Welcome to the new 'Virtual Online Training' section of our website. The current situation is unprecedented and challenges us to find ways to keep our club active and training whilst respecting government guidance around social distancing.
Therefore, in order to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy we have developed this portal of activity for our membership via online delivery. New content will be added daily in order to keep things 'fresh' and hopefully, by the time we get back to the pool, we will have made some land 'gains' to sufficiently help us to pick up, where we left off.
'The greatest quest in life is to reach one's potential'
Please continue to engage with your coaches in conjunction with this portal, they are still available to give you help and guidance.
Most of these sessions require no equipment other than the odd bit of home furniture and most will last around 30-40 minutes.
The suggested strength and conditioning exercises posted on the 'Virtual Online Training' portal has been acquired from relevant and reputable sources and the neither Reading Swimming Club, coaches or Swim England will accept any liability for any injury or issue sustained from following such content.
Please be mindful that your safety is of paramount importance at all times. Therefore, you must ensure that the following guidelines are followed:
Consider the environment that you are training in.
If you're U18, ensure a parent has checked and confirmed you are training in an appropriate space
What is the floor like? Is it safe and will it stay so if it gets wet?
Train in a well ventilated area
Train using a exercise mat
If you intend on training outside, the same considerations must be made as if you were training indoors
Move everything that would pose a hazard out of the way before you begin
Ensure you have enough space to train safely
Remove any trip hazards
A responsible adult should be within proximity whilst you are training in order for them to deal with any issues that could potentially arise and to STOP the training session should there be any health and safety concerns
You should confirm to the coach (parent for under 18's) that you are fit and healthy for the intended training or seek medical advice should there be any doubt
Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times including suitable footwear, no jewellery etc.
Athletes must give their coach feedback if there are any problems or issues with any of their training sessions and have a session debrief if possible
You must ensure that you remain hydrated throughout your training sessions
Ensure that you keep pets and any other distractions away from you whilst undertaking training sessions
NB: If you intend on using equipment, it should be wiped clean before, during and after use
Swimming with the Competitive Edge by Dr. Alan Goldberg is a comprehensive 22 audio swimming psychology programme (with training guide PDF) to help you develop the mind of a champion. Stay calm and composed under competition pressure. Master last minute negative thinking and doubts. Learn to focus on what's important both before and during your races.
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are - Don Miguel Ruiz
Originally published in 1997, Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements applies the ancient Toltec wisdom of Mexico to our contemporary lives.
With four simple statements, shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz reaches into his own ancestry to presents an effective code of personal conduct, stripping away the negative concepts and beliefs that self-limit our own behaviour.
Be impeccable with your word
Don't take anything personally
Don't make assumptions
Always do your best.
A runaway bestseller, Don Miguel Ruiz’s common-sense key to personal development offers a concise and quietly revolutionary method to make fundamental changes to our lives.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a self-help book that embarks to motivate the reader about a universal paradigm about success that can be achieved though it remains hidden for most people. The book explores about unveiling this little secret which may transform how people look at things and lead them on to the road of success and true happiness. According to the author, the book makes proper use of the 'law of attraction and shows how positive thinking can open treasure trove of bountiful happiness, health and wealth. The book posits the law of attraction as a primeval law that completes the law of the universe (as well of our lives) through the process 'like attracts like . The author is also of the view that as people think-and-feel, so do they send a corresponding frequency to the universe that in turn attracts events and circumstances of the same frequency. Hence, if one is always able to think positive and think right, naturally, one will obtain the best results always. In all this argument however, there is no scientific basis for the views expressed as to how such 'attraction' affect the biological and physical processes of the body. In propounding these provocative views, the book highlights visualisation and gratitude as the two major powerful processes that help people manifest their dreams and desires.
The e-book takes a comprehensive approach to championship meet preparation, discussing everything that goes into helping swimmers perform at their best at the end of the season. From nutrition and hydration to confidence and visualisation, Kara walks swimmers through her tips and tricks for swimming fast at their big meets.
