Sunday, December 27, 2015

Resources for Athletes and Coaches

New resources page for athletes and coaches. These are products I use and recommend in my coaching. Check back for updates:

Resources for Athletes and Coaches

Swimming Tools

Finis Agility PaddlesFinis Agility Paddles 
These paddles were discussed on the Swim Myth Busting Podcastthey are ideal for learning an effective catch, where you must press on the water effectively in the correct way. Medium is the right size for most athletes, small for small hands or larger for a different stimulus. 
Smaller versions of the agility paddles: a good second paddle in the tool kit.
Recommended basic flat paddles. Remove the wrist strap.
Finis Pulling Ankle Strap 
A fancy ankle band: you can make a band out of a inner tube, or buy one of these.
Finis Bolster Paddles - Yellow 
These paddles don't allow your wrist to break. They require some commitment to be effective.
Speedo Elite Pullbuoy or Finis Foam Pull Buoy
Basic pull buoys, either will work, nothing fancy.
Finis Swim Parachute - Red 
A drag tool - teaches effective catch. Most swimmers should tie a knot before the chute to lessen the drag from 'stock'.
Finis Dry Land Cord 
Pre-swim dry land training to set up high elbow catch neuro-muscular patterning.
Finis Adult Zoomers Gold
Minimalist swim fins


The Science of Winning: Planning, Periodizing and Optimizing Swim Training Kindle Edition
An excellent resource to understand the balance between energy systems.
Meditations (Illustrated) by Marcus Aurelius
The greatest book ever written?
Once a Runner: A Novel
Fictional novel, perhaps the best book ever written about the process of running.

Coaching Essentials

The standard black notebook every coach requires.
SEIKO SVAS003 Swimming Master Stopwatch
Expensive but the gold standard.
Kindle Voyage 3G
Every good coach reads continuously. Get the best distraction free e-reader.
AeroPress Coffee Maker
Essential for the travelling coach and athlete. Bring your own quality beans.