Master Swimmer – Video Analysis with Todd Schmitz

December 12th, 2018

So I went to my masters practice last night. We were mostly doing mid-distance freestyle with a couple of IM sets. I focused on just a couple of the things that Todd had pointed out (most importantly, my head position and my crappy streamline). My 50’s were a good 2-3 seconds faster with minimal effort, and even more of a difference for the longer sets! Three people on my team asked me what was going on with me and why I was swimming so much faster. Super duper exciting!!
Back in the dark ages when I was a developing swimmer, the coaches mostly focused on whether you were actually doing the sets or hiding out on the wall. The coaches would never EVER pull you out of a set to fix anything with your stroke, or do any kind of a stroke clinic. As a result, I have gotten virtually no coaching on how to improve. (anyway, swimming technique has really changed from when I was a high school swimmer 22 years ago)
This was SO awesome to see videos and hear some commentary on what I can do to clean things up. I felt like such a VIP!

Bill Forrester – Head Coach of Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team

December 12th, 2018

Clark was an excellent choice for the clinic!  Kids were motivated and all the coaches learned a few things to help in teaching and mentoring our athletes.  His insights on breaststroke were especially good for our Senior swimmers who attended.  I have used two sets he showed us on a regular basis.  The excitement of the clinic has worn off but the effectiveness of sets has helped our swimmers improve.  When all of my 14 and 15 year old boys get sub minute for 100 breast I will call Clark and let him know.  They might do it too.

Thank you for sending him!
– Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team (1976 & 1980 USA Olympic Swim Team)

Anonymous – Jenison, MI

November 30th, 2018

Thank you for the personal and professional messages to the older kids. Messages from the elite swimmers about setting goals, being the kind of person others want to be around, and spending time with good people are important to their overall lives, in addition to their swimming careers. My middle-schooler liked knowing that the elite swimmers started out exactly where she is now. It made her goal to swim in college seem much more attainable and they reiterated how important hard work is to get results. The lessons in and out of the pool were inspirational and will challenge her to be better. She is now a lifelong fan of Brett, Gabby and Sam.

 

You made my daughter feel like an Olympic champion!

November 27th, 2018

To Brett, Gabby, and Sam: there are absolutely no words to describe the experience for my daughter Taylor and myself. I spent the first day completely overwhelmed at the transformation I saw in my child. She struggles with anxiety and depression and I was worried she would get overwhelmed. Between the momentary one on one and the high fives, you made my daughter feel like an Olympic champion! She is a shy girl not confident in her entries or turns, and you helped her to transform herself into a confident 11 year old. Saturday I spent wiping my eyes because my daughter was taking part in the experience of a lifetime, and Sunday I spent beaming with pride at what I was seeing. I volunteered at the check in table both days and your interaction with her left such a lasting impression. But more than anything, I am grateful for this opportunity and even more proud of her than I have ever been. You didn’t just help her. You helped me!

  • Joy Cottrell
  • Swimmer: Age 11
  • Jenison, Michigan

5 hour drive well worth it!

November 26th, 2018

Sarah Gibson and Shane Ryan were AMAZING!!!! Both of them seemed to know how to teach the skills in an effective way to that age group. It was also great to hear some of the things you wouldn’t normally hear from the coach. Em has learned proper eating with meets, but she has learned even more from the Q&A. It could be that they are younger and are currently still swimming, like the coach is the “parent” but they were the “friends.”

I wanted to thank RSA for hosting this event. My daughter swims down in Savannah and I was worried that the 5 hour one way drive wouldn’t be worth it. I was completely wrong and would drive up to another in a heartbeat if RSA hosted another. I will be watching on the Fitter and Faster site for other clinics for my daughter as the two she attended were incredible.

Maria Andersen – First Clinic

November 26th, 2018

My daughter gained great knowledge in the freestyle clinic regarding how to improve her stroke using her hands, stroke and kick correctly. She also improved her start and her stroke count. They did a great job. My daughter left completely motivated and ready to apply what she learned. She had career dress up day at school the following week and she dressed up as an Olympic swimmer and wore her fitter and faster signed T-shirt. All in all it was an amazing experience for her. Please come back to Columbus/Worthington Ohio!

Jerry Rucker – First Clinic

November 20th, 2018

If the other FF clinicians are half as good as Nick, you are staffing with world class talent. He wasn’t just an amazing swimmer, he is a great coach/mentor. He is very relatable and knowledgeable. He made every swimmer feel like they could be at the Olympics one day and took the time to engage with every child there. If your swimmer needs a kick in the butt to step up their effort, this program is for you. I can’t imagine there wasn’t one swimmer that didn’t walk away from this session energized.

To Nick: Awesome job Nick. You are down to earth and so great with the kids. I didn’t know what to expect with this session but you were engaging and hands on with just about ever swimmer. My son hasn’t stopped talking about his time spent with you and the tips you shared. You are a great storyteller and sharing your experiences at the Olympics had every swimmer and parent proud to be an American! Thank you for inspiring Will to be his very best in the water and sharing your passion for the sport with other future Olympians!

Cathy Thompson – State College, PA

November 20th, 2018

Nick Thoman was hands on with all the swimmers. They all mattered and he took the time to really make sure everyone was on the same page. Great communication on all the skills and drills. Was personable with them to in discussing anything they wanted to ask during questions.

 

Not just a “celebrity coach”

November 20th, 2018

[Sarah Gibson] did a great job being a coach for 2 hours. Too often “celebrity coaches” create an environment that is about themselves, but she made it about the kids the entire time. She taught them skills/techniques, demonstrated them, explained why those skills/techniques mattered, and then gave the kids individual feedback as she watched them do the drills. I would happily bring my daughter to any training program she leads. Thank you!!!!

Shaun Moody – First Clinic

November 10th, 2018

These clinicians were amazing. My daughter felt welcomed from the moment she walked in and received amazing instruction that she continues to talk about and is now implementing into here daily practices. This was a very pleasant experience for both my daughter and myself and we will definitely attend another session in the future.

Biloxi, MS