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If you want to improve and enhance your swimming performances in the pool this season, then you have come to the right place.
What SwimCompetitive.com is all About.
My name is Benjamin Strydom, I am the swimmer behind SwimCompetitive.com, as well as the author of all of the articles on this website. I started SwimCompetitive because I am very passionate about competitive swimming (as well as swimming in general) and love sharing everything I have learned from and about the sport.
If you are a swimmer or coach, from any level, looking to further your knowledge about the sport of competitive swimming and reach your swimming goals, then SwimCompetitive is the ultimate resource for you. I have written a wide range of articles covering everything from swimming technique, tips, mindset and swim gear.
I have more than a decade of experience in competitive swimming and it’s still growing. (I am still swimming, training and competing). My writing is the reason why my articles have been read by tens of thousands of swimmers in the last year alone.
All of the articles on SwimCompetitive.com are highly researched and will usually contain scientific studies and information, as well as my own advice that I have obtained through my experience in the sport of swimming.
A few of the topics I write about include, dry-land, nutrition, weight lifting for swimmers, swimming gear, swim drills and technique and much, much more!
My own swimming journey
I started swimming at about the age of five or six years old, but never took it up too seriously. I swam around two times per week until the age of 11 and participated in a couple of other sports.
I could never seem to figure out which sport I liked, and quite frankly, to be honest, I wasn’t very good at any of the sports I took part in up until then. I was starting to grow frustrated and I was not very happy with were my physical performance and sporting career was headed.
Up until one day, when I made my school’s A team (first team or whatever) for swimming. I decided to drop everything else and to double down on competitive swimming. I started swimming 4 or 5 times a week from the age of 12 and rapidly improved my swimming PBs.
At 13 years old I introduced myself to dry-land workouts and some gym training and started creating my own exercise programs and routines. I drastically improved my physical condition and with hard swim training and the help of my coaches, managed to qualify for junior nationals.
To a lot of top age-group swimmers, this might not seem like a big deal, but to me it was. You see, up until that point in my life and swimming career I had always thought it almost impossible and could never see myself achieving such a thing. (Until the actual night before my race that is).
From that day, I decided that I wanted to make swimming my life. I love the sport and enjoy training more than anything in this world. I decided to triple down on my swim practices and gym workouts once again while also putting more and more emphasis on recovery, mobility, and flexibility as time went by and I became smarter with my training.
Fast forward until the present day and I have competed in many finals on the national level, won a couple of big medals here and there and swam at an international competition or two around the world.
I continue to swim and train on a daily basis, practically every single day of the week, every single month of the year. Now, when I am not in the pool, I also preoccupy myself with writing articles for SwimCompetitive and helping other swimmers to reach their goals.
Fun Fact: My favorite swimming event is the 100m butterfly, with the 50m and 200m fly closely following.
Anyway, I hope that you will enjoy your visit here and that you can learn a thing or two to enhance your swimming performances and bring you closer to your goals. Make sure to contact me via the contact page if you have any questions and to check out my blog for additional swimming articles-
See you there!