Birthday: April 7, 1987
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Now Resides: Woodland Hills, CA
Height: 5’ 10’’
Main Stroke: Breaststroke
3 x Olympian for New Zealand
First New Zealander under the minute mark for the 100m Breaststroke, Long Course
New Zealand record holder in the 50, 100 & 200 Breaststroke, both short and long course
A Commonwealth Games silver medallist
Took the bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the Pan Pacific Championship in 2014
Glenn Snyders’ love of swimming makes him the perfect candidate for teaching your next swim clinic with Fitter and Faster. Glenn retired from swimming a few years ago but has been unable to stay away from the water and is currently catching the salty waves in LA as a lifeguard. He’s excited to be able to return to the pool with Fitter and Faster to and be able to teach the next generation of swimmers.
“I’m thrilled to teach with Fitter and Faster because I’m able to give back to the sport I love and competed in for so many years. I am excited to share my experience and knowledge, and help swimmers achieve their goals,” Glenn said.
In his clinics, Glenn likes “to emphasize the importance of technique, as well as to practice the skills that the swimmers will be doing in a race. This comes down to the little things like pushing off the wall and focusing on streamlines so the swimmers learn to not breath in and out of a freestyle turn, swimming is all about muscle memory.”
Glenn wants the young athletes to always take what they learn in his clinics back to their home pools and practice what they learned. He also encourages swimmers to set goals and stick with them no matter what, and he wants them to enjoy every minute of what they’re doing.
Glenn says to “ask as many questions as they can, whether they think they’re silly or not.” “If you don’t ask questions you won’t fully understand the content of the lesson, says Glenn. Athletes should “try and soak in everything the clinicians are telling them and try and relate what the coaches are saying to their own swimming.”
Glenn hopes to teach participants life-long lessons much like his club coach taught him when he was growing up. “He (his club coach) taught me what it takes to be a better athlete, and a better version of myself. He taught me that it’s not just swimming laps, it’s about who you are as a person, the way you present yourself.” Glenn also focuses on the aspects of swimming outside of the pool that lead you to your goals such as dry land, nutrition, and recovery.
Swimming has taught Glenn dedication and discipline and he’s been able to bring those qualities into other aspects of his life. “Take ownership for yourself and align that into post swimming. I’m an ocean lifeguard and it takes the dedication and discipline that swimming has taught me to be great at my job, it shows ownership in my actions, and I need these qualities because people’s lives are in my hands.”
Book Glenn Snyders today because he takes his passion for swimming and transforms it in a way that inspires swimmers at his clinics.