Does it add value for swimmers?

Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr.., 10-time world record holder, 3-time Olympian, American flag bearer at the 1976 Olympics and co-founder of the Race Club.

AT The Race Club, Head Coach Devin Murphy and I have been coaching swimmers virtually (online) for over two years now. In this role, we see ourselves as assistant coaches, adding value where and as needed. When a difference of opinion arises, we always defer to the head coach. Too many chefs can ruin the kitchen. The function we serve varies according to the needs of each client (Lane 4 Customers), and they can be anywhere on the map. As Lane 4 Trainerswe know our role and we LOVE playing it!

I can now safely say that Devin and I have made a difference for our clients. If they haven’t swum faster with our coaching, which is rare, it has been helpful in making clients happier, improving their attitude, building their swimming confidence or even better tolerating their situation.

You don’t need to take our word for it. Here’s what a few of our Lane 4 customers and their parents have to say about their own experiences:

We have been members of Lane 4 for several years now, and it has been a real asset to us in so many ways! Scheduling calls with Coach Gary before big meets and then asking him to review race footage after the meet really helped my daughter, Olivia, learn what to focus on. It’s hard for coaches with 50 or more swimmers at a meet to really be able to analyze a race like Gary can. We are fortunate to have a coach who appreciates the resource we have in Gary with our Lane 4 membership and has even taken the opportunity to join us on calls when needed. – Olivia in Arkansas

Lane 4 provides the perfect blend of additional technique, stroke skills, stroke analysis, training and mentorship for a swimmer. Just having one more person on your team to cheer you on and focus on the skills that will make a difference has made such a difference to my swimming. Bad habits have been systematically flushed out and I am now focusing on the techniques needed to shave split seconds off my time to reach national championships. The whole philosophy of Race Club fits very well into my club’s training – I have the opportunity to elevate every workout to focused training for myself, and I’ve seen the results both in my swimming and in reducing minor injuries. I always get a boost after my Lane 4 sessions. – Evie in the UK

The Race Club Lane 4 membership has had a huge impact on our son’s swimming and personal growth. When our local swim club disbanded, Lane 4 became our only source for swimming coaching and advice. What makes lane four unique is that it becomes a partnership with the swimmer and the coach. While many coaches in the swimming community are not open to feedback and discussion about coaching methods and techniques, Devin has always encouraged feedback and discussion. Our son became a swimming student, constantly analyzing the techniques of world-class swimmers. He frequently asks Devin questions about things he’s noticed and they discuss the pros and cons and, if they can’t come to a consensus, Devin always says “let’s put a clock on it”. This goes towards training plans as well as Devin frequently asking our son how he would like to train and plan for the season, before he develops the training program for him. I think the two grew together on the journey to college swimming and developed a relationship to help our son always progress and grow. – Julian in Oregon

I decided to sign up for the Lane 4 subscription. Access to water notes and videos helped me retain everything I learned from camp. Additionally, The Race Club is constantly researching and providing up-to-date swimming studies. In addition to camps and lane memberships, I also attend personal training sessions with Gary Hall Sr twice a year. Although I learn a lot from these sessions, the continuous online coaching throughout the year allows me to maintain and develop my skills. Gary Hall Sr. will customize a training program just for you and work with your club team coach while helping you maintain and improve your technique. – Kenzi in Florida

Joining Lane 4 has given our daughter a whole new level of coaching that has proven to be invaluable. The mental coaching provided by Coach Devin helped our daughter overcome a major obstacle to her success, race day anxiety! He gave her the tools and support she needed to become a mentally stronger swimmer. Devin also taught him how to set seasonal goals and race plans, which greatly accelerated his time drops and performance. She is more focused than ever, she is swimming the best times and she has become a more confident swimmer. We highly recommend Lane 4 membership to anyone looking for that competitive edge. – Olivia in Kentucky

I have been a member of Lane 4 for almost 3 years now. I think it was one of the best decisions I made to advance my swimming. My favorite part of Lane 4 is being able to have virtual meetings with Devin after an encounter. He can analyze my technique and show me what I need to correct. Plus, Lane 4 has a video for almost every tech question I’ve ever had. It’s nice to be able to watch these videos anytime. Being a member of Lane 4 gave me the opportunity to work with an elite coach outside of my club team and I feel that without it I wouldn’t be the swimmer I am today. – Baily in Pennsylvania

For that little extra edge and a little more coaching help, we hope you’ll join us for Lane 4!

Yours in swimming,

Gary Sr.

Gary Hall, Sr., Race Club Technical Director and Head Coach (courtesy of TRC)

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Because life is worth swimming, our mission is to promote swimming through sport, lifelong fun and health benefits. Our goal is for every Race Club member and participant to improve their swimming performance, health and self-esteem through our educational programs, services and creativity. We strive to help each Race Club member overcome challenges and achieve their individual life goals.

The Race Club provides facilities, coaching, training, technical instruction, videos, fitness and health programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Race Club swim camps are designed and tailored to meet the needs of every swimmer, whether trying to reach the Olympics or simply improving their fitness. Our programs are suitable for beginner swimmers, recreational swimmers, fitness swimmers, US or YMCA swimmers, or triathletes; anyone who wants to improve their swimming skills. All members of our Race Club share the joy of being in the water and use swimming to stimulate a more active mind and body.

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