Trevor’s Transformation: From Anxious to Amazing in 4 Months
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 3rd, 2015

From Terry: Trevor Robinson attended an 8-hour workshop I led in February. Two weeks later he sent me this in an email:  “Being a TI self taught rookie, it was invaluable to receive the support and coaching from yourself and staff.  Not only was I able to actually ‘feel’ how drills are supposed to feel when […]

Stroke Drills, A Personal History, Part Three
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 24th, 2015

In my last personal history installment of this series on stroke drills, I described three life-changing insights that have shaped my view of stroke drills, and how we use them in the Total Immersion Method. Introduction to my first balance drill by Bill Boomer. In less than 10 minutes, I was freed from a thought […]

Will You Swim Better (and learn faster) with a Smile?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 17th, 2015

I’ve been giving a weekly lesson for 11 years to Jeanne Safer, a prominent psychotherapist and author. You might wonder what Jeanne might have to learn after 400+ hours of lessons, and countless additional hours of practice. Jeanne swims for health and the pleasure of learning and self-mastery. Like me Jeanne feels that the promise of […]

How Stroke Drills Can Strengthen Focus
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 9th, 2015

Saturday, June 6, I was a guest at the first anniversary celebration of the Catskill Recreation Center, in Arkville NY, deep in the heart of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, an enjoyable 75-minute drive from my home in New Paltz. In her email inviting me to participate, Becky Manning, the center’s director described it as “an […]

‘Curious’ Experimentation and Holistic Skill-Building
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

This week I take a temporary detour from the relatively narrow focus of the past few weeks on the history, purpose, and effective use of drills to look, through a wider lens, at the process for learning new swimming skills. Today’s post was prompted by an email from an attendee at a Smart Speed workshop […]

Stroke Drills: A Personal History, Part Two–Vessel Shaping
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 26th, 2015

In 1988-89, after nearly two decades of coaching young club and college swimmers, I had three life-changing experiences I resumed swimming after a 16-year hiatus. I met Bill Boomer—a coach who saw things as no one else had. I began to coach adults–most of them new to swimming. Born-Again Swimmer In August 1988, despite only […]

Stroke Drills: A Personal History, Part One 1971-1983
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 19th, 2015

I swam in high school and college from 1965 to 1972. In high school, our primitive one-hour weekly workouts consisted mainly of short sprints. In college, pulling and kicking sets became part of the daily training diet, but no drills. I first learned about drills in a swimming magazine and experimented with single-arm and catchup […]

A Primer on Stroke Drills
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 12th, 2015

I’ve published blogs infrequently and erratically for the past year, in part because of preoccupation with a family matter. I am now ready to resume regular publication. I promise a new post each Tuesday. I hope you find them interesting and valuable reading, and that you look forward to receiving them in your inbox each […]

Ultra-Efficient Freestyle: New Book–First Look
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 24th, 2015

On January 30, on the iTunes/iBooks store we’ll release my latest book Swim Ultra-Efficient Freestyle.  While the original TI book has become the most popular swimming book in history, I believe Ultra-Efficient Freestyle is my best effort, as an author (and ‘explainer-of-swimming’) to date. But I’ll leave that to readers to judge, and I hope you’ll […]

When We’re Mindful, We’re Alive.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Ellen Langer, at age 67, is the longest-serving psychology prof at Harvard. What she is best known for is studies which have shown that people can make marked physical changes, improving health, reversing aging effects, etc. in response to mental suggestions, which she calls primes. The New York Times Magazine just published an article about […]