335 episodes

Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. We cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.

The Effortless Swimming Podcast Brenton Ford

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    • 4.6 • 65 Ratings

Faster times and better technique aren't a guarantee when you train hard. What really makes a difference to your speed and efficiency in the water? The Effortless Swimming podcast helps make a complex sport really simple to better your swimming. We cover open water swimming, triathlon swimming and pool swimming. Hosted by Australian National swimmer and coach Brenton Ford.

    #333 : Three Ways To Generate More Propulsion (Without Getting Tired)

    #333 : Three Ways To Generate More Propulsion (Without Getting Tired)

    In this episode, we discuss three ways to generate more propulsion without getting tired, along with a drill that will help you practice each of these methods.
    00:16 Generating propulsion
    01:31 The Size of the Paddle
    03:44 The Power Phase of the Stroke
    08:31 Accelerate through the Stroke.
    11:01 Keyhole Drill
    12:58 Building Power and Speed in Your Stroke

    • 16 min
    #332 : The Technique Behind Holding 1:12/100m For 4 hours with Andy Donaldson

    #332 : The Technique Behind Holding 1:12/100m For 4 hours with Andy Donaldson

    In this episode, we have a special guest, marathon swimmer Andy Donaldson, who is a three-time world record holder. Andy shares his insights on freestyle technique and how he is able to maintain an impressive pace of 1:12 per 100m for 4 hours. This episode focuses solely on technique, as we delve into Andy's thought process and approach to his stroke. Tune in now!
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    2:31 Where is your head position?
    2:58 How often are you breathing?
    4:30 How do you use your kick?
    5:23 What does your recovery look like?
    8:09 What is the end of your stroke like?
    9:07 What is your rotation like?
    9:47 How did you develop your catch?
    11:13 How much power are you putting into each stroke?
    11:54 What do you do to increase your swim speed?
    13:11 How do you like to train?
    14:20 What pace are you aiming for?
    14:49 What stroke rate are you aiming for?

    • 15 min
    #331 : The Expedition: Australia's Longest Ever Swim with Dean Summers

    #331 : The Expedition: Australia's Longest Ever Swim with Dean Summers

    In March of 2024, Dean Summers set out to break the record for Australia’s longest ever unassisted swim. Leaving from Newcastle’s Nobbys beach and planning to land at Palm Beach, Sydney for a total of 95.6km. Battling blue bottle jellyfish, hallucinations and less than perfect conditions, Dean had a challenge ahead of him. The swim had been unsuccessfully attempted by two other swimmers in the 1980’s and 90’s, including well known Australian swimmer Des Renford whose shark cage sunk off the coast after treacherous conditions. In this episode, you’ll hear the story of an expedition into waters that have never been swam in.
    00:00 Introduction
    03:52 The Origin of the Newcastle to Sydney Swim
    08:44 Building the Dream Team: Finding the Right Support
    11:59 The Commitment and Preparation for a Long Swim
    14:08 Navigating 07Whirlpools and Tides
    16:45 Feeding Strategy : Carbohydrates and Protein
    20:11 The Constant Sting: Battling Bluebottles in the Ocean
    23:15 Bioluminescence and the Milky Way
    29:44 The Final Stretch: Locking in on the Goal and Reaching the Beach
    34:35 Post-Swim Reflections: Burnt and Hungry
    38:44 Lessons Learned from a Grueling Swim
    44:15 The Connection Between Family and the Love of Water
    50:30 What's next?

    • 54 min
    #330 : Trust Your Gut Instinct (And Tread Your Own Path) with Dan Eisenhardt

    #330 : Trust Your Gut Instinct (And Tread Your Own Path) with Dan Eisenhardt

    Dan Eisenhardt, CEO and Founder of FORM Swim, shares his journey of creating the world's first augmented reality swim goggles. Discover how real-time data can enhance your training sessions, the most useful features of the goggles, and the challenges faced during development. If you're looking to forge your own path in your professional life, Dan also provides valuable insights on getting started and three essential considerations for starting a business. Tune in to this episode for all this and more.
    02:05 The Light Bulb Moment
    04:49 The Evolution of Technology in Swimming Goggles
    06:23 Testing the Prototype
    07:52 The Complications of Delivering Low Latency Heart Rate Sensing in Water
    12:47 The Indispensable Tool for Swimmers
    13:56 Taking Areas of Interest and Experience to Create Something Different
    16:13 Serendipity and the Right Place, Right Time
    20:17 The Importance of Learning from Competitors
    24:13 Acting with Conviction: Getting Things Done
    29:00 Favourite Features in Form goggles
    32:44 The Value of Premium Offerings
    38:36 The Three Key Factors in Business Success
    43:02 Form Goggles: A Game-Changer for Low-Tech Swimmers

    • 44 min
    #329 : The 4 Biggest Mistakes I Made In Coaching (And How To Get More From Your Coach)

    #329 : The 4 Biggest Mistakes I Made In Coaching (And How To Get More From Your Coach)

    In today's episode, I'll be sharing some of the mistakes I made in coaching and the valuable lessons I learned along the way. I believe these lessons can help you avoid similar pitfalls and succeed in your coaching journey. Additionally, I'm excited to announce the launch of our new course, the Freestyle Coaching Masterclass. Be sure to tune in!
    00:30 Coaching Masterclass
    04:02 Be Firm And Not Their Friend
    06:52 Setting Minimum Standards
    10:37 Energy is Transferred
    13:28 Being Memorable
    15:53 4 Hours Workweek : Mexican Fisherman and the Banker

    • 20 min
    #328 : Why We Get Breathless (And What To Do About It) with Jarrod Briffa

    #328 : Why We Get Breathless (And What To Do About It) with Jarrod Briffa

    In this episode, we sit down with Jarrod Briffa, an Australian freediving athlete, instructor, and online coach trained in the Oxygen Advantage. Jarrod's expertise lies in the power of breath and how it can enhance performance, reduce stress, and aid in recovery. As the founder of Drifters Freediving, he offers courses and private coaching to help individuals improve their breathing techniques. He has been the Australian Men's Champion at The Pool Freediving National Championships and has represented Australia in pool freediving at international competitions. Join us as we explore the importance of proper breathing in sports and everyday life.
    00:00 Introduction
    02:37 The Importance of CO2 Tolerance in Breathing
    04:57 Understanding CO2 Tolerance and Breathing Patterns
    08:12 Assessments and Exercises for CO2 Tolerance
    9:52 Diaphragmatic Awareness for Swimmers: Techniques and Benefits
    16:57 Building CO2 Tolerance
    20:28 Benefits of Nasal Breathing for Swimmers
    23:00 The Science of Breath Holding: Understanding Your Body's Responses and Limits
    30:15 Breathing Easy in the Water: Effective Exercises and Techniques for Swimmers
    38:40 Mental Strategies for Increasing Breath Length
    39:43 Race Day Breathing Strategies for Swimmers
    42:29 The Relationship Between CO2 Tolerance and Lactic Tolerance
    47:37 The Impact of Proper Breathing on Recovery and Performance
    51:09 Get In Touch with Jarod for Coaching!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Benin2011 ,

Excellent podcast and coach

Love this podcast and listen weekly. Great guests, insightful information. Also attended one of Brenton’s terrific clinics in Melbourne.

Nickname210411 ,

Love this!

Great advice, interviews and stories. Keeps me motivated, engaged and thinking about swimming when I’m not swimming. ❤️ Thanks Brenton!

Amber seaside ,

Thank you

Loved the latest episode! Some really inspiring, down to earth advice! thanks Brenton!

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