Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Nuts and Bolts of Swimming

I recently received an e-mail from one of my former swimmers, telling me that he has finally found the key to swimming competitively. He explained to me that his thoughts and concentration were always on bettering his time or making the cut for whatever meet he was in. He never experienced the fun of just racing! Then one day he said to himself, “all I am going to do today is win my heat”…And what do you know, he is having fun and bettering his time.

It brought me back to a book I read some years ago written by Dr.Keith Bell, called the “Nuts and Bolts of Swimming”… Nut’s and Bolt’s is a great book for the aspiring swimmer. This book includes tips about how to keep yourself on track in training and the psychological aspects of swimming. I would recommend it to any swimmer who is having difficulty keeping their goals in sight. This book helps swimmers to understand they are not the only ones feeling the pressure and the psychological strains involved in swimming at a higher level. This is also great for coaches who are having a hard time motivating their swimmers. It gives ideas and advice to swimmers and coaches alike and I would recommend it full heartedly to any swimmer or swim coach. I hope it is still in circulation, you may be able to find it on

nuts and bolts


June 2, 2008 - Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches

1 Comment »

  1. Hello Coach Pete —

    Thanks for the mention of Dr. Keith Bell’s book: The Nuts & Bolts of Psychology for Swimmers. Your readers might wish to know that this and his other titles for swimmers, coaches & parents, can be found at our website: You would appreciate his most recent title “76 Rules for Outperforming the Competition.”

    He also makes daily entries to his blog: “Splashing Around in my Brain” found at:

    Congratulations on a successful coaching career and best wishes in your retirement.

    Sandy Neilson-Bell

    Comment by Sandy Neilson-Bell | June 3, 2008 | Reply

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