The start of a new year is often a time of soul-searching, especially for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level.
Determining which uses to keep in 2021, and which to abandon, is a very good way to build yourself as a swimmer.
Although each athlete has different goals and objectives, some relatively simple resolutions apply to a wide range of them.
The first is actually so general that it could apply to any aspect of life, not just your athletic career: be positive.
A change in attitude is a big thing and it is a goal that can seem overwhelmingly ambitious, it is best to break it down into smaller resolutions. For example, just deciding to smile more on deck and during workouts can have a huge impact on your nerves or the way you approach difficult situations.
Also, removing negative phrases such as “I can’t do it” and replacing them with motivational phrases like “I can do it” can help boost your confidence as an athlete. But also, uttering words of encouragement to a teammate’s attention, or prompting another team member to continue their efforts can create a positive environment crucial to aiding the individual growth of each athlete. Over time, and through the combination of small goals like these, becoming a more optimistic athlete is a very realistic solution.
Likewise, it is possible to simplify more serious problems in the water, such as weak leg movement or insufficient lung capacity.
Correcting your leg movement is a colossal undertaking when you take it as a whole, but if you try to do five butterfly leg movements starting from each wall instead of three, casually it will strengthen your leg movements. , and that also applies to most sets. Over time this work will almost become second nature, can be applied to leg movements with planks, or leg pushes during a run.
Another example is poor lung capacity which can be corrected by focusing on the details again. By focusing on not breathing on your last press on the wall, or on your first leg movement from the wall, you create something stimulating, which strengthens your breathing and is also suitable for most exercises. By practicing small changes like these, you can set up habits that will become routine, even in stressful situations like running. It may not seem like much, but it can help build valuable skills, and save you precious time during races.
Another important resolution to consider when heading into the New Year is developing your organizational skills.
It is extremely stressful to be an athlete, especially when you have other commitments like school, a job, and personal life. Making sure you use your time productively by keeping a weekly schedule can be a great way to make sure you don’t forget anything, and minimize stress. You can use lists, calendars, daily reminders, alarms on your phone, and a host of tools to make sure you have everything you need to do into account.
As a student-athlete, I know how hard it is to miss out on valuable training time due to a build-up of homework assignments, especially since it’s something that can usually be avoided by spacing out the time devoted to study. It’s a way to make your life easier and make sure you can stick to a rigorous training schedule.
Finally, deciding to devote more time to activities with the team is a great way for you to connect with the people you train with.
Although you see each other every day (and often several times a day), having fun outside the pool or the weight room can be a great way to relax, and get to know each other better, which can strengthen ties. Swimmers and lifeguard classes are a species of their own, and developing friendships with people who understand your triumphs and daily struggles can be exactly what you want to do in this New Year.