AGUA Masters Weekly Newsletter
A Note from Coach John
Get out of the winter funk and shed the limitations of your comfort zone like a heavy winter coat when spring arrives. As swimmers, we tend to gravitate toward our comfort zones when offered the opportunity. Some of us avoid specific strokes in a “choice” set—raise your hand if you never do fly on a choice set. Others gravitate toward pull buoys and paddles rather than developing their kick. For my part, I avoid backstroke like COVID-19 and almost always breathe to one side.

Sometimes it is worthwhile to focus on what you don’t like for a while.What is your comfort zone as a swimmer? How about as an athlete in general?
Spring is a perfect time to break free of those training comfort zones. Do you tell yourself “I’m not a morning person and can only come to two evening practices a week”? Spring out of that comfort zone and commit to one morning a week. Do you find your speed plateauing? Take private sessions with one of your favorite AGUA coaches or get into the fitness center and move some iron! Perhaps your comfort zone is your lane. Try moving up a lane for one set. Just try it at one practice. Sometimes all it takes is a tentative step to get out of your comfort zone!

If you have any questions, my door is always open. Please feel free to email me at [email protected].

See you at the pool,

–Coach John
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A Few Reminders...
  • Save 30% on Personal Training – Take advantage of our ongoing discount for AGUA Masters swimmers. Trainers will collaborate with your coaches to build an individualized program designed to translate fitness center results into success in the pool. Email [email protected] to get started.

  • Team Unify Account Access – If you are having trouble accessing your TeamUnify account, please reach out to Coach John directly at [email protected].

  • Register for Practice –You may register for one swimming practice per day, at either Asphalt Green campus, up to two weeks in advance. Visit your campus website to book workouts today:
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Asphalt Green has helped thousands of children stay active through free programs in schoolyards, gymnasiums, and pools across New York City. Today, the organization is focused on providing a critical mental and physical outlet for kids in a socially distant world.