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Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. We cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.
 
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My guest today is Hollie Buerckner who just completed a 100km around the bay, starting from Port Melbourne finishing in Sorrento. Join us in this podcast as Hollie shares her experience during that 5 day swim. 4:52 Having a great support system is important 7:27 Unlucky Weather 8:28 First To Last Day Experience 13:47 Struggles 21:59 Block Negative …
 
My guest today is Chung-Haun Li who has been on our Stroke Analysis Membership for 12 months. I have asked Chung-Haun to guest in our podcast to share his story and improvement for the last 12 months because he's had a pretty significant improvement with his time and technique. 01:14 12 Months Ago 02:29 I Didn't Know What's Wrong With My Stroke 05:…
 
Rebecca Hollingsworth recently swam across the Cook Strait. In this episode, she talks about how her preparation, training, and experience on that swim. 00:40 It's Supposed to be 23km 2:23 Training While Waiting For Another Window 5:00 Doing A Tandem Swim 8:42 Not Slowing Down 9:28 Cold Adaptation 11:08 Fuelling 14:35 After The Swim (Mental Toll)…
 
My guest today is John Hancock, the most recent person who successfully completed the Lake Taupo swim. 00:46 Lake Taupo 02:29 Deciding To Cross Lake Taupo and How Long is The Preparation 05:34 Is 2 Month Preparation Enough? 08:27 "As Long As You Can Keep Moving, You Will Get There" 09:53 Recovery 12:16 Thoughts While for 14 Hours 16:49 Positivity v…
 
In this episode, I want to talk about making your swimming effortless. I have been watching about Lionel Sanders, a professional triathlete has put up in his swimming recently which he has titled "Stop Sucking At Swimming" and he is basically trying to improve his swimming to be a front pack swimmer in his swim and not lose so much ground on his sw…
 
Do you only have one speed? In this episode, we are talking about developing your gears as a swimmer. If you want to develop your ability and your skills as a swimmer or as a triathlete, then it is going to really pay off to be able to adjust the effort you put in and the speed that you get back as a result of it. We are also talking about the comm…
 
I thought it might be useful through some of the things that I am tweaking, adjusting, and changing with my own swimming that you may find useful in your own swimming. 00:36 Changing Habits and Having a Good Routine 02:55 Starting The Day The Right Way 05:50 Training Harder and Longer Sessions 06:17 Expanding Skillset and Boundaries 10:03 Listening…
 
Pat Kelman is joined by British marathon swimmer and world record holder Beth French and BAFTA nominated film maker Stefan Stuckert to discuss their film AGAINST THE TIDES. Against the Tides is available on Demand from March 1st 2021 in the UK and the US. Details on www.againstthetidesfilm.com The film documents Beth's attempt to swim across seven …
 
In this episode, Chuck, who joined the Effortless Swimming Membership a couple of years ago, shares about his swimming experience, his hesitation in joining the membership, and how he has significantly improved over the years 01:06 Joining Effortless Swimming Membership 04:23 Putting Attention To More Important Things 08:52 It's all about "Reduce D…
 
This episode explores finding unusual lake and river spaces for cold water swimming with Laura Godtschalk, from "landlocked Leicester". In this conversation we talk about finding those unusual swimming spots and how to make sure you're swimming safely. We also take a detour into sea swimming with seals, and how in Australia seals are a great way to…
 
00:58 Swimming Background 01:53 Joining Ironman After A Heart Attack 04:57 "Never Did Any Freestyle" 11:05 Comparing Strokes From A Month Ago 12:04 Finding The Right Balance With Your Stroke (Sweet Spot) 14:12 Not Power But Technique 14:30 "You Don't Know What You Don't Know" 16:05 Breaking It Down (Focus On One Thing At A Time)…
 
This episode explores community and body confidence with Lisa Monger and Jenny Bier of the Leigh on Sea Bluetits chill swimming group. In this conversation we talk about the formation of the group, the philosophy behind the community and also have lots of fun talking about what it actually feels like to get into freezing cold water for pleasure. Ep…
 
This episode is positively bursting with swimming goodness. Pat Kelman is joined by Pauline Barker, known as Mama Bear to her numerous UK Facebook tribes, who is the creator of the hugely popular Polar Bear Challenge. In this conversation she talks about long distance cold water swimming, the origins of the challenge, the amazing communities she ha…
 
In this inspirational and exciting episode Pat Kelman is joined by Business Coach and cross-channel swimmer Claire Brumby. During a far-ranging conversation they talk about confidence, breaking out of comfort zones, swimming in a relay team from Dover to Calais, and Pat comes to terms with allowing listeners to hear more of "him" in the conversatio…
 
In this powerful and moving episode Pat Kelman is joined by Imogen Tinkler from Whitstable Blue Tits. During a far-ranging conversation they talk about travel, Imogen's swimming experiences, and also how her relationship with the water helped her deal with the loss of her daughter. Episode Topics Episode introduction [0:45] Welcome to Imogen [2:50]…
 
