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Use it or lose it!

What an ingenious design our bodies are, they have mobility, agility, temperature control, intelligence, etc. Disappointly we make little use of the vast array of attributes our bodies provide. The scary thing is the human body is so clever it can recognise that we no longer need a function. Your nervous system basically 'forgets' how to perform a task. This can be summarised by the term 'use it or lose it', and when it is applied to the human body it is oh so true. That is why consistent movement is so important to keep the nervous system in tip top condition. What is your nervous...

Efficient Swimming

Last weekend I spent some time on YouTube doing some swimming research. The internet is a terrific medium for looking at ideas, research and training methods on a global level. The only problem is anyone can publish on the internet. After searching ‘efficient swimming’ and looking at all the different YouTube submissions even I was getting a little confused,  it is difficult to ascertain who is the ‘expert’ and correct, let alone who is explaining Efficient Swimming best. I thought it best to retire to my back garden and study my fish in the pond for a time to see if by studying their swim action...

Historical Swimming Tips

A couple of little historical beauties to put a smile on your face this week:  “Health and beauty usually go hand in hand, and it is because so many ladies have realised that swimming beautifies not only the figure but the face also – that there is, in fact, more real and lasting loveliness to be had from a sixpenny visit to the baths than from a guinea’s-measure of costly ingenuities at Madame Seraphina’s “beauty parlour” – that swimming has won such enormous popularity among women during recent years.” Quoted from page 176 of ‘The new magic of swimming’ 1934.  And from the same Chapter 2 titled ‘How...

Pool or Open Water?

I often get asked which I prefer “pool or open water swimming?" My answer is simply “both”, often I will get asked for a more definitive answer. The pool offers me a chance to swim without the hassle of waves, current, sharks or the risk of getting run over by a boat or jet ski. I can work on my technique, my fitness and my speed in an environment that provides few distractions. My swimming definitely would not be where it is today without the work and laps I have invested in the 100’s of pools around the world over my lifetime.  Racing in a swim...

Calling All Swimmers

On 16 June I wrote about a journey back to New Zealand to support my dad who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The brilliant news is following surgery he has been given the all clear. Only yesterday on the front page of the Daily Telegraph I noted an article on the dramatic increase of reported cancer in the UK. Part of this is actually good news as a proportion of the increase is attributed to better screening and earlier detection, unfortunately that does not account for all of the increase in cancer rates. Exercise and healthy living have always been and will continue to be one of our...

Zoggs Predator goggle review

I have had my Zoggs Predators for a couple of months so have had ample time to try them out; this last two weeks in the Greek Islands I have truly put them through their paces. They are what I would call a hybrid goggle, built for both good visibility as well as performance. In the pool I found them disastrous, the drag profile ensured that on most streamlined wall push offs the seal broke and they filled up. This never happens with a purpose built pool goggle but is not uncommon with the hybrids. ...