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. Paul Newsome and his co-hosts, 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 methodology is all about. Thanks for listening!
Episode 30 - Rob Hutchings, The Downriver Nomad
We've got a cracker of a podcast for you this week - a fireside chat with Rob Hutchings, author of The Downriver Nomad, as he tells his story about dealing with the adversity of an alcoholic parent, the heartache of trying to adopt a child, and how he's found solace in his open water swimming pursuits and his own triathlon adventures, including swimming the length of the Clutha River in New Zealand, a distance of 256km!
Rob has some profoundly deep messages in this podcast about discovering within yourself what swimming is all about to you, about how to find challenges without necessarily having to enter competitions, and how to really embrace the joy and release that swimming provides.
As a chiropractor and also a regular yoga and pilates student, Rob offers up some great advice with respect to a more rounded approach to your swimming with regards to injury prevention and rehab too.
We hope you enjoy!
Episode 29 - Ross Davenport - 3-time Olympian and FINIS business manager
Today we're joined by Ross Davenport - 3-time Olympian, 2-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, former European record holder and now FINIS international business development manager.
We talk about Ross's childhood as a wannabe soccer star, his break at 12yrs old from swimming and the pivotal moment that saw him return to the pool fully committed and ready for action. Interestingly enough, former podcast superstars Rebecca Adlington and David Davies have also have similar hiatus periods in their adolescent years only to return more fired up than ever. Ross's interview is a great one to listen to with your kids in this regard as there are some excellent life and moral stories to be gained.
As Ross discusses right at the start of the show, Paul was Ross's key referee for landing his role with FINIS, a position in which Ross has been in for over 8 years now. Ross's passion and enthusiasm for swimming really shone through when Paul first met Ross at the Loughborough University in 2013, shortly after Ross had retired from competitive swimming. During that meeting as part of one of the Swim Smooth 3-day Coach Education Courses, Ross blistered through an amazing 100m kicking set in well under 1:05! Crazy. The coaches loved it! From there, FINIS CEO, John Mix, was looking for someone who understood swimming and the company's training aids and Ross was Paul's obvious first choice for the role. After a trip over to California for the interview, John was suitably impressed and the rest, as they say, is history.
We hope you enjoy!
Episode 28 - what does fighting on the front-line of COVID-19, shoulder injury and learning a 2-beat kick have in common? Dr Jess Potter, that's what!
In today's podcast, we speak with Jess Potter, our online video analysis competition winner from a couple of weeks ago.
The conversation with Jess - a respiratory specialist from London, UK who's been fighting on the front-line over the pandemic - was so engaging that we thought you might benefit from her story in podcast form, if you wish to see the video analysis, please pop over to this YouTube link.
The video analysis commences at ~20 minutes into the clip. In it, we discuss the following:
how Jess's hand entry has led to some shoulder injury woes and how to fix them
how Jess's pull-through on her left precludes her from being able to breathe bilaterally as comfortably as she'd like
how Jess has been unable to master a 2-beat leg kick for marathon swimming because of her catch and pull through...fix these up though and she (and you!) could be onto a winner!
Episode 27 - Rebecca Adlington, double-Olympic GOLD medallist!
What a cracker of an episode Paul Newsome and co-host Lucy Gibson have in store for you today with special guest, Rebecca Adlington - double Olympic gold medallist and former world record holder in the 800m freestyle event with an incredible 8:14.10.
Becky has recently got married and had her second child, Albie, so we are incredibly grateful to have spent an hour in her company discussing her story and rise to dominance in the swimming world. As well as her amazing career, the podcast covers life after swimming, her great relationship with coach Bill Furniss and a 20 question Pub Quiz challenge to boot!
Join us and challenge yourself to 100m of fast freestyle for every time Paul says “you’re my absolute favourite swimmer” without reservation.
Ladies and gents, Rebecca Adlington - whoop!
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
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!