Welcome to Swim Smooth, where amazing things happen. In the show we aim to bring our highly popular blog www.feelforthewater.com to life with tips, tricks and techniques to help you maximise your swimming efficiency and enjoyment in the water. The show's hosts, Adam Young and Paul Newsome, will have interviews with a wide-range of athletes from the very top of the sport to the everyday heroes that espouse what the Swim Smooth philosophy is all about. Thanks for listening!
Episode 26 - Inspiring: Coach Paolo swims 300km in 30 days!
Today we speak with a super inspirational athlete and coach, Swim Smooth Coach Paolo Mangilinan, who's based in Dubai, UAE.
As part of the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge - which seeks to encourage people to partake in 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days - Paolo decided to take it upon himself to swim 10km in the open water around the world famous and tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, every day for 30 days in November! Yes, that's significantly more distance than many of you might cycle or run in a month, and Paolo is swimming it, unaided, without a wetsuit, flippers, pull buoy or paddles and has so far backed up every day at an average pace of 1:30/100m! Insane! Listen to the podcast to hear what makes Paolo tick, what inspired him and who he hopes to inspire as part of this conquest, the highs and the lows and how he's drawn strength from those around him whom he coaches to make it through this arduous task!
Paolo has swims 29 and 30 to complete on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November, so please give him some love and support on his Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/pao.mangilinan/ or if you happen to be in Dubai at some point in the future, check out https://www.swimsmoothdubai.com - he'd love to see you!
Episode 25 - Big Rick's Chicks Break English Channel World Record!
We're back and pumped today with the achievements of Swim Smooth Manchester's Head Coach, Lucy Lloyd-Roach and her team of four female swimmers who on the 1st September broke the world record to be the first ever female English Channel Relay Team to swim across La Manche in full medley order - backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle - with each team member having to complete 60 minutes of uninterrupted swimming on their given stroke. Lucy swam the butterfly leg as British Master's butterfly champion, with Melanie Holland (a Triple Crown marathon swimmer and 4-way English Channel relay swimmer) doing the honours on the backstroke, Claire Thorne (multiple British Masters Champion) taking the breaststroke leg, and Sarah Hempenstall (Ironman and another British Masters Champion) rounding out the team with the freestyle.
The girls made it over to France in a stellar time of 12h17m and recount their training programs, experiences on the boat and their fund raising in honour of Surfers Against Sewage and also the Big Rick's team commemorating superstar marathon swimmer Mark Rickhuss who sadly passed away in 2005 at the age of just 41 from a heart attack whilst supporting another swimmer across the Channel.
Paul and Adam also discuss the latest developments at Swim Smooth, both locally and globally with our Certified Coaches, as well as the latest project the team has been working on to really enhance our online / remote coach offering.
Paul also celebrates his own 9-year "Channelversary" from the 8th September 2011, which proved to be the fastest of only two swimmers who made it across on the day which the Channel Swimming Association ratified as "the toughest conditions of 2011" - you'll see why here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnevVG4YiwQ
Episode 24 - Craig ("Crowie") Alexander, 5-time Ironman World Champion
Today we're joined on the podcast by 5-time Ironman World Champion, Craig ("Crowie") Alexander.
Crowie was the 2008, 2009, 2011 Ironman Triathlon World Champion and previous course record holder (8:03:56 in 2011), and the 2006 (inaugural) and 2011 70.3 World Champion. In 2011 he won both the 70.3 and the full Ironman World Championships. Needless to say - he's a beast, but best of all, he's an absolute gentleman too!
Craig was humbled when Ironman legend and six-time World Champion Dave Scott lauded him as “the first true men’s champion the sport has seen in years.”
The most important thing to Craig is family. He is beyond proud of his wife (and the love of his life) Nerida, and his three amazing kids, Lucy, Austin and Lani. Everything Craig does starts and ends at home with his family. Crowie’s won a lot of titles over the years but the one he likes best is ‘Daddy’. As an aside from us, we've only met Crowie once face-to-face but recall how genuine and approachable he was and when the opportunity to record this podcast with the great man came up, he didn't hesitate, such is his show of great character - he's very much "the people's champion" as you'll hear in the first 60 second intro.
