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From Brick Layer to the Collins Cup - Kyle Smith's rise

Posted by Mark Hayward, Sway Communications on 28th Aug 2021

From Brick Layer to the Collins Cup - Kyle Smith's rise
Kyle Smith is thrilled and honoured with his selection for the Collins Cup alongside 35 of the best athletes in the worldJust eight months ago, Kyle Smith was funding his love of sport as a bricklayer. Having won multiple 70.3 distance triathlon races and XTERRA races whilst breaking course records, Kyle has now been selected to represent “the rest of the world” at the Collins Cup to do battle with Europe and America’s best athletes. Born and raised in Taupo, Kyle has been developing as a
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The Athlete Approved Guide to Snorkels

Posted by Bobby Savulich, Athlete Approved on 13th Jul 2021

The Athlete Approved Guide to Snorkels
WHO SHOULD USE A SNORKELThe answer is all swimmers. Over the past two decades, snorkels for lap swimming are commonplace at the pool. Everyone from beginner to advanced swimmers should be use a snorkel. They are also helpful for swimmers with injuries.Freestyle side breathing can be tough for a brand new swimmer! Beginner swimmers who have yet to master breathing find comfort in knowing they can breathe freely with a snorkel.Beginner swimmers should use it to learn their optimal body line and wo
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Swim Fins: Everything you wanted to know about training with Fins!

Posted by Olivier Poirier-Leroy, Former Canadian national level swimmer and author. on 28th Jun 2021

Swim Fins: Everything you wanted to know about training with Fins!
The swimmer’s guide to swim fins: when to use them and how to pick out a pair that matches your goals in the water. Training with fins is simply the best.You get to experience speeds that your heroes swim at (or faster). Being able to power through the water at a velocity that you can only dream about doing with regular swimming is intoxicating, and a top reason why we all scramble for them the moment coach scrawls “w. fins” on the whiteboard.But training with fins is more than just going really
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HOW TO AVOID COMMON SWIMMING INJURIES

Posted by Nicholas Townsend, courtesy of Simplyswim on 22nd Jun 2021

HOW TO AVOID COMMON SWIMMING INJURIES
Swimming has long been regarded as one of the safest sports to participate in and it is considered a fantastic way to rehabilitate from major injuries and introduce your body back into physical exertion in a safe environment. However, as with most sports, swimming is an activity which can lead to injuries, not only at a competitive and professional standard but also amongst leisure swimmers. Here is a list of the most frequently injured body parts caused by swimming and some suggestions on how t
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The Athlete Approved Swimmer's Guide to using Hand Paddles

Posted by Athlete Approved on 15th Jun 2021

The  Athlete Approved Swimmer's Guide to using Hand Paddles
Why you should use Paddles for Lap SwimmingBuild Upper Body StrengthSimilarly to how fins are used to focus on your lower body, paddles are used to focus on your upper body.There are few cardio exercises that can work the upper body like swimming. Adding a pair of paddles will only help focus more on building arm, back, and chest strength.Swimmers should be careful not to overdo it with paddles. The most common injury in swimming are shoulder injuries. If you have a flaw in your technique or pre
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