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
Hit the Open Water!

Hit the Open Water!

SwimLabs’ Open Water Training at Grant Ranch On any given Tuesday, Thursday, or weekend morning through September 10, swimmers can watch the sun rise from the calm water at Grant Ranch. Cheerful colored caps bob up and down as athletes acclimate to the water, which will steadily warm throughout the summer. Swimmers take advantage of the motorboat-free course and bright orange swim buoys to train for triathlons or open water races, or to vary their regular workout routine. Grant Ranch offers two courses, a .5 mile triangle or a 1.2 mile loop. As Ironman participant and English Channel swimmer, Dr. Laura Borgelt, noted in our Open Water Panel discussion, a workout in open water is worth more than the... read more
Celebrate National Water Safety Month in May

Celebrate National Water Safety Month in May

CELEBRATE NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH IN MAY! Not only does May offer longer days with more sunshine and warmer temps, but this is also National Water Safety Month! This is a topic we are passionate about, as the staff at SwimLabs is devoted to teaching swimmers in a successful, innovative and fun environment to learn swimming correctly, safely and confidently. In Utah, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 1-14. According to the State of Utah, child drowning deaths typically fall into one of three patterns: Toddlers (Age 1-4) who are unsupervised and wander away from family Teens swimming in reservoirs or lakes with friends or family Infants left unattended in bathtubs  In declaring... read more
Customer Stories: Improving Technique and Gaining Confidence

Customer Stories: Improving Technique and Gaining Confidence

Hello everyone and welcome to the SwimLabs blog! Over the course of the next few months we will be bringing you some fun content, featuring articles on: technique, training, interviews with Olympians and highlighting some powerful customer stories within SwimLabs. Today’s feature will be highlighting the topic of “improving technique and self confidence” in swimming. This topic is becoming more and more talked about as we begin to see that there is a fine balance between having good technique and a positive self-image. Many of you know of SwimLabs as the “high tech” private swim lesson program where you can get one on one coaching, underwater video and continued technical development over the course of your swimming career. However,... read more
SwimLabs Sandy

SwimLabs Sandy

With the arrival of SwimLabs in Sandy, Utah in late December 2015, becoming a safer and faster swimmer just got a whole lot easier. SwimLabs Sandy, owned by Utah native Kyle Lambson and operated by former professional triathlete Heath Thurston, promises to provide a unique swimming environment for swimmers of all ages. From learn-to-swim to Olympians, and everything in between, SwimLabs Sandy is changing the current of the swim school world. Relying on the controlled environment of warm and small constant current pools, SwimLabs Sandy employs certified adult coaches who are never more than a few feet away from clientele. This ideal setting is fortified with the latest in high-tech swimming software, which trained instructors use to provide instant... read more