Post-retirement, Craig now runs his highly successful coaching program SansEGO (which basically means "without ego") which we believe, at it's heart, is a philosophy we can all learn from (details at: https://www.sansego.co ). A lot of people talk about “life balance” but Craig really does walk the walk, not just talk the talk and his information from his website below is well worth a deeper dive, especially at this period in time of extreme uncertainty and worry:
"His load was extraordinarily heavy but he carried it with methodical focus and balance…and Craig seemed to find more and more comfort with his confidence in simply letting be, be. Alexander’s most impressive talents are not found in his swim, bike, or run competence. Instead, his unique ability to clear the mind’s clutter and make good decisions has been the key ingredient to his success on and off the racecourse. And this key to finding clarity for the 5 x Ironman/70.3 World Champion was getting the life balance right. He put the right people around him and understood that the whole was only stronger than the sum of its parts when the clutter (ego) was removed from the equation."
We really hope you enjoy this conversation with Crowie and a big thanks and shout out to Coach Chris Southwell for arranging!
Episode 23 - Swim Smooth's Dry-land Cord Training & Injury Prevention Routine with Coach Jana Oosthuizen
Well, we did it! This one's been about 3 or 4 weeks in the making! True to the worldwide collaborative efforts we're currently seeing around the globe with corporations coming together in a siege-like mentality and utilising technologies like Zoom and Slack to build a stronger team, so too have we compiled our resources to bring you something very special today.
At Swim Smooth, we've spent the last 10 years creating an amazing team of specialist coaches around the world who've become certified in our methodology to the extent that they run their own Swim Smooth Squads and training programs in their locale. We're super tight-knit as a team and that's allowed us to leverage the skills of our individual coaches to be able to bring you products and training tips that are both diligently structured and stand the test of time.
Coach Jana Oosthuizen from Johannesburg, South Africa, first contacted us in 2013 as a physiotherapist seeking to extend her knowledge and skills as a swim coach after researching our keen eye for video analysis and the use of the latest technologies to really enhance our effectiveness as coaches. She was also prompted by our regular discussion and diagnosis of swimming-related injuries which has come (in the most part) from the shared knowledge between Head Coach, Paul Newsome, and his wife Michelle (also a physiotherapist, specialising in shoulder issues). Michelle actually wrote many of the shoulder health related passages within the Swim Smooth Book and was a regular attendee in the early day Swim Smooth Clinics around the world back as far as 2004/5. Jana came to Paul with the idea of producing a collaborative dry-land cord and injury prevention training routine between herself, Paul and Michelle to help swimmers around the world deal with being out of the pool during this period, and what you'll hear today is the result of that work which we're super pumped to finally get across the line!
Whilst many have quickly pushed a variety of dry-land cord work and exercises out into cyber-space, I think you'll understand when you listen to the podcast just how much more considered this program is, and how we'd like to inspire you to maintain aspects of this routine even when you return to the pool. So yes, it's taken us a few weeks to get it out there, but it's been worth it!
You can check out some sneaky peaks on our YouTube Channel and for the full program of 54 exercises (all filmed in glorious HD) and split out over 8 unique sets with accompanying downloadable PDF, check it out on the Swim Smooth Guru for just $1.99/mo.
Thanks for listening and supporting us and our coaches during this very difficult time. Stay safe and well everyone!
Episode 22 - preparing your COVID-19 financial forecast is a little like a swim training program & entirely necessary!
Hey there listeners,
Hope you're managing to navigate the mess that we're in right now with COVID-19. It's certainly a very bizarre, scary and somewhat overwhelming time.
Today's podcast will be a little different - essentially some unfiltered musings from Swim Smooth's Head Coach, Paul Newsome, recorded between a car park and bathroom (no less!) as he attempts to give some strategies that have helped him in the last fortnight with the closures of the local pool, dropping to a zero revenue state for the first time in his coaching career, but how he's trying to apply his coaching, planning and forecasting skills as a swim coach to navigate this financial side of this crisis. We are hoping you can do the same.
