Triathlon Swim Training

Triathlon swim training is often the least natural aspect of triathlon training. Most people have never been properly trained in swimming technique. In this section you'll learn about the different types of triathlon swim training.

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How to Increase Your Swimming Speed

Practiced swimmers seem magically better than the rest of us at gliding through the water. Olympian swimmers seem almost to defy physics. What do great swimmers do differently from the rest of us?


How Negative Split Swimming Works

If you enter a swimming race, you probably want to give 100 percent the entire time, right? Some coaches don't think so. Negative split swimming involves finishing the second half of a race faster than the first.

How Open Water Swimming Works

Humans have been swimming in lakes and oceans far longer than they've been swimming in pools, and there remains a certain primal attraction to open water swimming. A far cry from clean, orderly time trials -- open water swimming is a messy free-for-all of kicking feet and splashing arms.

How Swim Training Programs Work

As swimming grows in popularity as a sport, so do the number of swim training programs. But how do you know which program to choose for your particular needs?

How to Breathe in Freestyle Swimming

Freestyle swimming is not only good fun, it's also great exercise. But getting the breathing down can be tricky. Here's a how-to for all you budding Michael Phelpses out there.

How to Dolphin Dive

A bad dive off the blocks during a swimming race can cost you valuable seconds. It may even cost you the race. But do you know the best way to dive into a shallow river or lake while running a triathlon?

How to Flip Turn

If you're training for the swimming portion of a triathlon in an indoor pool, it could seem unnecessary to perform a flip turn. But even though you might not use them during a triathlon, flip turns can actually help triathletes during training.

How to Get a Fast Triathlon Swim Start

The swimming section of the triathlon is most people's weakest spot -- that's why it comes first in the big race, before cycling and running. How can you get a good start and surge ahead of the pack?

How to Improve Your Swim Stroke

There are a number of ways to improve your swim stroke, but the best way is through stroke drills and practice. Even world-class swimmers continue to improve their swim strokes using these simple methods.

How to Increase Your Swimming Speed

Practiced swimmers seem magically better than the rest of us at gliding through the water. Olympian swimmers seem almost to defy physics. What do great swimmers do differently from the rest of us?

How to Train With a Pull Buoy

Swimmers hold pull buoys between their legs while training to stop themselves from kicking. This strengthens the muscles in their upper bodies. But how do you get used to training with a pull buoy?