10-Minute Toughness is more than just a book; it is a mental training program that every athlete should add to their daily routine. At the same time, it is incredibly helpful for entrepreneurs and creative people to improve mental toughness that helps to thrive in a competitive environment.
The Talent Code cracks open the myth of talent and breaks it down from a neurological standpoint into three crucial parts, which anyone can pull together to become a world-class performer, artist, or athlete and form something they used to believe was not even within their own hands.
Grit describes what creates outstanding achievements, based on science, interviews with high achievers from various fields and the personal history of success of the author, Angela Duckworth, uncovering that achievement isn’t reserved for the talented only, but for those with passion and perseverance.
To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to show us how to silence our thoughts and create a liberated life.
Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.
Bob Bowman, best known as the coach for the record-breaking run of Michael Phelps, is one of the most successful coaches in Olympic history. The Golden Rules is his motivational book about winning in all walks of life and what you have to do to get there. He presents ten key concepts that all people should live by. Inside, illuminated by spirited anecdotes, Bowman will teach you how to get gold out of every day by setting goals and getting motivated to achieve them. He will explain that taking risks is the key to success in any pursuit, and coach you on how you can become more risk-tolerant.
By following The Golden Rules, you will learn tovisualisein order to achieve your goals, and that above all else, dedication to your training, your job, or whatever area it is you are seeking to triumph in is paramount for success.
Sports participation - from recreational to Olympic level is at an all time high. While the calibre of their performances may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: they want to excel. The Champion's Mind, sport psychologist Dr. Jim Afremow now offers the same advice he uses with Olympians including tips and techniques based on high-performance psychology research.
The Champion's Mind distills actionable advice into clear and concise steps for athletes looking to find confidence, concentration and mental preparedness-the mental edge that sets champions apart.
Leading sports psychologist Jim Afemow, author of the successful debut, The Champion's Mind, knows what makes good athletes great. Especially when they come back to win after facing devastating injuries, tough obstacles, or seemingly insurmountable odds. Now, in The Champion's Comeback, he offers winning strategies for athletes of any skill level or age to get mentally psyched for competition, quickly rebound after a loss, and overcome injuries (and the fear of re-injury). In clear, engaging language, Afremow explores the psychology of commitment and show readers how to develop the core confidence of repeat champions.
The Chimp is the emotional machine that we all possess. It thinks independently from us and can make decisions... the main purpose of this book is to help you manage your Chimp and to harness its strength and power when it is working for you and to neutralise it when it is not.
Do you sabotage your own happiness and success?
Are you struggling to make sense of yourself?
Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life?
The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.
Wayne has more than 25 years thinking about sport for a living and has worked with Olympic gold medalists, premiership winning teams, highly successful coaches and travelled the world for more than a quarter of a century thinking and talking about sport.
Each episode of Sports Thoughts features ideas, information and inspirations drawn from Wayne's long and illustrious career in sport.
If you love Thinking about Sport - then think Sports Thoughts
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee host this podcast to help you become healthier, more successful and happier. New episodes are released nearly every day and usually last between 1-1½ hours. They feature motivational speakers, health experts, athletes and regular, everyday people. The messages are a mixture of personal stories as well as useful techniques you can use to overcome obstacles and live a healthier, happier life.
Champion's Mojo is a professional, well-connected, weekly podcast dedicated to inspiring, motivating and educating listeners to become champions in their own life. Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee host this podcast to help you become healthier, more successful and happier.
They interview champions, mostly swimmers and coaches, to share their experiences and offer advice, tips and insights into techniques champions use for achieving success, in sports and in life.
Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. They cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.
If you're a competitive swimmers or someone who just loves swimming for fun and fitness, this swim manual is for you. SWIM MANUAL is 44 pages full of ideas, innovations and information guaranteed to help you improve your swimming.
Whether your child is an Olympic swimming champion or a young swimmer just starting out on their swimming journey, the SWIMMING PARENT BOOKLET will help you be an outstanding swimming parent - and to be the best swimming parent you can be.