Advice from the Best: Improve Your Sprinting

Advice from the Best: Improve Your Sprinting

By Dillon Virva (2016 Olympic Trials 50 Free Finalist, 22.06 lcm) When talking with sprinters, you will hear them describe swimming and racing as if they were art enthusiasts speaking about the Mona Lisa. They can describe every nuance of their race, down to the smallest movement or detail. The important thing to know about sprinting is that there is not just one way to sprint. However, the best sprinters in the world are able to hone in on that style, under extreme circumstances and pressure. With so many variations in styles and approaches to the splash and dash, I wanted to share three key factors that help me achieve success under pressure: Hyper-focus: Top-level sprinters have the ability... read more
Jason Lezak Clinic

Jason Lezak Clinic

We are excited to announce that SwimLabs Highlands Ranch will be hosting a freestyle clinic with 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Jason Lezak, on Wednesday, May 31st. The clinic is FULL but there are still 20 additional spots to come listen to Jason talk about his swimming career and his olympic experience before the clinic from 11:45-1:00. You must sign up in advance for this. SIGN UP NOW Clinic Details – CLINIC IS FULL WHO: Competitive swimmers ages 12+ COST: $150 per swimmer WHAT: A 3-hour freestyle clinic lead by Jason Lezak and will include: 1 hour of Jason speaking about his swimming experiences 2 hours of pool work in the tanks: Jason will guide swimmers through his favorite drills and make... read more
Missy Franklin Joins All-Star Lineup of Mentors for LEAD Sports Summit

Missy Franklin Joins All-Star Lineup of Mentors for LEAD Sports Summit

LEAD announced Franklin as the Special Guest Speaker and Mentor for the LEAD Sports Summit in Austin, Texas, September 2-4, 2017. Two-time Olympian and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin has joined the all-star lineup of mentors for the LEAD Sports Summit as a Special Guest Speaker and Mentor. The LEAD Sports Summit, founded by 3-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce, is the first leadership and empowerment summit for female teenage swimmers. LEAD, which stands for Leadership, Empowerment, and Athletic Development, gives female teenage swimmers the opportunity to learn leadership and communication skills from one of the most accomplished groups of female mentors ever assembled, including Kara, Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, confidence coach Christen Shefchunas, and nutritionist Jennifer Brunelli. “I’m honored... read more
Olympic Advice: 5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

Olympic Advice: 5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

As athletes, we hear the word goal all the time. It’s in our coaches’ speeches, our parents’ pep talks and it even lurks in our own minds. Goal is thrown around so much that the powerful meaning behind the word sometimes gets lost. It’s defined as the object of a person’s ambition and the desired results. It’s not only where you want to be but how you will actually get there. So how does a goal become more than a just a word but a part of everything we do? SwimLabs sat down with 2016 Olympic Triathlete Greg Billington for insight on best practices for goal setting. Greg describes his goals as “the objectives which inspire my training and... read more
Five Best Practices for Prelims and Finals Meets

Five Best Practices for Prelims and Finals Meets

December Champs season is upon us! On the National, Junior National and Age Group level – coaches and athletes have been preparing to swim fast over the next few weeks. For many of you, these meets will serve as a good indicator of how you are progressing in your training mid-season and include some very fast swimming! They also feature multiple back to back weekends of prelims and finals format – which as we all know – takes a huge physical and emotional toll on every athlete. It’s a very fun part of the sport, but there are certainly things we can all do to help achieve our best performance at every prelims and finals meet. The championship meet... read more