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3 Secrets to Increasing Your Flexibility

Flexibility isn't about punishment but about freedom of movement.

Running Stretches-0044

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Improve Your Speed With This “Mental Illusion” Treadmill Workout

You can fool your brain to get your legs to run faster!
These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

These buttons can have a huge impact on your workout!

This treadmill workout isn’t fun but it is challenging and it not boring. So 2 outta 3 ain’t bad. Especially when you get results immediately.

New to running?  No problem. This workout works for slow joggers or walkers too! Just adjust the speeds to your level. Reduce the length of the warm-up and tempo.

The only difference between the novice and expert is how many times you push one button.

Unfortunately, the workout needs to be on a treadmill. It’s not that you can’t accomplish this workout out on the road, but I haven’t figured out how to get the same training effect. I think I know why.

We have too much control over our mind and not enough control over our terrain outside. The treadmill belt is a mechanical authority. Don’t do what it says and it’ll spit you out. We’ll never out wit a device plugged into a wall. A treadmill is not known for unconditional love:).

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The Anatomy of Discipline

This discipline dissection is designed to help you train your own Gazoo.

Anybody remember this guy?

Meet Gazoo! He’s your new best friend!

Gazoo and I became acquainted when I was a child watching the Flintstones cartoon. Gazoo is a little, flying, green martian that lands on my shoulder out of nowhere. Let’s just say I’m ying and he’s yang. He talks to me in my ear. He has a PhD in annoyance. Yet I’m so grateful for the little bugger. If it weren’t for him, well, there wouldn’t be a FITskitz- that’s for sure! Here’s a brief story to show Gazoo at work. Read more

Exercise Apathy

Even after years of working out, no one is immune to a break-in.

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Lately working out every morning has been a struggle. A mental battle with myself. I just don’t feel like heading to the gym, sweating, breathing hard, exerting myself. I just want to NOT DO IT! I yearn and plead with myself to do something other than work out. Read more

Hoo Rag

Skitz Pick

Simplicity works for the Hoo-Rag™!

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The Evolving Swimmer: Total Immersion

Total Immersion swimming has its place in the pool.

Welcome to Part VI of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I ~ V? Click here.

To conclude this series, I’ll introduce you to a method of swimming known as Total Immersion. Developed and promoted by Terry Laughlin, this unique approach can help evolving swimmers and triathletes become more comfortable in the water and swim with less effort.

If you’re out of breath every time you swim or you’re a “sinker,” this method is for you. There are pros and cons, some of which I’ll mention, but overall Laughlin’s swim methods will help you become more balanced and at ease in the water.

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The Evolving Swimmer- Workouts for Endurance

Focus on maintaining form over a longer interval to build up stamina and overall fitness.

Welcome to Part V of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. To view previous posts in the series, click here.

Endurance swimming is my favorite. I’m prone to zoning out mentally while I’m moving down the lane. Not so terrible except this practice lends itself to resuming old habits. Bad habits I’ve been working hard to eliminate.

For most of us non-experts, a balance of focus and daydreaming is necessary to swim a long distance without rest.

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The Evolving Swimmer- Workouts for Speed

Swim workouts should be more than just staring at a black line lap after lap.

Welcome to Part IV of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. To view previous posts in the series, click here.

Don’t like to swim because it’s too boring? Does the thought of endless laps staring at a black line make you cringe? You’re not alone.

Swimming laps can be tedious. There’s no finish line, no conversing with others, and no music or television. The good news is there are many ways to jazz up your swim sessions.

Here are some of my favorite hour long swim workouts that keep me engaged, having fun, and improving my stroke.

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The Evolving Swimmer: Drill It

Drills get a bad wrap but they actually bring focus and break up the monotony of a swim workout.

Welcome to Part III of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I & II? Click here.

Rarely do I complete a swim workout that doesn’t include a few drills. Drills address specific components of your stroke. Designed to improve your swim mechanics by breaking down the freestyle into elements. Drills help improve weaknesses and achieve better balance. They train your body to feel the water.

The goal, of course, is to perfect individual elements of your stroke so you can put them all together into a fast and efficient freestyle. Read more

The Evolving Swimmer: Smooth Strokes

It's much easier to master basic stroke technique in the beginning than try to correct bad habits later on.

Welcome to Part II of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I? Click here.

I learned to swim as a toddler. The younger you are when you first venture into water, the more comfortable you’ll be swimming as an adult. If you swam as a child but haven’t been in the water in years, have no fear as you’ll be at ease again quickly. Remember getting comfortable comes first!

Today I will reveal the number one best instructional swim site. It won’t replace one-on-one swim coaching but it comes close. Seeing is believing and this site is very visual!

I originally learned American Red Cross swimming techniques, methods I think are outdated now. I engaged in a 6 hour one-on-one private lesson with a top British swim coach of the Total Immersion school of swimming (in one day) which I will review later in this series. My stroke has been evaluated by 7 different swim coaches. Let’s just say I’ve been around the pool a few times and am here to share a few universal habits of good freestyle technique.
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