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25 Common Mistakes That Swimmers Make That Undermines Their Training:
Thanks to 
Agustín Artiles Grijalba for contributing this story:

Under certain circumstances and in certain situations, the athletic aspirations that some swimmers may have are almost entirely dashed. They raise their hands to the sky and ask why oh why do the results they had hoped for elude them so, without fairly judging whether they genuinely made the necessary effort to achieve them or focused sufficiently on their training.

Below is a list of some of their most common mistakes:

  • Thinking that everything is done
  • Underestimating the competition
  • Abandoning targets after a poor performance
  • Letting study slide and leaving exam preparation for the day before
  • Overestimating your own individual talent and trusting too much in good luck
  • Leaving everything for the last minute
  • Seeking senseless excuses after a poor performance
  • Blaming poor results on your immediate surroundings
  • Faking an injury or illness when everything gets too much
  • Setting targets that are too high or impossible to achieve
  • Failing to attend training sessions
  • Not looking after your diet, not recovering properly, going to bed late and not sleeping enough to enable optimum athletic performance and health
  • Having a negative attitude
  • Not taking risks in certain situations
  • Failing to make the most of your abilities
  • Lack of humility
  • Avoiding dialogue with your coach when you disagree with something and then complaining behind their back
  • Believing you have to get good results in every competition and feeling bad, breaking down into tears and losing hope if you don’t, without realising there are ups and downs in all training processes, that you need to persevere and that even the best swimmers in the world make mistakes and perform poorly sometimes
  • Always having your mobile nearby while training
  • Doing things that can often lead to injury
  • Not knowing where your targets are leading you
  • Not warming up properly before a competition and failing to take care of the small details
  • Being unable to combine study and training when necessary

There are countless reasons for these mistakes, some of which I list below. For the most part, they can be avoided or their effects reduced.


  • Through a lack of awareness in the swimmer, they fail to stop and think about the possible consequences of certain decisions
  • Inadequate or a complete lack of information from the coach, who was incapable of properly warning or advising the athlete
  • Lack of interest
  • Lack of respect for rivals
  • Inability to accept responsibilities
  • Laziness
  • Lack of foresight
  • Fear of ridicule
  • Narrow-mindedness
  • Carelessness
  • Insecurity
  • Lack of self-analysis
  • Arrogance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of values


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Are You Training Both Hard and Smart?


The long term benefits of training hard in the pool are easy to list off:

  • Working hard in the pool means you are better prepared to swim faster when the next big meet comes around.
  • Working hard develops a mental toughness that can only be developed through experience and facing adversity.
  • Working hard in the pool consistently over stretches of time will make you more fit, more fast and more better looking than the competition.

But in a culture of “I want it right noooow” what are the immediate benefits of hard work?
Why should we commit to having an old-school work ethic if it is, in fact, old school?
Why can’t we just be new school and train “smarter”?
(Hint: it’s because if you want to swim really, really fast you need to train hard and smart. Despite what the interwebs and glossed out advertisements might tell you, there is no outsmarting hard work done intelligently.)

That being said, here are a few of the more immediate upsides you experience when you work your butt off at practice:
Hard work puts you in rarefied air.
It’s rewarding to accomplish something that few others have done.
I can remember a few test sets back in the day where swimmers in my lane and group began to fade away, one-by-one, dropping off and dropping out.
The fewer swimmers remained still clinging on, the more inspired to continue I became. The solitary nature of hard work and going further than everyone else is self-propelling.
And because not everyone was able to continue, it showed that not everyone was willing to do it, which made it have value.
It was something we could look back on with pride and enormous satisfaction because we went above and beyond what is typical or normal.

Hard work gives you a feeling of control.
There are some fairly critical things we don’t have control over in the water.
How fast the swimmer in the lane next to us swims, for one.
Which leaves us with the things we do have control over.
We can decide to put in a legit effort at practice, or we can decide not to. We can decide to focus on our technique, even when our body is dying of exhaustion of fatigue at the end of a long session of training, or we can decide not to.
Working hard gives you a sense of control that frees you from worrying about what others are doing in preparation to compete. When you know you have done the work, you can step up on the blocks knowing you have done all you can to swim at the peak of your abilities.

Working hard in the pool makes us identify with the sport.
When you work hard at completing something you gain a sense of identification and ownership with that thing.
You know the feeling: the first time you do a 200 fly and don’t completely die. Swimming a distance event and finding an extra surge of energy on the back half.

Here is a more complete example:
There is that one test set or workout you never look forward to doing.
You know, that one set that seems to just have your number no matter what you throw at it.
You always struggle with it, never go as fast as you’d like, and as a result don’t give it a top-notch effort. But then, one day you figure, “Screw this set,” and put your head down and smash through.
You do well, leave it all in the pool. You might not dominate it, heck, maybe you just survived it.
But walking away from practice that day you probably experienced a weird set of emotions:

A respect and appreciation for the set because it pushed you to new heights. And an identification with it that you didn’t have before.
Because you had to work hard at it, and you gave it an honest effort, it becomes a part of you, which erodes a lot of the trepidation you have of the set.

It’s the same feeling as mastering a new skill.
When something requires our best efforts we identify with it, and it becomes a part of us, something we can hang our hat on.

Will you work hard today?

Later today when coach is writing up the workout on the whiteboard, and you feel
yourself wanting to cower away, to hide in the shadows of your potential, remember these three simple reasons for giving today’s session everything you have.

You Will Be Successful In The Pool When....

Oh, hello!
Gonna keep it sweet and easily drinkable today.
You’ll be successful in the pool when…
You stop caring what other people think of your goals.
I know we all say that we don’t care what others say or think, but let’s be honest, we do.
We agonize over the opinions of others, wondering what they would think, what they might think about us.
Will they snicker and judge when we do an extra rep on our own at the end of a tough set? Will they whisper when we run stairs before practice? Or how about when we know we should be going to the gym to do our dryland, but feel embarrassed because we aren’t deadlifting 300 pounds and wearing fluorescent compression gear?
Think of it this way, if nobody was around, if there were no one to judge, what would you do?
Would you train harder?
Would you do the little extra things that separate good from great?
Would you dare to lead?
You’re willing to commit yourself.
Keeping one foot in, and one foot out is the safe way to go about your goals. By never fully investing yourself you avoid the risk of being disappointed if you don’t succeed. Instead, you are left with the false comfort of…
“I could have achieved such-and-such if I had really wanted to.”
Is that much better than giving your all and then coming up short?
Of course not.
You’ll never know what you are capable of until you make a legit effort at trying to achieve some sweet stuff.
You stop dreaming and you start doing.
Thinking about greatness is fun.
Heck, it’s addicting.
Sitting around planning, learning, endlessly strategizing might feel like you are making progress in a tangible way, but you aren’t until you are doing something.
Make no mistake, if you want to make an impact in the sport of swimming, whatever that means for you, you will need to be in a constant state of doing.
Of moving forward…
Of putting action to your dreams…
Of not only having goals, but of living them day in and day out.




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