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Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. We cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.
 
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00:58 Swimming Background 01:53 Joining Ironman After A Heart Attack 04:57 "Never Did Any Freestyle" 11:05 Comparing Strokes From A Month Ago 12:04 Finding The Right Balance With Your Stroke (Sweet Spot) 14:12 Not Power But Technique 14:30 "You Don't Know What You Don't Know" 16:05 Breaking It Down (Focus On One Thing At A Time)…
 
Here's the third installment of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam discussed what really is Deep Core, the muscles that are involved in strengthening the deep core, and some exercised to improve it. 1:11 What Is Deep Core? 3:17 Stability Of Pelvis 4:11 Inter-Abdominal Pressure 6:40 Crossfitters Destroying Their Joints and Bac…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam talked about the importance of having ankle strength and flexibility; and how can you improve your stiff ankles. 04:36 Why Underwater Dolphin Kick? 05:36 Ankle Strength And Flexibility 07:04 Range And Strength 09:21 How Do You Improve Range And Strength? 12:39 Need To Ha…
 
Sam Fenton is the High-Performance Manager of Control High Performance, he has been involved with sports for close to 20 years now and is in charge of Strength and Conditioning/ Performance programs. Sam will be joining us for a three-part podcast, for the next episodes, Sam and I will be talking about: Part 2:Transforming Your Feet Into Propellors…
 
1:15 WHY? Total Body Force Swimming 3:50 do not focus on trying to feel the water 5:14 use whole body to create force 7:40 Bilateral breathing > Is bilateral breathing necessary? 9:21 TBF swimming gives both rhythm and balance > 12:08 straight arms recovery stroke 12:45 hand entry 13:15 head position 14:55 find the stroke that best suits you…
 
My guest in this episode is Ryan Twist, a Podiatrist from Bayswater Foot and Ankle Clinic. Anyone who is listening who wants to get into running or they have been running and they have found themselves injured, this episode is for you. 01:13 People Are Starting to Pick Up Running And Walking 02:49 What Are The Most Common Running Injuries? 04:56 Re…
 
Shawn is an Ironman triathlete based in Nova Scotia, Canada. A year ago, he started some changes in his stroke and in the course over the last year, he has effectively gone from a 2:25 per hundred pace down to 1:31 per hundred. Shawn will share how he has done that, what changes he's made to his stroke and how might incorporate this changes to your…
 
Melissa Urie is the first woman to complete 895km Uberman Ultra-Triathlon. In this podcast episode, she shares her experience during the race, doing training, and getting through the race with the use of mental strategies to survive the tough times. 5:22 Training For Uberman 10:23 The Power of A Positive Mindset 12:43 Proving Yourself That You Can …
 
Welcome back to another podcast episode! Today, I'll be sharing my top tips for making your open water swimming enjoyable and more challenging. Listen on in! 00:27 What Are the Drills You Can Do? 1:47 How to Break Down Or Structure An Open Water Swim 3:37 Don't Overthink It! 3:56 Overcome Open Water Swim Anxiety 5:55 Progressively Make Your Swimmin…
 
Welcome Back! Here in Australia, there are a couple of pools that have started to open, you can book individual lanes for a certain amount of time. So I thought of doing a podcast talking about the best ways to get back to training once your pool has opened. 00:55 Time Frame 01:54 How Many Sessions? 02:52 What Will You Experience? 04:19 What Type O…
 
In today's episode, we sat down with the author of the book Your New Prime, and promoter of men's health and wellness, Craig Cooper! We talked about the active approach to maintaining your physical and mental health as you age, how to get out of complacency, and how to start thriving and making steady forward progress in life. 3:40 Passion For Heal…
 
In today's episode, we are joined by a lifelong trainer and athlete Andrew Read as he talks about his program 28-day Challenge. Andrew talks through how important going back to the basics is and some of the necessary skills to influence your success at living a healthy lifestyle. 4:19 Creating A Mindset Component 5:32 Going Back To The Basics Matte…
 
We are joined by Dr. Greg Wells who is the author of the book Rest, Refocus, Recharge. We discussed some of the things that are discussed in his book. He shares some strategies on why doing less will actually achieve more, how to stop reacting to things and be more deliberate, taking full control of your love, refocusing your attention and how you …
 
