Kenrick Monk's 3 Tips to Be Your Best

Kenrick Monk is the head Squad and Pathways coach at Melbourne Sport Centres MSAC and a 2 time Olympic Swimmer, here are his 3 tips to Be Your Best.

HELP CREATE A POSITIVE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT.

Swimming for hours on end, testing the limits of your physical abilities on a daily, often twice daily basis is challenging enough. Doing it while a swimmer in your lane complains and moans and reminds everyone else about how lame it is, how they don’t like the set, or how their stroke feels like garbage is even worse. Be the swimmer that helps to motivate and encourage everyone else in the lane when the sets and workouts get challenging.

Not only will it contribute to a more positive atmosphere, but the positivity will actually give you a better sense of control and actually encourage you to push yourself harder.

 

PICK OUT THE 3 HABITS THAT WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR SWIMMING.

Our swimming is made up of a collection of habits. Most of them you don’t even realize or think about (hence why they are habits).

If you could pick just three little habits that would improve your swimming by leaps and bounds, what would they be?

Pick ‘em, and take the first, tiny step to install that habit. And then do it again tomorrow. And again the day after that. And before you know it, those new fancy-pant little habits will be just part of the way you roll.

  

IMAGINE THE COMPETITION SWIMMING BESIDE YOU FOR AN EXTRA KICK.

Visualisation is no joke, and using it to help prepare for competition and before a tough set can help you perform faster in the pool.

An added way that you can use this tool to swim faster is to visualise the competition in the lane next to you during those challenging sets and repeats.

Not only does it this help stoke the fire in your belly, but you are much more likely to finish like a boss if you imagine yourself roaring into the wall neck-and-neck with the swimmer you want to be more than anything in the world.

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