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GET THE WORK DONE WELL

Mat Hudson, master coach at Total Immersion and head coach at Mediterra International, looks at why you should concentrate on quality as well as quantity

Why work on improving quality?

When you want to swim longer distances, should you seek out a coach or try and up your distance on your own? Surely if you just get in the water and swim hard enough and long enough and frequently enough, you will get fitter, swim further and swim faster? For the vast majority of swimmers that approach does not work.

As coaches we see many dedicated swimmers who train hard but fail to achieve or maintain the quality during those workouts that will actually make them improve. As a consequence they experience premature exhaustion, stress and a slowing pace. They may be swimming a lot of metres each week but there is a lack of understanding of the qualities which would actually make swimming feel better and enable them to go farther and faster. There is a difference between getting the work done, and getting the work done well.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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