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 […]

How to Swim Faster . . . and Pain Free
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on October 11th, 2014

Is there a technique that allows you to swim much faster–while also minimizing the potential for shoulder pain?  There is! And it’s one that nearly all coaches and swimmers overlook. Most people treat the recovery portion of the crawl stroke as incidental. Since it’s not involved in propulsion, they figure, it serves only to get […]

How a Swim Can Make You Happy
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on September 25th, 2014

I’ve often said that the purpose of swimming is the pursuit of happiness. (If you haven’t had the same thought, consider that the Dalai Lama has written that the purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness.) Indeed, my main reason for swimming open water events is anticipation of the happiness they’ll bring. My latest […]

Marilyn Bell Gets Her Mojo Back
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on September 10th, 2014

On Sept 9, 1954, Marilyn Bell. a 16-year old Toronto schoolgirl, entered the annals of marathon swimming, and left an enduring mark on Canadian sporting history by becoming the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.  On January 28 of this year, I had the good fortune to meet Marilyn and, since then, the privilege of helping her return […]

Why Swimming Can Be More Beautiful Than Golf
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on August 12th, 2014

At the recent PGA Championship—one of golf’s four major championships—Tom Watson came within two strokes of making the cut to play to two final days. He did this less than a month shy of his 65th birthday. Watson, who was the top ranked player in the world for 5 consecutive years in the late 70s […]

Zen and the Art of Breaking World (or Personal) Records
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on July 9th, 2014

What do you suppose it takes to set a world record in swimming. More to the point, what do you suppose it feels like to swim faster than any human in history? A recent article in the New York Times Miles From Her Top Competitors, a Young Star Still Outswims Them  reported that US distance […]

FAST FORWARD Training: What is It?
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Total Immersion methods for technique and teaching have been recognized as revolutionary for over two decades. Over the next few months, we will introduce a training methodology we believe is equally revolutionary. We call it Fast Forward Training. Because it’s forward thinking. And because it improves endurance, speed—and, yes technique too—faster than any other approach […]

Video: How We Build The “World’s Most Efficient Freestyle”
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 27th, 2014

This beautiful short film is by TI Coach Johnny Widen (of Lulea Sweden, near the Arctic Circle.) Johnny shot it in Oct 2012 at Total Immersion Level 1 Coach Training  in Windsor England. Johnny’s first purpose was to create a pre-training study video for future TI coach trainees. He used excerpts to also create an artistic view of […]

Change Your Swimming in Three Minutes, Part Two: Visualize!
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 18th, 2014
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In my previous installment in this three part series Change Your Swimming in Three Minutes I suggested setting aside three minutes at the beginning of practice-in most cases before you enter the pool–to calm and focus your mind. To recap, the first-stage exercise included: Nose breathing. Mouth breathing stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which activates when we’re […]

Michael Phelps Redux
by Terry Laughlin

Posted on April 15th, 2014
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Yesterday’s news included an item that quickened the pulses of quite a few swim fans–and probably  USA Swimming honcho’s too. Michael Phelps is returning to competitive swimming. Mind you, there was no mention of Rio 2016, only that he ‘ll race  at an Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa Arizona next week. In the article Phelps […]