Here's the third installment of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam discussed what really is Deep Core, the muscles that are involved in strengthening the deep core, and some exercised to improve it. 1:11 What Is Deep Core? 3:17 Stability Of Pelvis 4:11 Inter-Abdominal Pressure 6:40 Crossfitters Destroying Their Joints and Bac…
 
A double interview episode featuring conversations with Sharky Sian, organiser of the Cornwall OWLS group, and with Kathy King from Wild Wonder and Wisdom. Recorded on location at Porthpean Beach in Cornwall, the conversations cover community building, using swimming to cope with illness, the Polar Bear Challenge, and using open water swimming as a…
 
Sarah Kennedy Norquoy is the author of the swimming memoir "Salt On My Skin", and she joins Pat Kelman in a compelling and entertaining conversation about cold water swimming, the process of writing, and processing emotion and grief. Join The Joy of Swimming Discussion Group to enter a competition to win one of five copies of Sarah's book. (ends Ja…
 
Pippa Best from Sea Soul Blessings joins Pat Kelman today for a wide-ranging conversation about the experience of connecting emotionally and spiritually with the water. In addition to all the wonderful resources Pippa gives for free, she has just launched monthly subscription for sea souls to "a year of sea and kindness" As Pippa says: "I'm so exci…
 
Katie Richards is a cold water swimmer based in Newquay, Cornwall. In this entertaining and informative conversation we discuss the growth of the activity in and around Cornwall, the community that has developed around it, swimminwimmin, and the benefits swimming in the sea brings her physically, mentally and emotionally. Episode Topics Episode int…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of our podcast episode with Sam Fenton. In this episode, Sam talked about the importance of having ankle strength and flexibility; and how can you improve your stiff ankles. 04:36 Why Underwater Dolphin Kick? 05:36 Ankle Strength And Flexibility 07:04 Range And Strength 09:21 How Do You Improve Range And Strength? 12:39 Need To Ha…
 
Sam Fenton is the High-Performance Manager of Control High Performance, he has been involved with sports for close to 20 years now and is in charge of Strength and Conditioning/ Performance programs. Sam will be joining us for a three-part podcast, for the next episodes, Sam and I will be talking about: Part 2:Transforming Your Feet Into Propellors…
 
1:15 WHY? Total Body Force Swimming 3:50 do not focus on trying to feel the water 5:14 use whole body to create force 7:40 Bilateral breathing > Is bilateral breathing necessary? 9:21 TBF swimming gives both rhythm and balance > 12:08 straight arms recovery stroke 12:45 hand entry 13:15 head position 14:55 find the stroke that best suits you…
 
My guest in this episode is Ryan Twist, a Podiatrist from Bayswater Foot and Ankle Clinic. Anyone who is listening who wants to get into running or they have been running and they have found themselves injured, this episode is for you. 01:13 People Are Starting to Pick Up Running And Walking 02:49 What Are The Most Common Running Injuries? 04:56 Re…
 
Shawn is an Ironman triathlete based in Nova Scotia, Canada. A year ago, he started some changes in his stroke and in the course over the last year, he has effectively gone from a 2:25 per hundred pace down to 1:31 per hundred. Shawn will share how he has done that, what changes he's made to his stroke and how might incorporate this changes to your…
 
Melissa Urie is the first woman to complete 895km Uberman Ultra-Triathlon. In this podcast episode, she shares her experience during the race, doing training, and getting through the race with the use of mental strategies to survive the tough times. 5:22 Training For Uberman 10:23 The Power of A Positive Mindset 12:43 Proving Yourself That You Can …
 
Welcome back to another podcast episode! Today, I'll be sharing my top tips for making your open water swimming enjoyable and more challenging. Listen on in! 00:27 What Are the Drills You Can Do? 1:47 How to Break Down Or Structure An Open Water Swim 3:37 Don't Overthink It! 3:56 Overcome Open Water Swim Anxiety 5:55 Progressively Make Your Swimmin…
 
Welcome Back! Here in Australia, there are a couple of pools that have started to open, you can book individual lanes for a certain amount of time. So I thought of doing a podcast talking about the best ways to get back to training once your pool has opened. 00:55 Time Frame 01:54 How Many Sessions? 02:52 What Will You Experience? 04:19 What Type O…
 
In today's episode, we sat down with the author of the book Your New Prime, and promoter of men's health and wellness, Craig Cooper! We talked about the active approach to maintaining your physical and mental health as you age, how to get out of complacency, and how to start thriving and making steady forward progress in life. 3:40 Passion For Heal…
 
In today's episode, we are joined by a lifelong trainer and athlete Andrew Read as he talks about his program 28-day Challenge. Andrew talks through how important going back to the basics is and some of the necessary skills to influence your success at living a healthy lifestyle. 4:19 Creating A Mindset Component 5:32 Going Back To The Basics Matte…
 
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