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
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