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Aquasphere Swim Goggle review

I have had a few excellent open water swims now and have been able to properly test out my Aquasphere Vista Smoke Lens and Clear Lens goggles. This trip has required swimming and boat travel between the Greek islands; with all the traveling and all the sand on the beaches it is terrific to have the hard storage case to store my goggles in. The visibility is terrific, nothing would be more annoying than having damaged goggles, the hard storage case protects them well and stops the lens becoming scratched....

Fit&Abel heads to the Greek Islands!

I am very excited to be teaming up with SwimTrek www.SwimTrek.com for the month of July, I will be guiding their Greek Cyclades tour over the next four weeks. For those who have been following my FitandAbel.com blogs you will have seen my passion for swimming runs deep. My swimming background was primarily pool based for many years. I still love the challenge and the speed of pool based competitions however, that black line on the bottom of the pool can get pretty tedious after 20, 40, 80, 120 laps and it is always great to swim in different locations, away from the line on the...

Basic Swimming Technique

People often say to me ‘you make swimming look so easy’, the other typical comment I hear is ‘I am doing all this training but my speed is not increasing’. In answer to the first comment I make it look easy because I have put in the practice and I was lucky enough to have coaches over the years who knew that technique training is just as important as fitness training. In answer to the second I would say cut down on the fitness focus for a while and focus on technique; improve technique and the speed will come naturally. The basic principles of swimming technique...

Finding the right swim goggles?

Previously I have mentioned how important your swimming equipment selection is to swimming performance. There is no point dedicating yourself to training only to be distracted in your swim by leaking goggles, poor vision or discomfort from poor swim equipment. Today I am going to look at goggle selection in more detail. For me buying the right goggles is like buying a new pair of jeans, it is really difficult to find just the right pair, you often have to try many pairs on but when you do find the right pair they fit perfectly and you end up wearing them until they fall apart. Where you are going to swim...

Cancer, Exercise and You

I am just back from a short notice trip to New Zealand. Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer so I went back to lend a hand and support while he had surgery. Dads’ surgery went very well; we are now awaiting the outcome of the post-surgery biopsy. It all looks positive! It was also an educational journey for me, according to the UK National Health Service website men are more likely to die from cancer than woman and the most common cancer is prostate cancer. It is not doom and gloom though, the mortality rates are dropping markedly and this is due in large part...

A True Champion

Congrats to all the true champions out there this summer. Sure many professional athletes will compete and win on the Triathlon, Ironman and open water swim circuits this season and they are most certainly the elite. But what about the first time Ironman competitor who struggled to swim 500m in the pool 12 months ago? They probably need to juggle training around a full time job, maybe a partner and their children, as well as the requirement to fund their own equipment, travel and training. Ironman and Triathlon training takes enormous commitment and dedication to ensure balance with family and work to ensure success in such a demanding sport. There are many of you...

Technique Technique Technique!

What an announcement earlier this year; a swimming champion comes out of retirement – Ian Thorpe to take on Phelps in the pool at the London Olympics 2012. At the moment Australian swimming comebacks seem to be growing in popularity. The most notable and successful in recent history is Geoff Huegill, a talented butterfly specialist who disappeared into the ether in 1996 after the Athens Olympics only to return with vengeance taking Gold at last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games. This year two more Australian Gold medallists have announced they will be getting their feet wet once again, 33 year old Michael Klim will be attempting to qualify for his fourth Olympics and the legendary Ian...

Consistency is the key!

Let me describe a scenario to you; Tuesday: An 11am 30 minute meeting turns into a 2 hour marathon. No time for the planned lunch time swim, but you manage a quick break for lunch. The afternoon is a nightmare catching up on the backlog of work from the morning. You get out of work at 7.30pm. You have had a tiring day you need to get home to try and say a quick hello to the kids before they go to bed. There will be no swimming today. Thursday: It has been a long week; the weekend is now in sight. You feel a bit sleepy as you travel to work. On arriving...

Health Club or Gym Membership – Is it right for you?

For many people the obvious and easy answer when they decide to start working out and setting exercise goals is to join a Health Club. The motivation to start working out may have come about because of a desire to lose weight, get in shape, reduce stress etc. Whatever the reason in this blog I would like to examine whether or not purchasing a membership is the right course of action for you. I have a long association with Health Clubs and gyms. I have used them as a competitive athlete and after retiring from competition have continued to utilise gyms for my exercise routine...

Learning to critique your swimming

Swimming can be one of the most beneficial and rewarding forms of exercise. It can also be one of the most challenging when it comes to learning the basics. One of the reasons it is so challenging to swim correctly is that it is particularly difficult to actually see what you are doing. So often the mental image of our arm recovery or breathing style varies greatly from the movement that is actually taking place.  If you have the time and money to spend and have a coach that is willing to stand on pool side every time you swim then you will have access...