March-April 2005 Issue

March-April 2005 Cover COVER STORY:

Freestyle Open Turns

Develop a Fast, Effective Alternative to the Flip Turn

by Kris Houchens >>> Photos by Peter Bick

If the freestyle flip turn causes too much stress on your mind, body or lungs, maybe it's time to improve your freestyle open turn. Kris Houchens, head coach of YMCA Indy SwimFit in Indianapolis, points out that the keys to mastering the open turn are speed, technique and breathing.


Athlete's Heart PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
What All Swimmers Should Know When They Pump It Up
by Jody Welborn, M.D. >>> Illustrated by Rick Gutierrez

When active swimmers pump it up, not only are they expanding their lung capacity and stamina, they're also training their heart muscle, which responds with structural and functional changes to work more efficiently. As a result, "athletes heart" can sometimes be mistaken for disease.

Going the Distance PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
English Channel Crossers Talk Training and Motivation
by Margaret Schauer

Nearly 30 swimmers with Connecticut connections have accomplished the ultimate physical and mental challenge of distance swimming -- the English Channel. How did this small state produce so many successful Channel crossers? The answer lies with a remarkable group of swimmers, dedicated to helping one another achieve their goals.

Web Extras: Open Water Workout , Long Distance Workout

Life Lessons PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Intrepid Masters Swimmer Andrea Funk Pieces It All Together
by Christine Ennulat >>> Photos by Peter Bick

Andrea Funk grew up swimming in East Lansing, Mich., and by the end of high school was ready to experience "the world out there that wasn't wet." So she quit swimming and moved ahead with her life, as many people do, only to find out a few years down the road that swimming was a lifeline to help her through tragedy and to reconnect with her dreams.

From the Editor
It's About You and for You by Bill Volckening
Executive Address
A Message From the USMS President by Jim Miller
Training & Technique PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Web Workout by Scott Williams PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Get Fit, Have a Ball!
Workouts for Budding Triathletes
Readers Ask: Mastering the Butterfly
My Favorite Set by Doug Garcia
Advice on Push-ups
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Traffic May Be Hard on Your Heart, But Laughter Is Still Good Medicine
Know the Signs of Stroke and Act Quickly
Americans Turn to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Repercussions Continue in Wake of Vioxx Recall
Vitamin Supplements: To Pop or Not Pop Those Daily Helpers?
Food & Nutrition
Painless Dieting? Studies Suggest Calories Not Missed
Readers Ask: Calculating Calories
Latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines Stress Physical Activity
Reader Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad by Bronwyn Lewis
More Good News For Chocolate Lovers
Swim Bag
USMS News PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Masters Swimmers 'Camp' With Olympians at Colorado Training Center
Neuburger Visit Highlights Mid-Year Executive Meeting
Would $1,500 Help Your Local Masters Organization?
Take Advantage of USMS Publications and Membership Merchandise
USMS Web Redesign Includes SWIMMER Site
Calling Thirty-somethings... Your Help is Needed to Recognize Peers
USMS Officer Nominations Due April 30, Elections Slated for September
Swimming Life PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Goldstein Heads Club Mentoring Program
PCA Masters Holds 'Triple Crown'
Masters Record Roundup
Long Distance Postal Series Results
On Deck
Butterfly's Emergence Challenged 1950's Swimmers by Virginia Sowers PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>