There have been many times in my life where I truly thought that life couldn't get any better. As I stand now at the end of the decade, I look back at the "2010s" in awe.
In 2015, I retired, moved to Colorado, and bought my first house. It was a year of transition which brought with it so much excitement. I began working more with Fitter and Faster which allowed me to find new passions I never knew I had. I also started attending Deer Creek Camp and leading their X-Stream Swim Camp.
There were so many times in my life where I thought "How could anything ever top this?"...
NONE OF IT was as great as 2019!
This year I got engaged in February to my best friend and the love of my life. We had our dream wedding in September. Two days later we moved to Reno for my husband's dream job. We bought our dream house (with my dream kitchen), dream couch, and our dream car. I have my dream job where we almost doubled our revenue from last year.
This year has been the best year of my life and I have so many people to thank. First is God from whom all blessings flow. A close second would be Jake for choosing me, marrying me, and loving me so well. Then my parents (Wendy & David) for always supporting me and for giving us our dream wedding. Finally David Arluck for believing in me and helping me find my calling outside of the pool.
All of these 'ups' didn't come without 'downs'. You'll notice there are years I didn't mention. Years of constant disappointment and struggling with loneliness and anxiety. Sometimes it was hard to believe I could ever be happy or loved. Fortunately, I serve a God who whispers in my ear to get up every time I fall and I stayed a warrior in prayer telling God exactly what I wanted out of life.
Matthew 7:7 says "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."
My prayer for 2020 is to recognize how truly blessed I am! I am going to enter into the new decade with gratitude in my heart for all that I have been given. I also pray to not get comfortable. I pray for God to help me find even more ways to grow and use me for his purpose in 2020. Even though 2019 was an amazing year, I truly believe we're just getting started.
Cheers and Happy New Year Everyone!
I wanted to tell you all about the top 13 summer camps that I recommend attending this year. These camps are taught by the swimmers who not only reached a very high level of the sport, but who I also trust as excellent teachers and role models.
Attending multiple camps (even with the same curriculum) can be incredibly valuable. I learn new drills and ways of describing technique every time I work alongside a different clinician. Hearing the same skills described differently will make new things 'click' into place each time you attend a camp.
These camps are listed in chronological order:
1. Waterford, MI
June 8 & 9, September 7 & 8, and September 15
This swim camp consists of two two-day swim camps followed by an elite video filming and analysis session. The curriculum will be:
2. Clermont, FL
Over 5 Days participants will work to improve in all areas of racing fast. This camp is led by Olympic gold medalist and close friend Nick Thoman along with National Champion Emma Reaney! Sessions are limited to 36 swimmers. This camp is just 30 minutes away from Disney World!
3. Kingsport, TN
This is another 5-day swim camp. Each day of this swim camp is focused on the details of fast swimming. Leading each session will be National Champion and incredible coach Austin Surhoff. Austin always gets fantastic reviews from his camps. His teaching style is very effective
4. Schaumburg, IL
Once of my favorite clinicians to work with is Scott Weltz. Now a father of 2 girls, Scott has an incredible eye for technique and fun approach to teaching technique. This is another 5-day camp limited to 35 swimmers in each session.
5. Fairbanks, AK
This is another 5-day camp, but this time IT'S IN ALASKA!!! The older sessions are SOLD OUT, but there is still space available in the younger session. Leading this camp is Olympic medalist Kim Vandenberg along with Liam McCloskey and Tommy Brewer!
6. Voorhees, NJ
I did a camp in Voorhees in December and I absolutely love this facility! This camp is limited to 36 participants and is also led by Olympic medalist Kim Vandenberg. Kim is a very real, honest, and relatable clinician. Swimmers at her camps have an amazing experience.
7. Arlington, VA
June 24-28, July 9-11, July 16-18, July 23-25, July 30-August 1, August 13-15
This camp is probably the one I'm most excited about. This is the "Mother of all Swim Camps". It will consist of SIX CAMPS and TWENTY SESSIONS. The series begins with a five-day “Technique Academy” followed by five, Three-Day Comprehensive Racing Camps – each focusing on a specific stroke. Each swim camp in the series is limited to only 36 participants and will be led by Olympic Medalists.