As Paul points out, he's far from being a financial advisor and anything stated here is designed purely for rumination and then action on how you can best use your own planning skills as an athlete to work through your own situation. If it prompts nothing more than for you to seek help and advice from a trusted accountant or financial advisor at this time, then please take action.
Given the nature of the "off the cuff" recording, there's a fair bit of repetition within this 57 minute recording, but hopefully the key messages come across well enough for you to take action as suggested and help to sooth at least a morsel of the anxiety you might be feeling right now if you've also lost your job.
We'd love to hear what you think - is this a little too left-field for your liking? Was it helpful? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 21 - Bec Johnson - Type 1 Diabetes Ultramarathon Swimmer and all-round "powerhouse"
We are back with an in-depth conversation today with Bec Johnson, a Type-1 diabetes ultramarathon swimmer coached by Paul Newsome here in Perth, Western Australia.
Bec was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at the age of 17 and was determined not to let it ruin and control her active lifestyle, instead, she leaned into it and in 2015 set up the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth (https://www.type1familycentre.org.au) to inspire others to live a healthy and active life with this incurable disease.
This year, Bec is taken on the huge goal of swimming the following 3 ultramarathon swimming events - and Swim Smooth Head Coach Paul Newsome will be with her along the way - coaching from the boat and occasionally keeping pace in the water alongside Bec (if he's not too afraid of the sharks that is!):
1. The Rottnest Channel Swim (19.7km) on 23rd February 2020
2. The Port-to-Pub Channel Swim (25km and the southern hemisphere's 2nd longest swim) on 21st March 2020
3. A 39.4km swim to Rottnest Island and back again (some time in April when the conditions look good!)
She is charting her progress through her fund-raising campaign: https://www.lifewithoutlimits.com.au and also on https://www.facebook.com/lifewithoutlimits2020/ and is aiming to raise $85,000 for the Type-1 Diabetes Family Centre (currently she's at $60,038 as of 7th March 2020).
Bec is a wonderful ambassador, not just for Type-1 diabetes sufferers, but for everyone in all aspects of life, seeking to squeeze the last drops of fun, joy and adventure in everything she does. She has a super positive outlook filled with gratitude that comes across highly in the podcast and to everyone that she meets. When MP for Stirling Vince Connelly (who features at the start of the podcast) speaks of Bec Johnson and the wonderful work she is doing for diabetes treatment in the Australian Federal Parliament just a few days after the first swim, he calls her an "an absolute powerhouse!" and nothing could more true! This weekend in fact, she will feature on the front cover of the Sunday Times Magazine "STM" in honour of International Women's Day - amazing! She is also the only Australian to have been selected as one of the 100 Fellows of the global Facebook Community Leadership Program and has been nominated for one of the coveted 40 Under 40 awards for her work as co-founder and CEO of the Type-1 Diabetes Family Centre.
Prepare to be wowed and inspired by someone who truly raises the benchmark to a whole new level!
Oh yeah...and we talk about some swimming too and Bec's training regime in the Swim Smooth Perth Squad ;-)
P.S we must apologise for the occasional "welp!" from Paul's pet dog, Sandy! Naughty Sandy!
Fantastic swim focused podcast
This podcast features great hosts, motivational guests, and provides and inside look at Swim Smooth. I’m grateful for the motivation when I’m driving to an early morning swim session.
Good podcast minus the misogyny
Obviously, SwimSmooth is a great resource for open water and long distance swimming. I love them for their expertise here. However, while they excel in teachings, they fail miserably at common day knowledge of how to speak about and honor women. They use the words “chicks” and have a whole series of swim sessions called “pink mist” which they cheekily refer to as a princess or debutante sessions. Hey guys, you ever hear of child birth? Ask your wives. Women are hella strong and probably stronger than men in their tendency to endure. Please get some training on how to treat women. Don’t refer to them as chicks or princesses. Get out of the 80s and 90s mindset, please. It’s embarrassing.
Paul and Adam live with amazing guests!
Love this new podcast for its cutting edge info and interviews, and also for hearing more from Swim Smooth's Paul Newsome and Adam Young. Keep up the great work!