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Mar 8, 2022

In episode 102, Jill and Chris talk with swimming coach Amanda Boswell.

Amanda is a lifelong swimmer and coach who helps people learn to love the water and gain confidence in their swimming ability. She works with people of all ages and different levels of swimming experience. Amanda's clients have goals ranging from learning how to swim to training for triathlons.

She competed in swimming through high school, but an injury kept her from moving onto college competition. During college Amanda  began coaching and found that she loved being involved in the sport from a different perspective.

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Miami University and a master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Capella University. She is also a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine.

“One of the best things about coaching swimmers is when they have that ah-ha moment, and everything clicks from their repeated hard work and determination, either with breathing or just being more efficient with their strokes. Training for a swimming event can be intimidating but with the right coaching and workouts, you can absolutely train to be your best in the water!”

During this episode we discuss:

  • Learning how to swim as an adult
  • Advice for women who can swim but maybe not very well
  • Overcoming fears of deep water or open water
  • There and how to find a swim coach
  • Tools and props that are used in coaching swimmers
  • Various strokes and modifications for competing and racing
  • Why swimming is easier on the joints and ligaments
  • Improving swimming technique
  • Increasing speed vs working on endurance
  • Swimming in a pool vs open water swimming
  • Fueling for swimming

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