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
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
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
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
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
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