Marc Evans joins us in this episode to talk about the possible things you can do at your home during these times. In this episode, Marc discussed maintaining the feel of the water, the importance of mobility, stability, and flexibility. 00:38 Triathletes In Motion 02:40 It's Not The Strongest Athlete That Wins The Gold Medals 06:19 Functional Stren…
 
Tim Ballantine is a full-time endurance coach and the owner of Koa Sports. In this episode, he shares about being a coach, finding your passion, not having all the answers and intensity in training. 02:56 Coaching Philosophy 05:30 "You've Got To Find What Works For You" 06:17 You Can't Be All Things To All People 07:01 "It's Not The Words, It's How…
 
Dan Smith joins us in this episode as he talks about his swimming, drug addiction, building character and his road to redemption. 01:28 Swimming Life As A Youngster 03:41 Burnt Out At The Age Of 14 04:46 It Was More Of An Escape For Me 05:44 What Would I Pass On To My Kids 08:38 I Am Not Defined What I Used To Be Or What I Should Be 09:53 2016 Rio …
 
00:43 Jason's Background 03:51 Dealing With Missing Out On Olympics 07:15 Being Comfortable With The New You 09:04 Without Swimming, I Wouldn't Be Able To Grow Into The Person That I Am Now" 09:49 Planting A Seed 10:48 Performing Best When The Pressure Is On 16:01 Swimming Is A Sport Where You Operate With Calmness 18:09 Becoming More Of Yourself 1…
 
01:50 Working On Soft Skills 02:44 It Comes Down To The Way They Do What They Do 03:58 Vibe And Connection Among People 05:23 Building A Team Culture 07:10 What Does Your Values Look Like? 09:00 Identfying The Actual Behaviors That Will Say "This is Who We Are" 10:05 Responsibility Is About Me, Accountability Is About Me 12:26 Love, Care And Consid…
 
My guest on today's podcast is Stephen Jackson who first attended a clinic in 2017. At the time he was a 2:20/100m swimmer, and over the course of the last few years he's been able to move into the 1:40/100m range. In this episode, you'll learn what to expect as you progress in your swimming journey and how you can find continual improvement in you…
 
Eney Jones is coming back for the third time to share what she has been working with recently and about trying a different approach for triathletes who needs help with their swimming. 01:31 Origin Of Phrases That Swim Coaches Have Used 08:26 Core Connection 10:18 Working With Triathletes 12:43 The Mental Aspect 13:41 Aloha! 15:54 Alternate Ego 17:2…
 
Our guest today is Harriet Brown who is a World Ironwoman Champion, NutriGrain Ironwoman Series Champion, Australian Team Captain and Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board Champion. 01:26 Underwater Filming 03:10 Injury During Championship 05:14 Being Out For The Whole Season 07:18 Exercise Makes You Happy 07:51 Injury As A Positive Experience 08:54 Having …
 
As we end a wonderful year, here’s a collection of the best podcast snippets for 2019. Enjoy! 00:19 Do Not Overthink 02:04 Flexibility 05:02 Stroke Changes In Open Water 08:12 "I Can't Do That, I Am Spontaneous" 12:26 Breathing Exercises During Downtime 15:17 Locking Changes as a Habit 18:19 Serape Effect on Freestyle 20:43 Don't Get Too Caught Up …
 
Coming back as a guest is Garry Hurring who is a former Olympic swimmer and Olympic coach. Gary has coached with as in our Hell Week Camp in Thanyapura, Thailand. Here are the things we talked about: 01:15 Hell Week Camp At Thanyapura 03:26 Common Things Observed From Swimmers At Hell Week 07:05 There's No Advise That's Going To Fit For Everyone 07…
 
Our guest for today's episode is Sam Penny who is the first person who attempted to swim the English in winter. In this episode, we talked about Sam's training, strategy and his journey in crossing the English Channel. 00:52 The Swim 08:40 We Had No Idea What Was Going To Come 10:07 Shutting Your Mind Down 11:19 Hypothermia Setting In 17:21 Swim St…
 
Our guest today is Baden Schaff, who is a PGA pro in golf, and he is also the co-creator of Skillest. Now you might've heard me talk about Skillest, this is the app that we use at our clinics and at our camps, to help analyze swimmers strokes and also just to really show them what they're doing under the water. And for me, this is an app that is co…
 
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