The Transition From Athlete to Coach with Sam Ashby

The Transition From Athlete to Coach with Sam Ashby

In this episode of the Effortless Swimming Podcast we have former Australian swimmer turned coach, Sam Ashby. Sam made the Australian swim team in 2011 and competed at the World Championships. Today he coaches at MLC Aquatic in Melbourne. We explore the challenges of transitioning from racing to coaching, how your motivations change and why all athletes should take on a coaching role to develop their swimming. 00:50 – Sam’s Swimming Background 03:45 – Exploring Life Outside of Swimming 04:44 – On giving back… 09:45 – Guess who’s a big kid? 12:40 – “If I had the opportunity, I’d still be swimming now.” 18:28 – Why You Have To Swim Really Sloppy 19:25 – When the pain starts to overtake your brain… 26:44 – The Coach’s Role in Building Athlete’s Self-Confidence 30:32 – “I miss the camaraderie.” 32:22 – How Writing Can Help You Explore.

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Racing and Rhythm (Part 3 of 3)

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Racing and Rhythm (Part 3 of 3)

This is the 3rd episode in this 3-part series of interviews with swim coach Eney Jones. In this episode we’ll talk all about racing and rhythm in your freestyle. Let’s get into it! 00:45 – The Final Piece of The Puzzle 01:10 – On what Eney considers when looking for someone’s rhythm… 02:39 – Do a YouTube Search on Katie Ledecky 03:30 – Who Could Benefit From a Gallop in Their Stroke 04:38 – A Brilliant Alternative to Finis Tempo Trainer 07:10 – The Right Way, The Wrong Way and The Many Ways 10:37 – Easy Speed, Rhythm and the Power Phase 14:07 – Being Comfortable at threshold 19:49 – When Effortless is Hard Work 21:40 – Swimming nurtures you. Listen to the first two episodes here: Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Cues (Part 1 of 3) Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Gear and Toys (Part 2 of 3) Find out more about Eney Jones at EneyJones.com

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Gear and Toys (Part 2 of 3)

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Gear and Toys (Part 2 of 3)

This is part 2 of the 3-part podcast series that I’m doing with Eney Jones. In this episode, we’ll talk about gear and toys we can use to improve technique, rhythm and feel for the water. 01:00 – What’s inside Eney’s swimming bag? 03:00 – The Best Accessory You Can Have 03:40 – The Real Success In Sport 05:00 – You’ll Love The Eney Buoy 06:40 – Check out  Ameo Power Breather 08:50 – DMC Fins Are So Much Better 11:06 – Teaching Swimming is Like Teaching Dancing 14:30 – Hart Swimming Sponge To Develop Strength and Power 18:10 – Use Finis Tempo Trainer in Two Ways 21:16 – The Search for the Ultimate Goggles Also mentioned in this podcast were Engine Swim paddles. Watch out for the last episode of this 3-part series about Racing and Rhythm. If you haven’t listened to part 1 on Cues, click here…

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Cues (Part 1 of 3)

Faster Swimming Series with Eney Jones – Cues (Part 1 of 3)

In this 3-part series of The Effortless Swimming Podcast we have one our favourite swim coaches returning to join us, Eney Jones. In Part One, we talk about cues and analogies for faster swimming. In the second podcast, we’ll talk about gear and toys for faster swimming and the third podcast of this series is about racing and rhythm and how you can put everything together to get a better result in your triathlon or swimming race. 01:54 – The Importance of Cues and Analogies to Help Triathletes and Swimmers Improve 04:45 – Punching The Monkey and SuperHero Posture 06:50 – The Power Diamond 07:17 – When Fear, Nervousness and Panic Comes into Play 08:40 – Engaging The Stronger Muscles 11:40 – Short on time… 14:44 – The Importance of Different Connections 16:19 – Top Swimmers and Triathletes Have The Drive at The Front 17:32 – You Don’t Wake Up and Be Missy Franklin or Michael Phelps 17:51 – So Much Bad Swimming Happens in Slow Swimming Watch out for the 2nd episode of this series where Eney and Brenton explore what they have in their swimming bags and some toys that they like to use for training. Find out more about Eney at http://eneyjones.com/

The Psychology Of Performance with Grant Giles

The Psychology Of Performance with Grant Giles

In this episode, we have Level 3 triathlon coach and coach to many pros, Grant Giles. He works with a range of triathletes from Tim Van Berkel to Clayton Fettell. Grant specializes in the psychology of sports performance and how you can use mindfulness and other techniques to break through mental barriers. If you enjoy the mental game of sport, this episode is for you! 01:34 – Flashback 1987 04:21 – Grant’s Learning Process Through All These Years 07:34 – Athletes’ Biggest Challenges 10:50 – Does Visualization Work? 15:22 – Is Pain Actually Pain? 18:15 – Coaches Never Win 25:39 – Tune in to your body 31:37 – The Importance of Lifelong Enjoyment of Sport 37:30 – Aerobic Threshold Zone 43:56 – What really increases your speed and propulsion? To learn more about Giles and his work, visit www.aeromaxteam.com. If you missed out on attending our freestyle clinics, we’ve released more in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Melbourne for June and July. Click here for more details  

Navigating Big Life Changes with Kim Schwabenbauer

Navigating Big Life Changes with Kim Schwabenbauer

In this episode of The Effortless Swimming Podcast, we have Kim Schwabenbauer.  We recently had her as a guest and since the last podcast we had with her, she is now pregnant!  We talk about how it is to be a professional triathlete, to now being pregnant and what the future looks like for her. We also talk about a few things she is studying from her Master’s degree: immunity and diet  how athletes can avoid getting sick and keep themselves in top health 03:22 – On being 21 weeks pregnant 13:06 – How The Experience of Working With Athletes Help in Being a Parent 16:34 – “Having a baby is just like doing an ironman…” 20:14 – How Prolonged Exercise Will Wear Your Immunity 23:00 – The Complete Recipe For Disaster For Athletes 29:20 – When Is The Best Time For Beer? 33:44 – Fundamentals of High Level Training 43:30 – The Convenience of Using Formulated Products 50:20 – “The Bloody Mary Gel” I’ll be in the US this April running freestyle clinics. These clinics have been running for a couple of years in Australia. They’ve been really popular because of the results that swimmers and triathletes are getting. In these clinics, you’re filmed underwater and above the water and then given detailed analysis of your stroke to find areas you can improve and find speed. It’s

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