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Why Swim Faster?

To my knowledge no other coach or teacher in the Madison area offers a program like mine. At Swim Faster Madison, I don’t train swimmers, I fix them. Other programs such as Masters or Triathlete groups will help you with conditioning and training. They're great! My program complements your training. Over the past five years, I’ve worked with several dozen learners, from put-your-face-in-the-water-and-blow-bubbles swimmers, to athletes looking to break records or achieve top ten status. I’ve developed methods to detect subtle quirks and watch for key indicators in technique. I also coach high school and Masters swimming. A lifelong swimmer, myself, I try to practice what I preach

Three reasons why You should take Swim Faster Lessons

How do you teach better swimming?


All swimmers are different. Different ages. Different body types. Different goals. And all swimmers learn differently. I don't just teach to a list of skills. Upon observation at your first lesson, I’ll plan out what the next set of lessons might look like. Each time we start a lesson, I will watch your swimming technique as you warm up and zero on one area to work on for that lesson. I’ll establish a progression of drills and exercises, and for the rest of the lesson we will work through that progression. I often use my iPhone camera to show you what I’m seeing and how to recognize your errors.


Will 6 or 8 lessons be sufficient?


The answer depends on your resources, commitment and goals. I can tell you that most swimmers do repeat a few sessions. But I can also tell you that if you only sign up for one 6-session plan, you will have acquired a valuabled set of tools to swim better.


Even the best swimmers develop habits that are difficult to break. So through my observation and plan of action, you should develop a method to manage improved swimming, which is developing a better feeling for the water and gaining your own feedback.


I swim a fair amount, but I'm not getting better. What can you do to help?


Several factors may be at play. Are your legs sinking, causing you to drag your body? Does it feel like your hands are slipping and not moving efficiently? Are you breathing properly? Do you over-rotate your shoulders and sweep your hands underneath your chest? Do you swim with just your shoulders, or can you recruit your larger torso muscles for more power?


There is an order to what to fix first, which enables me to set up the next fix, and then the next fix, et cetera. The end result is proper body position, breathing that works with your stroke, efficient arm recovery and hand entry, proper and balanced rotation, and a catch and pull that provides optimal propulsion.

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