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Swim

3 Steps to Faster and Easier Swimming: Skill (Part II)

freestyle swimming skills for faster and easier swimming technique

This 3-part blog series was contributed by triathlon swim coach Andrew Sheaff of Mastering Flow. Andrew specializes in swim skill development for athletes of all levels. This is Part II of the series. In my previous article, I laid out a 3-step framework to simplify the process of improving your swimming.  To swim faster and easier- Learn to get comfortable in the water Learn the key skills in freestyle Train to be able to sustain these skills Using this framework, you can establish the foundation for swimming success, learn the most important freestyle skills, and train in a way that allows… Read More »

5 Tips to Maximize Your Swim Training When Time Crunched

time crunched swim

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise that can provide a full-body workout, improve cardiovascular health, and increase muscle strength and endurance. For triathletes, swimming also requires attention to detail and technique. However, many people struggle to fit swim training into their busy schedules. If you’re crunched for time but still want to maximize your swim training, there are a few strategies you can use to make the most of your limited time in (and out of) the pool.   1. Set Clear Goals Before you start your swim training, take some time to think about what you want to… Read More »


Bike

Why Get a Rocker Plate for Indoor Bike Training?

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Benefits of rocker plates (plus three product recommendations) Anyone who’s experienced the rigid feeling of riding an indoor trainer will appreciate the benefits of a rocker plate. As the name implies, a rocker plate is a platform that allows the bike to rock from side to side (or to and fro) replicating the natural movement of riding outdoors. Cycling rocker plates have become a staple for indoor bike training. In addition to a smoother, more natural cycling experience, rockers help take the pressure off joints while encouraging greater activation of stabilizers and core muscles. Not only are there several products… Read More »

How Much Does Bike Weight Matter?

how much does bike weight matter with climbing

Triathlon is a highly competitive sport. When it comes to improving your times, there are many ways you can go about it. You can train harder by structuring your training or using a coach, cross-train by hitting the gym and getting strength and conditioning in or get technical advice on your form.  If you’re looking for an easy, quick fix to shave some time off your race, many people consider upgrading equipment, and many triathletes go down the route of a lighter bike. We are often asked does bike weight actually make that much difference?  In this article, we’ll discuss… Read More »


Run

How To Make Winter Running More Enjoyable

winter running

The nights are getting longer. When your alarm goes off, it’s freezing, it feels like the middle of the night. The thought of getting out of those cozy covers and into your running shoes just isn’t very appealing.  You’re not alone in avoiding winter running. Studies from the Journal of Sport and Health Science show that many summer gym rats turn into winter hibernators when temperatures dip.  But we’re going to help you move against the grain. Sure, winter exercise isn’t quite as fun as when the sun’s out, yet there are ways to make running more enjoyable. Here’s how. … Read More »

7 Ways to Become a Morning Runner

morning running

There are two types of people in this world: those who lead a healthy lifestyle and those who prefer to stay away from it. If you’re reading this blog post, you’re definitely the first type.  There are many things people take up as hobbies, and running is one of them. It not only makes you feel and look good but also keeps your mind sharp and concentrated.  Running before most people open their eyes can set you up for the day mentally and physically. It gives you more energy, improves productivity, and burns fat. Whether you want to lose weight… Read More »


Recovery

How Physiotherapy Can Help Athletes: The Ultimate Guide

Sport Physiotherapy for Athlete

Athletes train or perform intensely, which may lead to specific injuries. In a 2021 study, 40.4% of the participant reported sports injuries. These injuries could range from minor ankle sprains or knee pain to concussions or brain injuries.  Whether you’re an amateur or professional athlete, there’s a high chance that your body will get affected due to constant physical activity because you often find yourself training for a marathon. Many athletes have been sidelined in different games, seasons, and careers because of injuries.  Because of this, athletes need to undergo treatment, such as physiotherapy. This can help you achieve your… Read More »

5 Best-Tasting Stevia-Free Protein Powders

The Best Tasting Stevia-Free Protein Powder is Orgain Simple Protein

Stevia has become a popular, no-calorie sweetener that’s derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. Because it’s naturally sweet and has zero calories, stevia has become a common ingredient and sweetening agent in various protein powders and other nutritional supplements.  Stevia is a natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose. Stevia also has a relatively low glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels.   High Demand for Protein Powder without Stevia Despite it being a nutritionally sound alternative to conventional sweeteners, some people find that stevia has a slightly… Read More »


Reviews

Garmin Forerunner 945: Is it Worth the Hype? [2023]

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This Garmin Forerunner 945 review was contributed by Evander Nelson, NASM-certified personal trainer and kickboxer. Starting to lose motivation because you don’t see the expected progress in your fitness journey? I know I was. I used to keep track of everything in Excel sheets, but it was boring and took a lot of time. That’s when I discovered the Garmin Forerunner 945. It’s like having a personal trainer on your wrist. It tracks your progress, provides personalized coaching, and helps you achieve your goals in record time. With the Forerunner, I helped my client reach their 6-month goal in just… Read More »

What’s the Best Smart Trainer for Indoor Cycling?

my best bike trainer choice: wahoo kickr

10 Direct-Drive Smart Trainers for Zwift, Rouvy, TrainerRoad, and More Leveling up from the classic fluid bike trainer, direct-drive smart trainers have become a popular investment for cyclists and triathletes. A smart trainer provides an interactive and lifelike cycling experience that closely mimics the elevation changes and ride feel of the road. “There is no doubt that using a smart trainer has major advantages with platforms like Zwift, Rouvy, and FulGaz.” says Jeff Lukich, head coach of Drive Multisport performance endurance coaching. “You can train on many Ironman courses with Rouvy and FulGaz, and plan training rides on Zwift to… Read More »


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