Resources for Athletes and Coaches
The links below are Amazon referral links of products I recommend:
These paddles were discussed on the Swim Myth Busting Podcast: they are ideal for learning an effective catch, where you must press on the water effectively in the correct way. Medium is the right size for most athletes, small for small hands or larger for a different stimulus.
Smaller versions of the agility paddles: a good second paddle in the tool kit.
Recommended basic flat paddles. Remove the wrist strap.
A fancy ankle band: you can make a band out of a inner tube, or buy one of these.
These paddles don't allow your wrist to break. They require some commitment to be effective.
Basic pull buoys, either will work, nothing fancy.
A drag tool - teaches effective catch. Most swimmers should tie a knot before the chute to lessen the drag from 'stock'.
Pre-swim dry land training to set up high elbow catch neuro-muscular patterning.
Minimalist swim fins
An excellent resource to understand the balance between energy systems.
Meditations (Illustrated) by Marcus Aurelius
The greatest book ever written?
Fictional novel, perhaps the best book ever written about the process of running.
Essential for travelling and focus in noisy environments. I've owned a ton of headphones, these are the best.
The standard black notebook every coach requires.
Expensive but the gold standard.
Every good coach reads continuously. Get the best distraction free e-reader.
Essential for the travelling coach and athlete. Bring your own quality beans.