I honestly have no clue…
In the past, Jelly and I have guilt tripped our friends that were iffy about swimming. If you know someone is on the fence about joining the team, drag them to practice for a week and don’t let them leave until they’ve gotten through that week (They usually stay because they find out that swimmers are the coolest people ever. Duh.).
Dry hair/skin care:
- Use Pantene for dry/thick hair. I swear by it.
- If your skin is naturally really oily, even with all of the chlorine exposure, use Neutrogena products with a face moisturizer. If your skin gets dried out by the chlorine, use St. Ives products.
- Lotion up your legs after every shave otherwise you end up looking like a lizard.
- Use shaving cream when you shave. It keeps you from having to shave often.
- Lots of greens
- Proteins: meats, tofu, grains, legumes, nuts, protein shakes if that’s how you roll
- Girls, make sure you’re getting enough iron. Either take iron pills, eat lots of spinach, or order some pumpkin seed butter online (they only sell it in Canada. It’s high in iron and tastes just like peanut butter, but with less fat).
- Make a day a week where you indulge in whatever. By indulge, I don’t mean a square of chocolate, I mean go all out. Eat a whole tub of ice cream, a whole bag of potato chips, or a whole pizza. It feels good. You’re working hard enough that you deserve it.
Recently we went down a rabbit hole reading Mike Gustafson’s Twitter feed, a brilliant homage to competitive swimming. It stirred up some nostalgia for the 25% of us (i.e., Caroline and Kerry) who are former competitive swimmers. While we’re so grateful for life lessons learned in the pool—about the power of discipline, dedication, and drag suits—we’re also glad that we’ve since discovered ways to exercise that allow us to sleep past 3:55am.
Person who asked question, look! More moves!
Grabbing and gripping the hip bone really hard causes defense to stay away from you. It’s also annoying.
Another one is grabbing the armpit/shoulder blade area. You basically stick your thumb in your offense/defense’s armpit, and then grip their shoulder blade with the rest of your four fingers. Then, squeeze hard. It’s uncomfortable and it hurts. It also takes your opponent by surprise because usually no one goes for the armpits, so they’ll do something unexpected. If you continue to do it, they’ll get annoyed and probably foul you.
Those are the two most effective ones I know of!