Archive for the ‘Brain Training’ Category

Guest Post: How to Get 2 Weeks of Improvement in 30 Minutes
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 6th, 2012

How Andy achieved 2 weeks worth of progress in 30 minutes — and got a new Personal Best for 25m – by applying the principles of “The Talent Code” and TI Practice

What’s a Nimble Brain and Why You Want One.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on December 8th, 2011

Practicing different-but-related tasks in swimming can help build Cognitive Reserve – which is perhaps the key element in a high-performing brain as we age.

Does Talent Matter? Not if your goal is Personal Transformation.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on November 21st, 2011

We begin Deliberate Practice to accomplish some utilitarian goal. We continue because it’s life-changing

How You THINK Determines How You Swim.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 6th, 2011

Mary learned to ‘think on the fly’ at Masters workout. She set a PR in the 100 Free on the very next set — and got invaluable prep for her next triathlon. If that;s not enough, it also ‘creates new brain cells!’

Replace Open Water Anxiety with a ‘Cocoon of Calm’
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 19th, 2011

Four strategies for building a ‘cocoon of calm’ in open water and three ways to calm and center yourself if ‘anxiety happens.’

Swim Faster Artfully, not Physically
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 10th, 2011

An emphasis on smoother, quieter, more *precise* strokes (the opposite of what your instincts urge you to do) is revealed as the best way to improve your mile pace.

How to Excel at Thinking (and consequently at Swimming)
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 2nd, 2011

Why did you do that set or drill? Why did you swim that distance? Or choose that interval? Asking such questions — and evaluating your choices after the fact — is essential to improvement. And to being ‘excellent at thinking.’

by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 9th, 2011

George Leonard wrote, “If our life is a good one . . . most of it will be spent on the plateau.” Therefore we should learn to value, enjoy — even love long stretches of diligent effort with no apparent progress.

Secrets of Swim Speed Part 9: How to Swim Faster
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 2nd, 2011

How Nicholas Sterghos had the most-dramatic 2-year swimming improvement in triathlon history – while his West Point Tri team rose from 14th and 19th (men and women) to 2nd and 5th in College Triathlon Championships.

Video: Secrets of Swimming Faster Part 8 of 9 – Conscious Practice
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 30th, 2011

Swimming efficiently in a race setting must begin with conscious, intentional practice organized around learning Balance and Streamline skills that don’t come naturally.