In the world of competitive swimming, data = truth. There is always a clear-cut winner and loser. It’s all based on time. That’s the bottom line. Be fast or finish last.
While all swimmers know their lap times, many swimmers fail to realize how exactly they achieved those times. All too often swimmers and their coaches spend countless hours theorizing on how to improve times and making adjustments to their training routines that don’t yield results. The reason – they have no tangible data to support their theories.
It’s a game changer when swimmers realize that Avidasports can help them measure eight different data points that directly contribute to their bottom line … their final race time. By measuring metrics like stroke tempo, stroke count, length time, breakout time, average speed, distance per stroke, kick count and kick tempo, swimmers and their coaches can analyze data and set concrete and measurable goals to improve efficiency and time. Former All-American swimmer Bennett Clark has created a program using Avidasports that improves lap time and efficiency in five easy steps. Learn more by reading Swim Smarter, Swim Faster: Five Easy Steps to Improve Your Lap Time. http://www.avidasports.com/swim-smarter-swim-faster-five-easy-steps-to-improve-your-lap-time/
One of the most common mistakes competitive swimmers make is thinking that they can eat anything they want. Sure, you burn a ton of calories during practices and meets, and you probably haven’t gained any weight, but if you find yourself ordering number threes off of the value menu, you may be doing more harm than you realize.
“A lot of student athletes don’t take nutrition seriously,” says Scott Hedges, former swim coach of Cranbrook Schools. “All they see is that they haven’t gained weight, but they fail to realize the foods they’re eating are killing their energy levels and hurting their performance.”
Learn what to eat and not eat to stay one step ahead of your competition by reading our latest article, 10 Foods That Unleash the Olympian in Every Swimmer. http://www.avidasports.com/10-foods-that-unleash-the-olympian-in-every-swimmer/
Ever been to the gym and seen (and loudly heard) the muscle-bound body builder in the corner lifting un-human amounts of weight and grunting so loud you can hear him across the gym? Everyone has run into that guy at least once. No one likes him and everyone wonders if his massive muscles and showmanship are his way of overcompensating for himself.
The same can be said about dry land workouts for swimmers. Just because you’re flashy and can lift a lot of weight doesn’t mean you’re reaping the benefits of the time you’re putting in. There is much more that goes into a successful workout than just how much you can lift, especially in the world of competitive swimming. Sometimes less is more, and it’s all about your technique. For tips on the proper ways to workout outside of the pool to maximize your potential in the pool, check out this read: http://www.avidasports.com/workout-tips-for-swimmers-to-use-outside-of-the-pool/.
Bennett Clark, former All-American swimmer at the University of California-Berkeley trained to try out for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Needless to say he’s used to racking up wins and leaving other swimmers in the dust, choking on his waves.
Bennett’s success didn’t come easy and is a result of years of hard work and dedication. It wasn’t until later in his career that Bennett discovered the Avidasports Athletic Telemetry System, which helped him refine his technique and improve his overall times. Bennett’s five step process not only helped him get quicker in the water, it also helped him do it with less effort.
It’s all about improving efficiency in the water, which Bennett explains how to do in the article: Swim Smarter, Swim Faster: Five Easy Steps to Improve Your Lap Time.
You could be the most talented swimmer in the pool and be armed with copious amounts of data from Avidasports, but none of it will matter if you don’t watch what you eat. A swimmer’s body is their temple and is the engine that drives their success. Filing your body with fatty and unhealthy foods is like putting regular gasoline in a truck that runs on diesel. Do it and you’re going to go nowhere fast.
Antioxidants, vitamins and omega-3s are all essential to an athlete’s performance. Check out our article 10 Foods That Unleash the Olympian in Every Swimmer to learn more about fueling your machine.
Do you remember that ‘90s song by the Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”? If you’re like us, you’re probably wondering what the point of walking 1000 miles was, especially since that guy could’ve just driven to see his girlfriend in the first place. Sure it was a chivalrous sentiment, but by walking 1000 miles that guy wasted hundreds of hours of time and completely over exerted himself in the process.
For a swimmer, having an over-the-top cross training regimen outside of the pool is just as pointless as the Proclaimers song and it’s hurting your performance in the pool.
For tips on getting a proper workout outside of the pool and how often you should be doing it, check out our latest article a Fish Out of the Water; Workout Tips for Swimmers to Use Outside of the Pool.
Every swimmer wants to reduce their time. After all, it’s the end-all be-all measurement of your success. The problem – it’s difficult to do. If it was easy, everyone would already be doing it right? And, chances are you and your coach have different ideas on what exactly is affecting your lap times and what steps you should take to improve them. Without any real data to backup either your viewpoint or theirs, your path to improvement is muddled at best. In many cases, tactics on how to improve are all hearsay.
So where do you begin?
The first step is to be open and honest about your performance with your coaches. Work with them to develop tangible goals and a process to track progress. To find out more about the remaining four steps to improving your lap time, check out our article called Swim Smarter, Swim Faster: Five Easy Steps to Improve Your Lap Time.