Is your swimming stuck in a rut?

Getting out of your comfort zone can improve your swimming.

Getting out of your comfort zone can improve your swimming.

Many athletes have to deal with occasional plateau and even the best racing swimsuit can't get them out of it. Sometimes the reasons for this are physical while at other moments it may be all in your head.

Here are a few tips to help you get out of that hole and start swimming your best again: 

  • Accept constructive criticism - Sometimes it's necessary to seek the advice of an outside observer. Being aware of what you can and cannot do will assist you in setting benchmarks that match your capabilities. You should also be wiling to criticize – not beat up – yourself. Willfully ignoring mistakes or flaws will just give you more encouragement to repeat them. 
  • Develop small goals - It's easy to say "you can't" when you have set unrealistic goals for yourself. You can't change everything about your swimming style or athleticism overnight, but you can take baby steps. Instead of setting a hard-to-maintain pace for your distance, try to do your best on each split instead.
  • Learn from your defeats – Not racing the way that you would like is often what triggers a lack of desire to train. If and when you fall short, think about what you can do next time to improve. You should also be proud of the fact that you worked hard. 
  • Leave your comfort zone – To get faster and stronger, you will need to do more of the drills and exercises that you find difficult. Embracing these difficult tasks will help you succeed.