Why You Need A Coach If You Are Serious About Your Sport Plus A Swim Tip To Engage Your Lats


Hi folks,

There are many reasons to hire a coach, and it becomes increasingly important the more challenging or potentially risky the undertaking. The most important reason to have a coach is to protect you from yourself. Furthermore, a simple observation on your technique, along with appropriate advice, can make all the difference to your performance. Here is a short video clip showing how to engage your lats more effectively during freestyle swimming. It is all a matter of how you use your shoulder blades. My coach, Chris Haute, explained this to me over the phone recently (he probably told me before, several times, but I forgot!), and what a difference it makes in the water. I know that I will have to fine tune it for years, but at least I am aware of the issue.

My lats are still complaining about their workout today. Interestingly, Chris had me complete a solid weight workout in the gym just before my swim, which was only 2000 yards, and I really could feel a difference in the load on my lats. Furthermore, my final 50 was about 2 seconds faster than I expected. It pays to have a coach, but you have to pay attention Рnot always my fort̩, to which I am sure Chris can attest.

-k @FitOldDog


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.