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To Improve, You MUST Accomplish This

If you want to improve your swimming, whether you want to swim faster, easier, or better, there’s one thing you must do.


And there’s no way around it.


It’s not just important, it’s foundational.


If you want progress, you have to create change.


Somehow, in some way, you need to do things differently.


What stays the same, stays the same.


Simple enough, but change is hard.


If it wasn’t, everyone would be accomplishing all of their goals in no time.


As a coach, I’ve had more than my fair share of challenges with creating change.


In fact, I used to be terrible about it.


Pretty quickly, I could see when athletes were making mistakes.


But I couldn’t use that knowledge to create better swimming.


I had no system for creating change in a reliable and consistent manner.


One of my friends is a strength coach at major university.


I was voicing my frustration to him and he said something that stopped me in my tracks.


He said, ‘Well, what’s your plan?’


That completely changed my perspective.


I realized I had none!


It was completely haphazard approach, and so were the results.


So, I started working to figure out a plan for success.


It took some time, but I got to the point where I could create change reliably and consistently.


While I’m going to go over the specifics later, I want to share that plan with you now.


Here’s what needs to happen to improve your swimming-

  1. Identify the most important skill to change

  2. Pick the most effective exercise(s) to learn that skill

  3. Design workouts that effectively facilitate learning

If you know the most important skill, you know the best exercises to learn that skill, and you how to best use those exercises, change is inevitable!


Sounds simple enough.


However, what if you don’t know which skills are most important?

What if you don’t know which exercises are going to be most effective?

What if you don’t know how to organize those exercises in an effective workout?


All of a sudden, a simple concept becomes a little more challenging to work with.


Fortunately, these questions have answers, and there are simple strategies for each step of the process.


To help you create change in your swimming, I’ll clue you in on what these strategies are, and how I developed each one.


I’ve given you the framework for creating change, and I’m going to show you how to make it come to life so that you can accomplish your goals.


Next time, I’ll show you why identifying the right skills to change is so important, and I’ll show you how to do it.


Keep it simple...


Andrew

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