Posts Tagged ‘neural circuits’

‘Rewire your Brain’ for Purposeful Attention
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 18th, 2011

Twenty years ago, when I began trying to change my stroke from Habitually Human to Mindfully Fishlike, it soon became clear I’d need to rewire my brain for Purposeful Attention first.

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 5 of 9
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 24th, 2011

Training for Bigger Lungs or Muscles cannot solve the three Speed Problems that are as inevitable as death or taxes – Energy Waste, Resistance, and Age. Only Neural training can solve them.

Stroke Length Practice: First Improve. Then Maintain.
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 22nd, 2011

Nearly every choice you make about planning practices and sets should be driven primarily by whether your repeats strengthen your ability to stay efficient at a range of distances, tempos or paces.

Video: The Secrets of Speed Part 3 of 9
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 19th, 2011

Running faster – and staying efficient – comes naturally. Wasting energy when we try to swim faster comes equally naturally.

A Brief History Part 5: Closing the Loop — Habits, Neurons and Swim Improvement
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 8th, 2011

Mindful Practice — consciously merging thought and movement – creates *observable change in the brain’s infrastructure*. This improves skill, endurance and speed far more dramatically than training the body alone.

Should we train more intensively in middle age?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 29th, 2011

I’m pursuing a different kind of Athletic Mastery at age 60, a radical shift after 40 years. Partly to show that age is just a number. And partly because I can grow more neurons by leaving my comfort zone.

Mindful Swimming Transforms the Brain
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 24th, 2011

Meditation produces deep and lasting changes to the brain. Moving Meditation is best at producing those changes. Mindful Swimming provides a highly organized way to practice Moving Meditation, improving Mens Sana in Corpore Sano.

Today I went to a Masters Meet . . . and took a Math Test!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 23rd, 2011

Swimming in a Masters meet provided a “brutally honest” measure of my current speed. And because Speed is a product of the math of Stroke Length and Stroke Rate, I now know precisely the formula for reaching my still-distant goals.

Finding Higher Purpose in Masters Races
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on January 20th, 2011

When I set goals for pool times, and pool races, I get all the Arduous Experience and Cognitive Difficulty my psyche craves.