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We have our first round of technique clinics occurring this weekend in Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin. These clinics are led by former International Swimmers: Niamh OSullivan and Bethany Carson, the girls represented Ireland for many years, racing at European Championships, World Cups, World University Games and World Championships. They are also experienced coaches, who are looking forward to putting our lucky SFAM’ers through their paces in these technical sessions on Friday, Saturday & Sunday! Watch out for next weeks Newsletter, with top tips from Niamh and Bethany!
This week in your training, we are working on body position, a common problem area for people trying to progress their swimming. As we have mentioned over the last two weeks, body position is key, as it affects your whole stroke! There are many ways in which you can test your body position, to see if you are floating or sinking! This can be done through simple float drills such as starfish, mushroom and pencil float, take a look at our floating demonstrations here! You will notice that any elevation of your upper body, will automatically cause your lower body to sink in the water. Play around with these drills at the start of your sessions this week, getting into the habit of holding the correct body position, before heading into full swim!
TOP TIP: To Obtain the Correct Body Position:
– Keep your head and neck in a neutral position, so that your face is pointing towards the bottom of the pool – not looking forwards or tucking your chin into your chest, but rather in a middle, neutral position.
– Keep a straight line down the back of your body, that runs from your head, right to your ankles. Remember to squeeze your stomach, bottom and legs! This will ensure that you keep on top of the water surface instead of sinking!
– Apply light but constant pressure with your chest into the water, to keep your hips high in the water.
If you missed this first round of clinics, look out for our February round, these will be open for booking on February 16th at 7am, but be quick as they fill up fast! Clinics are free, but only open to those fully registered, you can complete registration via your dashboard by selecting your event pool and filling in your details. For more information, check out our signup and registration guide and short demo video!
If you have been experiencing difficulties with sign up/login/training programmes please try our trouble shooting steps under our guide linked above!
Don’t forget to send us a picture with #SFAMSelfie on Twitter this week for a chance to win a sparkly new pair of goggles for the big day!
Body Position, Breathing and Backstroke!
We have our first round of technique clinics occurring this weekend in Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin. These clinics are led by former Internati ...
The first two weeks of training should help you understand some of the basic swimming concepts and become more familiar with the ever-growing swimming terminology! For instance, this week we are working on the “grip and feel of the water”, now we must admit, this sounds like some sort of water-whisperer type nonsense! However, it’s exactly what we mean! There are certain points in the stroke, that we want to use the resistance of the water to push us forward, we do this by literallygrabbing the water and pushing our bodies past this grab point!
TOP TIP: The slightest change of angle with your hand can completely change the direction in which you move, therefore you must focus on the catch position. To find the catch position, think of how your hands look when you scull, likewise to find the scull position, place your hands on your cheeks, you will notice that this forces a subtle cupped position – apply this with a stiff wrist and you have your catch position!
Introducing The Four Phases of a Single Freestyle Stroke:
- Hand Entry: Your hand should enter in line with your shoulder to prevent crossing over your centre line – this is an imaginary line down the middle of your body, which you should never cross! The reason we stay outside of this line, is to ensure that all your energy is going into moving forward. If you cross the centre line, you are applying force to the side, meaning the propulsion you receive will be to the opposite side, creating that well known snake motioned stroke. We want to push back to move forwards!
- The Catch: This occurs immediately after your hand enters the water. The catch is basically a small scull pushing down into the water, however it is called the catch, as you are literally trying to catch or grab the water, to use the resistance to push you forward during the underwater pull. This is one of the rare occasions where we want to have water resistance!
- Underwater Pull: This can be further broken down into the initial downward phase and the latter backwards phase. Initially you want to push your palm and forearm down into the water WHILE keeping your elbow at the surface, to create a greater surface area in which to grip the water. Once your hand passes the line of your chest, you begin to rotate your body in the direction of your stroke arm, keeping your hand close to your trunk, explosively push past your hip until your hand exists the water.
- The Recovery: The recovery, as suggested by its name is the relaxed part of the stroke! Its purpose is to get your hand from the exit position back to its entry position. Just remember to keep your elbow high in the air and pointing to the ceiling WHILE your hand stays directly below. This ensures that your hand is in the perfect position, ready for the catch!
Week two of your training programme is now available within your dashboard! Depending on individualSFAM event days, our associated pools are beginning their training at different times – so don’t panic if you haven’t started yet!
If you haven’t done so already login to your dashboardand register your place for a SFAM event day and gain access to our first round of technique clinics taking place at the end of this month!
Don’t forget to update us on your weekly progress using #SFAM
Good luck and enjoy!
Swim For a Mile Team
The Break Down of Freestyle!
The first two weeks of training should help you understand some of the basic swimming concepts and become more familiar with the ever-growing swimming terminol ...
