I have heard over and over again “how can I make swimming easier?” I have some reality about swimming…it’s HARD! It hurts your shoulders, legs, abs, lungs….everything! If it were easy, everyone would do it! And if it were easy, you wouldn’t get into the amazing shape that it gets you in! It wouldn’t burn the billion of calories that it does! And if it were easy… you wouldn’t get the satisfaction that you do from your results! I have swam many many miles, put in more hours than I can count, I have cried, bled, even puked (yes, gross and TMI, but that is the life of a swimmer!! I’m just telling it as I have experienced!). Despite this, I wouldn’t be nearly as proud as I am at my accomplishments, if I didn’t go through all that I have. Swimming is hard. I will never deny that. My pride in being a swimmer comes from the hardness of it!


If you are reading this thinking…I just want swimming to be easy, let me ask you this…. is running always easy? or biking? playing basketball? wrestling? whatever sport you play? To be great, one must put in the work! My favorite quote always has been, and always will be “I hated ever minute of training, but I said, ‘don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'” -Ali. If you goal is to get into shape, then you are working to be a champion. A champion of your life. If you are working to run a marathon, you are looking to be a champion. Champion does not mean 1st place. Champion to me is setting a goal and doing everything you can to achieve it. Even if you miss it, at least YOU know that YOU did all that you can to get there! Swimming makes you tough. It makes you tough to the point where you can go out there and run a marathon, you can resist that huge piece of cake staring you down, get up on the blocks and race the person next to you. Whatever it may be! Be a champion of your life! Don’t take the easy way out. I promise you….taking the easy way will not get you to your goals. Giving it all you have….will!

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Holidays are HERE!

Holiday season is upon us! We will all begin to pig out on turkey, stuffing and of course….DESSERTS!!! Then comes January 1, when everyone decides it’s time to ditch the unwanted pounds and get back into shape!! So everyone rushes to the gym, and after a few weeks, realizes the long waits for the treadmill and equipment is annoying, and working out takes a back seat. I sure have been there before!!

So I have a proposal! Utilize iSWIM as a way to lose weight and maintain those New Years resolutions!!! Swimming is great exercise. You utilize ALL muscle groups! Get cardiovascular activity. And it’s no impact! So do you have weak joints?! Well, swimming is the perfect form of exercise for you! Have issues with flexibility?! Swimming will help!! Just plain hate to run?? Why not try swimming?!?!

Back to the whole weight loss, New Years resolution deal… If weight loss is your goal…I will help you formulate plans to help you achieve your goals. I am not and will not pretend to be a nutritionist, however, I have done a lot of research… the coaches will help you with the swimming and exercise portion. I will help you formulate meal plans. I also will help you with outside water exercise (dryland workouts)…in fact……..I will DO these workouts with you!!! My final offer to you…to make this more lucrative….I have talked with some people who are specialists in the nutrition field. They have agreed to help make plans for weight loss, muscle gain, or help you just obtain general good health!

So, this is my proposal to you! When you start your goals for 2013…instead of spending money at the gym… come swim with us! I guarantee it’ll help you with your goals AND I promise you that I will help you with all that extra “stuff”!!!!
Have a HAPPY Day!!!

What’s YOUR goal

In all of my years of swimming…I have learned that having goals really makes life easier! Having an objective…something to drive you….something to fight for and work towards. One thing my amazing coach at Purdue, Cathy, instilled in us, was setting goals….long term, short term, day goals, practice goals…goals for everything! When I finished swimming at Purdue…I wouldn’t say I stopped setting goals…but I wouldn’t say I was as diligent as I was prior with my goal setting. When I was a Student-Athlete at Purdue…I had goals written down for EVERYTHING. I wrote my goal time and hung it in my bathroom, in my refrigerator, in my notebooks, bedroom, phone, everywhere!! Well when I was done swimming competitively, I didn’t really know what to right down and fight for. I mean…what would I say… “walk to the mailbox and back”?!?! I suppose I still had goals to get A’s in my courses, and work hard, etc. But it just wasn’t the same.

Last Saturday, I had my first swim meet in 5 years! It was awesome. It was so fun to get up on the starting block and let my competitive juices flow! After my favorite race (50 free), I said to myself…ok I can drop 2 seconds, I know I can. I set a GOAL! I thought about what I can do to improve. It felt SO good to set a goal again!! As I reflected on my goal setting…I thought to myself.. I really need to get back to setting daily goals. They don’t HAVE to be swimming related (though they probably will be!)…but I realized how fulfilling it is to have a goal, to work towards it, and to ultimately achieve it!!

I encourage you to set goals! Long term, short term, and everything in-between. You may be thinking….I am not a competitive swimmer, Rachel, what goals can I set… Well allow me to give you some suggestions…a starting point to formulate your own goals!

Short term:

Smile at a stranger, park the car a little further from the door at a store and walk, do 10 squats at your desk every hour for the entire work day, don’t get upset, hold the door for someone, eat 5 pieces of fruit…….you get the idea…. make an obtainable goal…maybe something that’ll help your health, maybe something that’ll help your happiness…just MAKE a goal!!!

Long term:

Run a 5k, swim an hour straight NONSTOP!, do a full 25 underwater, lose 10 pounds, do 50 pushups nonstop…..get the idea here?? Set something that you can’t do right now, that you can work towards. 

I really do encourage you to set some goals! I promise you, you will feel more fulfilled!!

~Rachel Sitarz