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Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! Last week, we finished up our two weeks of visualization. This week, as we prepare to commence the new season, we should look to continue to improve our mental focus toward our swimming. Many of these topics can translate into our school and/or work and/or personal lives, because we should have goals in all facets of our life. Don't limit yourself to growth as a swimmer; create room for boundless growth as a whole person. If you'd like to recap from the beginning,...

Sigma Swimming

Happy August, Adult Lessons Swimmers! Hoping everyone had fun learning to bob last week! We're coming to the penultimate week of our series on deep water learning (for now, anyways). If you need a refresher, feel free to start back at the beginning here. We've floated and sunk and climbed down underwater ladders, all while learning our surroundings and perhaps learning more about ourselves in the process. All these different exercises and tips have been in place to give you comfort, or at least cordiality, in deep water scenarios. Most...

Sigma Swimming

Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We've really come along our beginner journey thus far! Last week, we discussed the importance of roll breathing, and how it can help your beginner learn to swim further and further with good technique. This week, we embark on a side quest to learn the preliminary steps of diving! This can be both a fun and dubious time for swimmers, so it's important to be patient with them as they navigate this new skill. Using the side of the pool as the initial platform,...

Sigma Swimming

Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! After an interim week break, we are back with the weekly posts. Just to jog everyone's memory, a few weeks ago, we started our series on the mental side of swimming with mindfulness for two weeks. Since then, we have shifted to visualization, and creating your own success in races within your mind. We conclude our two-week stint on visualization this week with a look at pro comparisons. Although this week doesn't solely highlight visualization on a swimming front, it does perhaps offer...

Sigma Swimming

Happy August, Adult Lessons Swimmers! After a week break, we are resuming our series on deep water progressions. Hopefully, you've some time to practice some of your deep water skills! Even though the summer is coming to a close, that doesn't mean it isn't helpful to keep your deep water acclimation polished. Here in Texas, it's warm almost 9 months out of the year, and who knows when you'll make that next trip out to your local lake! To recap, two weeks ago, we discussed float transitions and finding a...

Sigma Swimming

Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We took a week off to close out the season and now we're back. Although Sigma is on a two-week break this week, that does not mean that we cannot keep learning! Preparation for next season will ensure that we get off to a great start. As a short recap, we have been going through our series on beginner progressions. Last time two week ago, we discussed the early stages of learning freestyle! This is a big step in a swimmer's journey, and we...

Sigma Swimming

Hello Swim Team and Adult Fitness Swimmers! I hope everyone enjoyed the last couple weeks' focus on mindfulness. This week, we are shifting over to a discussion on visualization. We've gotten the wheels turning on building a "mind palace" in our competitive journeys, and now it's time to move to the next steps. Consider visualization as the next stair step. Think about how many laps you swim in a given practice, how many strokes in a given lap, how many kicks occur off each wall. It is important for us...

Sigma Swimming

Happy July, Adult Lessons Swimmers! This week we continue to chug along on our journey with deep water progressions. First and foremost, do not forget to commend yourself for just getting in! Being willing to hop in deep water is much an accomplishment in and of itself. Last week, we took a journey underneath the waves and worked on depth comfort with the use of the deep water ladder. This allowed us to measure our learning vertically to accompany the horizontal skills we have learned thus far. Float transitions, this...

Sigma Swimming

Hi Sigma Swim and Stroke Schoolers! We're now OFF THE WALL in our series for beginning swimmers. We've gone from getting in, to bobbing, to floating, and most recently to pushing off in streamline. As we continue to plug on, we should already begin to see improvements in our swimming proficiency. Now, we've mastered some of the basics involved in getting our feet wet (literally and figuratively). This week's discussion centers around the first "true stroke", freestyle. Sometimes called the "front crawl" in other countries, freestyle is the simplest and...

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Happy July, Adult Lessons Swimmers! Here we are in the midst of our deep water progressions. Last week, after we discussed the basics, we moved onto the deep water float. If you've learned how to do this, you're already a deep water pro! If not, never fear, as letting go and leaving yourself alone with the surface of the water is a humongous (read as: HUMONGOUS) step in deep water comfort. This week, we have the benefit of getting to move back to the wall and explore some new tips...