Friday, July 22, 2016

The "Press-Stud" Visualisation


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We've just released a video onto Youtube describing a new Swim Smooth visualisation to help improve your arm recovery over the surface of the water. If you have quite poor posture and feel your arms recover more around the side than over the top of the water when you swim then this for you!


The Press Stud Visualisation

The next time you swim, think about how your shoulder blade might be lifting away from your back as your shoulder rolls forwards. Imagine you have a Press-Stud (also known as a clothes popper or snap fastener) attached on the underside of your shoulder blade and on the other side to your spine:
As your arm recovers over the surface of the water, visualise retracting your shoulder blade down towards your spine by clipping the stud together. This will improve your posture and help the arm recover higher over the water.

Paul explains more:



A higher arm recovery means less chance of the hand catching on the surface and makes it less likely to cross the centre line in front of your head as you enter into the water. Your body roll should also be improved as the improved posture helps drive your rotation in your stroke along the long axis of your spine.

To get the most from the Press-Stud visualisation follow this simple training session in the Virtual Squad in The Guru (PRO subscription required):

https://www.swimsmooth.guru/sequence/cLk/c2s/session-20-pure-technique-press-studs/


Swim Smooth!




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Friday, July 15, 2016

Swimming Training Stress Score And Tracking Your Swim Fitness


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United Kingdom

Swindon SS Squads

Lancaster Video Analysis

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Northampton Video Analysis Clinic

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Yorkshire Video Analysis

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Richmond SS Squad

Open Water Beg & Int Courses London & Oxford

Richmond / Wimbledon Workshops

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Lancaster SS Squad

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Zwevegem Video Analysis (English - Dutch)

Prague Junior Swim Club

Prague Junior Swim Club

Dublin Video Analysis

Prague Video Analysis

Swim/Tri Camps Alicante

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Nijmegen SS Squads




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SS 1 Day Clinic South Carolina, July 24

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SS 1 Day Clinic NYC August 6

** Our new Swim Smooth Coach in Belgium Filip Rigole has started translating many of our key articles into Dutch on his new blog. Subscribe here: www.swimsmoothbelgie.be **

We've just released a new video by our Head Coach Paul Newsome explaining how to use the Swim Smooth Guru to track your swimming fitness as you train and make intelligent choices about when to train, how much to train and when you just need to put your feet up and take a good solid rest!

If you've used a fitness model with a power meter on the bike this is a very similar concept. For every swim session that you tick off from a Guru training plan or enter manually, the Guru calculates a single number representing the training value of that session - "Swimming Training Stress Score" or sTSS for short*.

The Guru then analyses all your training to model your fitness and fatigue levels over time, allowing you to see what training is making the difference, how to improve versus previous years and when you are over-training:



Watch the new video explaining how this works:




The Swim Smooth Guru

The Guru is our intelligent coaching system to improve all aspects of your swimming from stroke correction to training plans to open water and racing skills. The Fitness Tracker (you can find it here in the Guru) is just one of many powerful features within the training area of the system.

You need a PRO license to use the Fitness Tracker and sTSS calculator. Signup today without any tie-in at:

https://www.swimsmooth.guru

If you are a Standard version subscriber you can change to PRO here:

https://www.swimsmooth.guru/changeaccount/


Swim Smooth!

* If you are a triathlete using Training Peaks user you can enter Guru sTSS figures straight into Training Peaks to assess your overall training load.