swimming is to find the right balance between the length of your stroke and the cadence ("stroke rate"). If you've been following Swim Smooth for a while you will know that we use Tempo Trainer Pros to help you fine tune your stroke rate and develop that optimum rate for you.
Find out more here: swimsmooth.com/improve/intermediate/rhythm-timing-and-stroke-rate-in-swimming and consider a ramp test to find the magic number for your swimming: swimsmooth.com/improve/intermediate/the-swim-smooth-stroke-rate-ramp-test

- Switch from sprint to CSS and Red Mist training. Most masters swimmers aim at short events such a 50, 100 and 200m. That's great but it means that masters squads tend to focus on sprint training aimed at developing pure speed in the water. If you are training for longer events (e.g. 800m or longer), perhaps for triathlon or open water swims then this sort of training is completely the opposite of what you need. Rather than sprinting short intervals with long recoveries you need to focus on long intervals with shorter recovery periods (such as our classic CSS and Red Mist sessions).
This will train the capacity of your aerobic system so that you can sustain a strong speed for longer periods. We call this Becoming A Diesel Engine. More here: www.feelforthewater.com/2013/01/becoming-diesel-engine.html

- Focus on your stroke rhythm for open water swimming. One of the key differences between swimming in a pool vs. rivers, lakes or the ocean is the condition of the water. In open water it's far more likely to be disturbed by chop and waves, either from the prevailing conditions or inevitably from other swimmers in the event (see here).  The key to swimming efficiently through disturbed water is to shorten your stroke slightly and increase your stroke rhythm to give you more continuous propulsion. Try and maintain an overly-long stroke and you be stalled dead in the gap between your strokes when chop or a wave hits. This is why many strong pool swimmers struggle to transfer their speed to open water.

Take a little time to think holistically about your swimming and what it needs to move forwards, choose the right things and you'll be rewarded with some big steps forwards in 2020.

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Swim Smooth Celebrates Our 15th Birthday!

We can't believe it - this week Swim Smooth is celebrating its 15th Birthday! We wanted to use this opportunity to celebrate the global swimming community we have built over the years, most notably by the fantastic group of Swim Smooth Coaches spread around the world, delivering daily sessions to thousands of swimmers in the squad setups (more on this below).

But first, let's kick off with a quick promo video highlighting all the activities going on at our home base in Perth, Australia - it's called Swim Smooth Is Rocketfuel:

But things didn't always look quite so polished! Here's a recently unearthed shot from our very first ever Swim Smooth clinic series and one of our Head Coach Paul Newsome's first opportunities to take his innovative coaching techniques and swimming philosophy to the world:

2005 Clinic, Belfast Northern Ireland (Paul in white)

On that same tour, here's Paul's wife Michelle manning the stand on the original Swim Smooth camper van:

Looking back over the last 15 years our single proudest achievement has to be the development of a fantastic network of Swim Smooth coaches who feel as passionately as we do about coaching the individual (and not the stroke). We have trained over 55 coaches from 12 different countries who now work daily with over 6000 swimmers to unlock their potential through our individualised coaching approach:

Coach Merle Talviste - SS Singapore
Coach Rob Kwaaitaal - SS Netherlands
Coach Morgan Williams - SS Yorkshire (and Lanzarote!)
Coach Lucy Lloyd-Roach - SS Manchester
Coach Seamus Williams - SS Felixstowe
Coach Linda Bostic - SS Palm Beach
Coach Mike Jotautas - SS Louisville KT
Coach Gemma Hollis - SS Woodlands TX
Coach Jason Tait - SS Swindon
Coach Bart Rolet - SS Montreal
Coach Fiona Ford - SS London
Coach Mary Jessey - SS Calgary
Every day we hear stories and achievements from these swimmers and it constantly inspires us at Swim Smooth HQ to keep spreading the magic to all corners of the globe.
But we also felt passionately that we wanted to spread the word to those of you who don't have a Swim Smooth coach in your area. So following hundreds of hours of content recording and session writing, we launched our online coaching platform The Swim Smooth Guru:

With over 3000 loyal subscribers, we are ecstatic that everyone has the ability to unleash the power of Swim Smooth on their own swimming in their local area. The Guru has a multitude of training plans suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to competitive athletes - whatever you need for your swimming, we have got the training plan for you!

As well as all of this, we have squeezed in writing over 500 blog posts and our famous book on our coaching methodology which has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide!

Despite all these highlights, Paul's secret favourite moment from the past 15 years was in fact the day he spent with The Pussycat Dolls' Kimberley Wyatt, at the Triathlon Show. The smile on his face in this picture says it all! He is still waiting for her to return his calls...

