Olympian Jason Lezak Visits SwimLabs

Olympian Jason Lezak Visits SwimLabs

“I did not have a smooth journey to the top. I made plenty of mistakes- but I always learned from them.” Jason Lezak, eight-time Olympic medalist and owner of the fastest 100M free relay split of all-time, spent a day at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch on May 31. Lezak spoke to swimmers, parents and coaches about his unique journey before offering critique and feedback to swimmers and recording for the video library. Lezak started swimming at age five and swam until retirement at age 37. He attended four Olympic Games (2000 to 2012), held the American Record in the 100 free, and finished his Olympic career as the captain of the US Olympic swim team in 2012. But Lezak emphasized... read more
Dryland Before You Dive In

Dryland Before You Dive In

The Five Best Exercises to do Before Training Most of us swimmers know that when it comes to practice, if you’re not early, you’re late. Arriving early gives you the time you need to fix your goggles, put your cap on and catch up with your teammates. Most of us do some half hearted stretches and stare somewhat nervously at the blue abyss of the water (let’s be honest, we’re swimmers but we hate ACTUALLY getting in), but what if we could use that time to set ourselves up for a more successful practice? SwimLabs sat down with Avatus Stone, Director of Explosive Performance, one of the biggest sports performance training companies in the country, to find out how... read more
Searching for the Perfect Freestyle

Searching for the Perfect Freestyle

Searching for the Perfect Freestyle – The Key Technique Components and the Best Ways to Improve Freestyle—it’s the foundation of swimming and usually serves as the base of most of our training. It can sometimes seem easy to learn because we practice it so much. But what if we are doing it wrong or taking it for granted because it’s so “easy”? Is there a perfect freestyle we should all be reaching for? We sat down with SwimLabs’ Olympian instructor Kara Lynn Joyce and Biomechanics expert Trever Gray to figure out what the optimal freestyle is and how we can achieve it. First of all, it’s important to realize that one perfect stroke technique doesn’t exist. There’s no such... read more
Finding Your Optimal Tempo – It Matters!

Finding Your Optimal Tempo – It Matters!

Finding Your Optimal Tempo – It Matters! – Learn THREE ways you can find your optimal tempo and begin to train the way you want to race. As swimmers, we’re constantly working to improve our technique, speed and overall fitness. It’s a complicated equation, but we all have the same bottom line…we want to swim faster. Since understanding what optimal tempo means and how to train for it can unlock another level of speed and efficiency, SwimLabs is here to break it down for you. Simply put, tempo in the swimming world refers to how fast your arms and legs move. It’s your stroke rate. It’s a straightforward definition, but its execution can be much more complicated. Thinking about... read more