Swim Smooth....

....anyone tried the coaching?

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Lee the Pea    pirate
30/08/2013 at 13:54

Afternoon all

My swimming is shit, as demonstrated by the fact I won the 'Drowned Pirate' award at IM Regensburg 2011...and it hasn't improved in the interim (which isn't surprising as i've barely been in a pool since ).

Anyway, i've joined a gym with a pool now (2 pools in fact!!), so i shall be partaking of the joys of swimming.  I need to get better to start triathlon again too.

Has anyone on here done any 1:1 coaching with a Swim Smooth instructor, or been to a swim clinic run by them?  I was considering it, though not until I can get back to swimming 400m continuously (can't even manage that at the mo!).  I quite liked the fact you see them once, get advice, videos to take away etc then you work on what they've taught you and see them maybe a month later. 

It would be good to hear folks thoughts on the swim smooth 'product'.

Ta muchly

Pea

Edited: 30/08/2013 at 13:55
WildWill    pirate
30/08/2013 at 13:57

go for it

WildWill    pirate
30/08/2013 at 13:58

which gym did you join?

30/08/2013 at 14:01

Any one to one swim coaching will be good.  As long as you an relax breathing in the water anyway.  If you can't you'll never focus n what they are saying

30/08/2013 at 14:13

It's not my experience, but a friend had a good time with the Total Immersion course. 

He really couldn't swim very well but he's taking part in triathlons now.

30/08/2013 at 14:17

Theres a free swim dvd with Triathlon plus mag this month (I think its Triathlon plus, not 220 the other one, its in my car, I'll go and av a look)

30/08/2013 at 14:26

I've done TI and Swim Smooth and would definitely recommend 1 2 1 Swim Smooth.

WildWill    pirate
30/08/2013 at 14:47

I dd a TI weekend ... but wouldnt mind doing Swim Smooth sometime

30/08/2013 at 14:52

I found the TI weekend put me off swimming, whereas an hour and a half with Swim Smooth gave me some big improvements.

30/08/2013 at 14:52

I should caveat that, I'm still not a very good swimmer but at least not ALL of the old ladies doing breast stroke in the pool are faster now.

WildWill    pirate
30/08/2013 at 14:56

Before I did TI - i used to ight the water and was always out of breath even after 200-300m

The TI sorted me and now I dont even find 10k's daunting 

30/08/2013 at 15:06

My coach is TI based.  It's made the world of difference to how I feel about swimming.  Given the early stage I'm at and how well he's expressed some basic building blocks, I think the quality of the coach and how well we communicate is probably more important than the label he teaches under.

Lee the Pea    pirate
30/08/2013 at 15:15

Thanks folks. 

Will i've joined David Lloyd in Port Solent.  Has a 25m indoor pool, and 18m (I think) outdoor pool. I really like the gym I have to say - got 3 months of price too, because of a couple of offers being on, so made the price a bit less horrific!

That sounds good Kate.  I've looked into TI before, and although tbh i've not had actual coaching in it, it did seem strange to me when I was trying to do some of the stuff they talk about.  You're right about the coach though DS, that makes a big difference.

I think i'll go for the 1:1 session and see how it goes.  Tbh i'll not be doing it until nearer the end of the year rather than imminently - got some weight loss and fitness/core strength/flexibility targets to hit first, as improving those will help swimming (I struggled with all three when swimming before).

Thanks for the info folks (and i'll try to find the magazine too, cheers!).

Lee the Pea    pirate
30/08/2013 at 15:16

Avalaf i've managed to conquer the breathing okay, so that's good, it is just my general technique that needs a lot more work!

30/08/2013 at 15:57

I will be really keen to read how you get on. I haven't had a 1 to 1 either, but have read their book, which is fantastic. 

Lee the Pea    pirate
30/08/2013 at 18:44

Ahhh, i've not seen the book Faithsdaddy. I shall have to look for that!

 

30/08/2013 at 19:01

Lee, I know most of the DLPS coaches.  I'll PM you as it would be unfair to give my opinion of their strengths and weaknesses on a public forum

M...eldy    pirate
30/08/2013 at 19:07

Lee have you seen the swimsmooth website? There is a lot of useful stuff on there as well

30/08/2013 at 19:10

Lee, I have literally just done one this last week!  I've always been a confident and competent swimmer.  I did Outlaw swim last year in 1hr10.  However, I felt I could / should be faster.  I've been swimming quite a bit in the last 6 weeks or so as I've got the Dart 10K in a fortnight.

So I went to the lady in Richmond as I seemed to have reached a plateau and wasn't getting any faster.  

I had the video analysis and when confronted with years of bad habits I was, quite frankly, shocked!  Lots of things to tweak and improve upon!  She also identified a very old shoulder injury, which it seems I'm still showing signs of!

Anyhow, I now have an X rated video nasty to look at along with examples of the 'drills' I need to be doing in order to try to correct 40+ years of bad habits!  

It is also gives me a fantastic exhibition as to why I *need* / *must* lose 2 stone!!  

I went down the swim smooth route purely because I read Funkin's post IM Bolton race report where he mentioned that he went along to the Swim Smooth clinics!  I thought, 'If it's good enough for a Kona qualifier...'

I have to say I was impressed with the whole thing and am looking forward to seeing improvements!

Lee the Pea    pirate
30/08/2013 at 19:48

Yeah i've been having a look Meldy, thanks.  I get emails from them too, so i've actually started reading them, ha ha! 

Thanks for all the info Cas, got it  

Ah that is good timing then Siggy! Sounds like it was a really interesting session.  Can't wait to hear how you get on with all the drills.  Are you going to go back and see them in a month or so to see how you're doing, or just judge it by improved swim times?

I definitely want to get back to tri, and as much as my biking and running are pretty pish too, i feel i can improve them on my own, but my swimming is drastic, and it needs serious work, and help. I'm thinking of the Austria IM in 2015, so time to get better (the decision is Austria, right? Well, wherever it ends up will do me )

Thanks for all the replies folks

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