8. Houston, TX
June 29 & 30, September 7 & 8, November 30 & December 1
This is a series of three swim camps designed to cover all 4 strokes as well as starts and turns. The series will consist of:
9. Torrance, CA
I might actually sign up for this swim camp. I know for a fact that I had photos of the three clinicians leading these camps on my wall when I was younger. I can't imagine having the opportunity to learn from Brett Hawke, Gary Hall Jr., and Michael Klim ALL AT THE SAME TIME! This swim camp is insane. I can't even. Check it out:
10. Long Island, NY
Leading this Academy is Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary. I love Tyler's message of "Why Not Me". Everybody who attends his camps leaves with more confidence as well as the knowledge of technique for faster racing. This is another 5-day camp limited to 36 swimmers in each session.
11. San Bruno, CA
July 31-August 4
I'm especially excited about this camp! The curriculum for this Academy will mirror the event schedule at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Palo Alto, CA.
At checkout you can also add a BONUS ticket which includes a ticket to watch Finals at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships the evening of the camp with your Elite Clinicians. You will also receive a Fitter and Faster limited addition t-shirt!
This is an “Elite” Academy which means that each session is limited to no more than 36 participants.
The Academy will be led by Elite Clinician Nick Thoman! Nick is one of Fitter and Faster’s most experienced clinicians and will bring unparalleled expertise and wisdom to your swimmer. He is an Olympic gold medalist and World Champion… and a very experienced clinician who delivers results.
Click here for details and registration
12. Indianapolis, IN
August 3 & 4, August 17 & 18, August 24 & 25, September 7 & 8, and September 14
This camp has a basic concept. Work on one stroke per weekend for 4 weekends, then have your strokes filmed and analyzed. This camp has it all and each session is led by Olympians. There are a total of 8 swim camp sessions and a video session. I absolutely LOVE this camp format!
13. Minneapolis, MN
Last, but certainly not least, is our Minneapolis Academy. Five days of technique work with Kim Vandenberg! With only 36 participants in each session, I predict this camp will fill up by July 1st.
In butterfly, you want to stay as horizontal in the water as possible with hips high and chest low. In this video, two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton demonstrates a drill progression to teach swimmers how to maintain a proper body position through a whole race.
Timing is everything in butterfly. You can have the perfect technique, but if the "when" of your stroke isn't correct it will feel a lot harder (and slower) than it should be. Watch Chloe demonstrate some common mistakes and the proper timing for a fast and efficient butterfly stroke.
A very common issue in freestyle is when a swimmer's legs sink. This doesn't usually have much to do with how hard they're kicking. It's more about posture and core engagement. Watch this video and follow this drill progression to improve your body position for a faster and more efficient freestyle
The fastest way that elite swimmers move through the water is by dolphin kicking underwater. This is a very challenging skill because it takes not only technique, but also strength and rhythm. Watch this video where Chloe teaching drills and provides tips to achieve a stronger and faster underwater dolphin kick.
In your IM, you have 4 options for your backstroke to breaststroke turn. The fastest proven turn is called the crossover turn! It looks a lot more complicated than it is. It's simply a touch on your back and then a flip turn on your side.
The rules are that you need to touch on your back and push off towards your front. That's it. You won't master this turn the first time, so practice! practice! practice! Hopefully this video will make it easier for you!
Open turns are the turns that you use in your breaststroke and butterfly races. Most swimmers think of the open turn as a "turn around". Instead, drive your knees in and think of it as a backwards flip! Try this new way of thinking at your next practice!
Are you trying to learn how to flip turn faster? Here's a video of Chloe Sutton demonstrating a drill for swimmers to learn to flip without using your arms. Try it and let us know in the comments what you think!
Thank you so much for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received from all of you here on YouTube! Below, I have added some information on how you can learn from me IN PERSON!
I have been working with Fitter and Faster for 7 years now. I travel to dozens of cities every year to share my knowledge of stroke technique with swimmers of all ages and abilities.
Chloe Sutton - Sharing my experience of 20 years of competitive swimming including 8 years on the National Team and 2 Olympic Games.