It is time to start your Swim For a Mile (SFAM) training, week 1 now available! Click through to your SFAM Dashboard, to download your first week of training sessions.If you hope to attend our SFAM training, don’t forget to check when your local pool begins their coached sessions and if you need to book in advance.
This week, we are starting with the basics, looking at some of the fundamental swimming skills like sculling, kicking and breathing! Both 800m and 1600m programmes are the same this week as we all need to know these important swimming skills! Take your time through each drill and really focus on how your body interacts with the water as you swim, this week is all about feeling that water!
This starts your 10-week training programme, each week you will grow stronger and more confident and before you know it, you will be arriving at your event venue to swim the 800m or the mile in March or April!
If you haven’t already registered your event venue head over to your dashboard and pick your pool to avail of our early bird special, simply enter #EARLYBIRD for a €5 discount. Once you have fully registered you will gain access to the first round of SFAM Technique Clinics, taking place at the end of January, make sure to keep an eye out for our invitational email as clinic spaces fill up fast!
For more information on registration watch our informational video!
Let’s wash out the Christmas and New year festivities and make it a #FunFit2018 by taking the plunge into Swim For a Mile!
Enjoy your first week and let us know how you get on via Twitter and Facebook – Happy Swimming!
Swim For a Mile Team
Welcome to Week One!
It is time to start your Swim For a Mile (SFAM) training, week 1 now available! Click through to your SFAM Dashboard, to download your first week of training ses ...
This guide will show you how to create a free account and register for the Swim for a Mile Challenge in three easy steps. The video below is the animated version and a text version is below if you scroll down.
STEP 1Signing up is easy. Simply click the signup link on the top menu bar (top of this page) or click here which lets you create a free account with swimforamile.com. Then lookout for the activation email and click the link in this mail. Sometimes with so many different email companies and providers, the activation email might get hidden inside your junk or spam folder so be sure to check these folders if you haven’t received it after a few minutes.If you do not receive an activation email then your provider may have blocked the email so please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org providing your full name and email address that you registered with.
STEP 2Once successfully activated, you can now go to the website and login using your details you registered with (your email address & chosen password). This will bring you to your personal dashboard where you can edit details of your account. From here the next step is to select a free training programme. You can choose the 1 x 600m format or the 1 x 800m format. These are training programmes aimed at getting you fit and confident for the Swim for a Mile Challenge in March 2018. To select your training, click on the Select Programme button and then choose either 1600m or 800m option and click save. You’ll receive our exclusive training programme which you can download every week helping you to get in the best shape for the challenge. Your free training programme will now appear in your dashboard every Friday so you can download it. An email will be sent to remind you of this.Please note you must choose a training format first in order to register your place in the Swim for a Mile Challenge.
STEP 3Now that you’ve chosen your training format, you can click the register button in the Challenge Registration box, browse and select a local pool near you. This lets you choose the pool that you want and at a time-slot that suits you best and at an estimated time period that suits your ability. The fee for taking part in the challenge is just €30. You’ll also have access to coached training sessions in selected pools where you can take part in training which is reserved exclusively for Swim for a Mile members see the training schedules for more info. Once you have signed up for your challenge you’ll have the chance to attend our expert-led Coaching Clinics at selected pools, which you can book your place for via your dashboard 10 days prior.These clinics are coached by Professional Irish Swimmers and are a great opportunity to get feedback and advice on your training.
GUIDE: How to signup for Swim for a Mile
This guide will show you how to create a free account and register for the Swim for a Mile Challenge in three easy steps. The video below is the animated vers ...
2000 people joined us last year to take up the SFAM Challenge. This year we welcome you all back, together with any new comers that may join us for SFAM 2018.
If you are new to SFAM, you are in for a treat! I can guarantee that over your cosy, food filled, Christmas and New Year festivities, there will come a moment, that you will panic and think “Crap. I am going to pay for this” Well, we have THE solution for you!
The SFAM Challenge involves a 10-week programme of fun, sociable and encouraging training. It is open to anyone over the age of 12yrs, who can comfortably swim two lengths of a swimming pool and we will get you to the mile!
Before you get intimidated, the programme starts extremely basic, focussing around the fundamental skills involved in swimming e.g. floating, sculling and kicking! Each week slowly progresses, allowing you to become more confident and more efficient with every stroke.
You can sign up for the free 10-week training programme by clicking here
The programme involves three sessions per week written by Swim Ireland and is designed in a way that enables you to train on your own or at our organised SFAM training sessions at a pool near you.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your swim gear and meet us at poolside for an exciting 10 weeks!
Swim For a Mile 2018 – We are Back!
2000 people joined us last year to take up the SFAM Challenge. This year we welcome you all back, together with any new comers that may join us for SFAM 2018. ...
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