Posts Tagged ‘Swimming’

“YOU DID IT!!” I yelled, as she took the goggles off of her head, revealing the largest smile I had seen on someone’s face in a while. I was excited, too!

Rachael had just swam the entire length of the pool for the first time in her life without help. She is also 39 years old and up until a month ago, couldn’t even get close to the side of the pool without her heart rate going through the roof and her body tensing up. However, her 6 year old daughter has been taking swim lessons and “wanted mommy to play” in the pool with her on the weekends. Knowing that her little girl would soon be jumping off of the diving board in the deep end, she decided that the time had come to face her own fears and learn how to swim so they could swim together.

Stories like this are not at all uncommon. In fact, in my twenty-plus years of teaching individuals how to swim, I hear more and more adults say they share perspectives like this all the time. “I avoid beach vacations with my family because I’m scared to go in the ocean.” “My partner never wants to go tubing at the lake because she’s scared of not being able to touch the bottom.” “I had a really bad experience as a kid and almost drowned, haven’t recovered since.”

On top of being an incredibly effective full body workout and a great low impact form of exercise, swimming is also a survival skill. The ability to safely keep oneself afloat in water should be critical for all adults.

Motivated by wanting to help others learn and improve this critical ability, a few years ago I hosted my first “Swim Better Now” series, and it was a huge success. Since then, I’ve taken on dozens of new athletes in the pool; some were triathletes looking to improve their efficiency for long distance swims, but most were adults simply looking to gain confidence in the water.

Since so many people have been asking me to do them again, I’m bringing them back!

Each week of the “Smashby Training’s: Swim Better Now” Clinic will include practice sessions of up to three varying ability levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. A more detailed description of these three courses can be found below.

The criteria for the Intermediate Course is as follows:

  • Swimmer should be able to complete 100 yards (or 4 lengths) comfortably without stopping
  • A basic understanding of proper breathing technique (either to one side or both) should be established
  • Athlete can efficiently tread water or float safely in the deep end of the pool when tired without touching the wall or lane ropes
  • For athletes who do not yet meet these criteria listed, the Beginner Course option should be selected. Athletes who easily meet or exceed the requirements for the Intermediate Course should register for the Advanced Course option.

Course objectives include:

Beginner Course

  • Basic Water Safety (how to keep oneself afloat safely in deep water)
  • Introduction of proper stroke timing of arms, legs, and breathing (for freestyle stroke)
  • Proper functional use of swimming equipment such as Kick Board and Pull Buoy

Intermediate Course

  • Increased efficiency of stroke technique and timing of breathing for freestyle stroke
  • Skills and drills using swimming equipment (Kick Board and Pull Buoy)
  • As requested, introduction to flip turn technique and additional strokes (backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly)

Advanced Course

  • Fine-tuning of freestyle stroke mechanics
  • Advanced speed, flip turn and technique drills
  • Technique work on additional strokes (backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly)
    Athletes in this group may also be looking to compete in an aquatic event (triathlon, swim meet, etc.)

Are you interested in attending one of these clinics? Here’s what you need to know:

Who should attend? Anyone who wants to improve their swimming

What are you signing up for exactly? One hour swimming clinic, programming and athletes grouped by ability level

Where will clinics be held? The Golden Community Center

When will these happen? Sunday mornings, date(s) to be determined based on interest (hoping for Mid-March)

PLEASE comment on this post, or email if you’re interested in attending, along with which course level is best for you.

Pass along the word to anyone you know who might benefit from these sessions as well, please.

I hope to see you all soon!



Here’s last week’s recap and my goals for the upcoming week.

Last week:

  • Fitness- Thursday we hit a Sumo deadlift for the first time in months. I hit 420lbs for a triple. Other than that, had some decent workouts, but nothing to write home about.
  • Missed one goal AGAIN from last week, and STILL didn’t make time to finish the book I’ve been reading. I did, however, read 50 more pages. That makes more than I’ve read in the last few months. So progress, but still not where I want to be. The good news is that I haven’t been reading because I’ve been getting to sleep earlier every night!
  • Went grocery shopping, grilled, and prepped food for a few hours tonight. So between making some salads and rice bowls, I should be good to go on most meals!
  • Spent almost 3 hours working in the garage with Em and put up a good chunk of our drywall. Two more weekends where we decide to work, and the walls of the garage should be done!

This week:

  • Write one “The 2018 Open is Coming” post
  • I WILL NOT finish the book I started by next Sunday and write a brief summary (Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jacko Willink) – Trying a little reverse psychology on myself!
  • Go on a run ONE day this week. The goal is at least 3 miles, and I’m not going to sprint. Just get back outside as the weather starts to warm up a bit again.
  • I’d love to write a post talking about the Swim Lessons I give, why they’re so rewarding for me, and why you should let me know if you’d like some!

Alright, your turn. What’s going on out there?

SwimBetterNowTeaser   Friends!

I’m back on the blog today to share some exciting news! Next month, I am going to host 3 weeks worth of Swim Lessons. They will aim from teaching someone HOW to swim, all the way through trying to make someone faster and more efficient for any aquatic competition, be it a swim meet or a triathlon.

In my own experience in the water, I have taught swim lessons at all levels for the past 17+ years, was a 6-time NCAA National Champion swimmer in college, have competed in several traithlons, and as recently as this summer raced in Denver’s local “Aquaman” duathlon series (swim and run).

The goals of these small group training sessions will be to provide a one-hour “practice” with appropriate “skills and drills” to make anyone feel more comfortable moving themselves through the water. These will include activities as simple as learning how to breathe, timing of breath, and how to safely tread water, to movements as advanced as flip turns in the pool or learning how to “spot sight” for Open Water swimming. Based on the interest of the group, attention can also be paid to improving efficiency in strokes other than freestyle.

I’m excited to work with you all, and help the water become a more fun place for you to play and race! In order to express interest in attending one or more of the sessions, please comment on this post and let me know!