A big thanks from us to you for following us and spreading the word about better swimming wherever you are in the world.

As always, we have loads of exciting developments in the pipeline that we can't wait to share with you in the New Year... but for now, we want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and Fantastic New Year!

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Our goal is to make you feel like THIS about your swimming.

The Injured Athlete Podcast With Swim Smooth Coach Fiona Ford

Last Xmas shipping dates in the Swim Smooth Shop:

12th Dec: Asia, Far East, Aus, NZ

14th Dec: USA/Canada

16th Dec: Western Europe
At Swim Smooth we are very fortunate to have a talented group of experienced, motivated and inspiring coaches as part of our team.

None more so than Aussie Fiona Ford based in Surrey (Sunbury) and central London.

Fiona has just been featured on the Injury Athletes Club podcast where she talks about her own recovery from a near fatal bike crash in June 2012 when a car suddenly pulled out in front of her.

Thanks to quick thinking and her strong bike-handling skills, she was able to avoid colliding with the vehicle—but she still flew off her bike and hit the pavement, sustaining a broken collarbone, sacrum, several vertebrae, and pelvis, among other injuries.

During the interview she talks candidly about the challenging physical and emotional journey in returning first to daily life and then on to competing again. Find out what made the differences for her and the physical and emotional hurdles she had to overcome along the way.

It's a great listen for any athlete or coach but especially inspiring if you are making a comeback from a minor or major injury yourself:

Amazingly, despite being told by doctors her running days were over, Fiona went on to qualify and race at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships, finishing in third place in her age group - truly amazing!

You can also read Fiona's book all about her journey back to competition here: www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Track-Recovered-Near-Fatal-Accident/dp/1782550747/

And lastly, you can meet Fiona in person yourself by booking in for a video analysis session or joining her squad sessions in Richmond and central London. Find out more about her Swim Smooth services at: www.fionafordcoaching.com/?page_id=1300

Not in London? Find your nearest SS coach here: swimsmooth.com/coaches/find-a-coach

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Finding Your Own Path In 2020

When a great competitor achieves their true potential in their sport, it's always worth listening to their reflections on what really made a difference along their journey. Nearly always that wisdom dwells on the mental and emotional aspects of preparation and competing.

Here's a great quote from Lewis Hamilton after winning his sixth (!) Formula 1 world championship a few weeks ago:
It's the physical side, it's the mental side, it's probably the mental side that's probably the biggest part... We have control of our mind. As I've gone through the years I've been more and more aware of what works for me and what doesn't.

I realise I'm different... because we're all different. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I'm not insecure about my weaknesses. There's never a day when you're perfect. When you make no mistakes, those are the days you learn from. 

What's probably been the hardest lesson to learn is that you can't change the past. It burns you out; it's almost too much to bear. You just have to suck it up... and I've learned to be able to move on. As long as I've done my best day on the day I can be proud of myself whether I win or I lose....

... You can over-prepare. I keep to myself, take my mind off it. I think about other things, I think about family, I think about my dad. He worked harder than anyone else and inspired me to do that same. We over-think things all the time... and it's a case of just going out and doing it. This is how I operate best. This is how I achieve greatness.
We love how Lewis brings together these really simple points so beautifully:

- You have to work things out for yourself.
Recognise shit happens along the way and you can't change that so you have no choice but to turn the page and move on. That's a really hard thing to do.
- Keep things really simple.
- Remember everything that brought you to this point and draw strength from that.

You might not be racing for world titles yourself with all the pressure that brings but that doesn't mean that achieving your goals and becoming all that you can be is easy, far from it.

The upcoming festive break is a great time to reflect on some of this stuff yourself and move forwards positively into 2020.

For more wisdom filled reflections to hopefully inspire you, take a listen to episode 12 of the Swim Smooth podcast featuring the legendary 6 time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott:


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10 Ways To Improve Using The Guru (UP TO 25% OFF IN THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE!)

A long long time ago, when millennials were still at school and people still bought CDs, if you didn't have access to a Swim Smooth coach to improve your swimming, you would have bought one of our coaching DVDs. All was good in the world - sunglasses got bigger and bigger, Uber referred to German cyclists and a Blackberry wasn't a fruit for a while.

But around 2012 it was obvious that the world was quickly moving on and technology was coming that would allow us to produce a much better coaching product than a mere DVD. We could deliver massively more interactive content and sophisticated intelligence to guide the swimmer. A true "virtual coach" was the name of the game.

