July-August 2009 Issue

July-August 2009 Cover COVER STORY:

Shark-Fin Breaststroke Kick

Your Hands Determine Where YOur Body Goes

by Glenn Mills by Barbara Hummel >>> Photos by Glenn Mills

You’ve been working on a nice, undulating breaststroke. Now, along comes a drill that looks like a throwback to the days of water bug, flat breaststroke. But the goal of the Shark-Fin Breaststroke Kick drill isn’t to flatten you out; it’s to help you determine how much you use your hands to stabilize or direct your body.


Cartoonist Jef Mallett
Masters Swimming Makes the Funny Papers
by Elaine Howley

For Jef Mallett, a Michigan-based cartoonist whose syndicated strip, “Frazz,” can be read daily in hundreds of newspapers around the country, triathlon is his primary sport. But, he says that Masters swimming is key to his staying competitive in triathlon, and a worthwhile sport in its own right. Mallett often channels his Masters experiences through “Frazz.”

Work, Family and Swimming
How Five Swimmers Do the Balancing Act
by Susan Dawson-Cook

Managing a career, familyand the lifestyle of a competitive swimmer can be a major balancing act. Here’s how five accomplished Masters swimmers keep their competitive edge, while still paying attention to other important aspects of their lives.

Short Course Nationals PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
U.S. Masters Swimming At Its Best
by Bill Edwards >>> Photos by Jim Quaschnick

The roster might have been a bit shorter this year for the U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals, but there was no shortage of enthusiasm. Here’s a story about how the Nationals spurred a unique family reunion and a renewed love for the sport.

From the Editor
Farewell and Thanks! by Bill Volckening
One Alcoholic's Perspective
Reader Says Article Ignored Positives
Another Alcoholic Speaks Up
Executive Address
We're Continuing to Develop by Rob Butcher
Training & Technique
Olympian Offers Advice for Asthmatics
Five Fast Facts: Fitness Swimming
Readers Ask: Exercises for Building Shoulder Strength
Gadget Watch: FINIS Aqua Pulse Heart Rate Monitor & Aquabilt Pool Treadmill
Back to Basics
Recently Read: "Speed Demon: A Plain English Guide to Swimming Sprint Freestyle"
Web Workout by Mo Chambers PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice by David Radcliff
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
In Season: Peaches
Yoga Regulates Stress Response
World Aquatic Health Conference
Value Meals Have Hidden Health Costs
New Study on Preventing Pool Germs
Health Network — Professionals Wanted
Reader Recipe: Poached Peaches
Swim Bag
Ultra-Fast Suits
Inside USMS
New Professionals for Sarasota Headquarters
blueseventy Buy Back Program
New Community Partner
Ransom Arthur Award Goes to Julie Heather
Swimming Life
Gaines Nets Records, Sponsorship
Esselstyn Appears on CBS
Sandor Publishes Novel
Tampa Bay Marathon
Block Featured on Cover of Chicago Athlete Magazine
Recently Read "Age Is Just a Number"
Davis Aquatics Reclaims Hour Swim Title
On Deck
A History of Ambitious Projects by Bill Edwards PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>