And so we started writing... and filming... and coding... and filming... and writing:

Three years later, one bright sunny day in December 2014 The Guru was launched (or the Swim Smooth Coaching System as it was called back then):

The result was a "web-app" based system you could access from any laptop, smartphone or tablet with over 30 hours (!) of systemised high quality coaching video, extensive training plans and interactive stroke correction.

The Guru concept is still a new idea in coaching so it might not be intuitively obvious to you how it works, so we've outlined 10 ways to use the Guru to improve your own swimming (or coaching). But before we get started with that don't miss the fact that we have a Black Friday deal on the Guru running for the next few days only:


Sign-up here and use promo code TYCJ-RMAV to get 30% off 3 months PRO subscription or 25% off an annual PRO subscription: www.swimsmooth.guru

10 Ways To Improve Your Swimming With The Guru

1. Our Complete Drill Library (Pro and Std Subscriptions)

Never again wonder what to focus on or the purpose of any drill with our full guide to every SS drill featuring extensive coaching points. Watch in glorious HD from any angle:

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dg/drills/

2. Study Elite Swimmers (Pro and Std Subscriptions)

How can elite swimmers possibly be so quick? Understand how with our exclusive collection of amazing swimmers shot for you to study from every angle. Featuring Olympic Champions like Rebecca Adlington and the fastest female swimmer in triathlon Lucy Charles:

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dF/elites/

3. Our Full Learn To Swim Program (Pro and Std Subscriptions)

Can't swim freestyle yet? You're in for a treat as both subscription levels of the Guru feature our full Learn To Swim process. We'll build up your stroke step by step for those first laps of smooth effective freestyle - get inspired!

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/cMH/learn-to-swim/

4. Correct Your Stroke With Our Fault Fixer (Std & Pro) & Swim Types Processes (Pro subscriptions)

OK down to business directly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your stroke with our truly individual approach to stroke correction. You have a choice of two routes - firstly identify a specific fault in your stroke and follow our step-by-step process to correct it. Or work on multiple areas at once with our ingenious Swim Types processes - identify your type and fast track your progress with our holistic approach to your swimming.

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/dY/fault-fixers/

5. Training Plans For Any Distance (Pro subscriptions)

Training for any distance of triathlon or open water swim? We have a full swim training plan specific for your needs to get you fully prepared for a big personal best. 19 plans to choose from in total:

Of course you can print out any session to take poolside and follow.

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/b9/training-plans/

6. Session Libraries (Pro subscriptions only)

Not following an event plan but want a session of a specific type of session to follow? We've organised over 800 (!) sessions by type in our libraries. Technique, Aerobic Endurance, CSS or Red Mist - you decide! The perfect resource for coaches too.

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/subsection/cEZ/session-library/

7. Train Interactively With A Tempo Trainer & "Tweak" Your Fitness

The Guru knows and tracks your swimming ability using the CSS system which Swim Smooth popularised throughout swimming. With our clever "tweaking" method, your CSS pace adapts over time to make sure you are training at the optimal pace for your ability.

But how do we make sure you swim at the right speed? With our Tempo Trainer Pro integration. Simply program the Guru's settings into your Tempo Trainer and swim to the beep - turning and pushing at the end of each lap as it beeps (a bit like a beep-test in the gym):

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/csstracker/

8. Fitness Tracker (Pro Subscription) & Performance Profile (Pro - Marlin Required)

Want to see visually how you are progressing? How do you know how tired you are and if that's affecting your speed on any given day? The Guru features a clever Fitness Tracker to model your fitness and fatigue levels visually over time. Easily compare month against month or year against year.

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/fitnesstracker/

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/performanceprofile/

9. Swim With Our Virtual Squad - The Exact Same Sessions As The Perth Squad!

Unfortunately not everyone can swim in sunny Perth at the glorious Claremont swimming pool but now you can swim the same sessions at the same time! The Virtual Squad features technique, training and open water skills direct from Head Coach Paul Newsome down-under:

Subscribers shortcut: www.swimsmooth.guru/sequence/cLk/virtual-squad/

10. Coaches Dashboard - Perfect For Face To Face Coaching

A fantastic resource for all coaches. Explore our full drill library and watch elite athlete videos to help with your squad sessions. Use the Guru to calculate the CSS's of your squad to make sure everyone is working to their full potential in your session. Genius!

You'll love working with the Guru - so much so you might even be inspired to bake a Guru cake (like squad swimmer Nolan - thanks sir!) :


Sign-up to the Guru here and use promo code TYCJ-RMAV to get 30% off 3 months PRO subscription or 25% off an annual PRO subscription: www.swimsmooth.guru

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