Daily Swim, Swimspiration

Be Inspired: It’s all about Form, Function & what’s Beneath the Surface!

Rebecca Adlington - At full stretch - Beneath the SurfaceIn the run up to the swim of my life, I’ve been looking for motivation and inspiration in many places.

I’ve been checking out the following documentaries focusing on Olympic athletes from the BMW London 2012 Performance Team; which explore what it takes to deliver the ultimate performance on the world stage be it swimming, gymnastics or more.

Beneath the Surface

This film takes a look under the water to see how Rebecca Adlington delivers her ultimate performance ahead of London 2012. Made by Steven Riley, the director of Fire in Babylon, it examines the mental and physical challenges that face the swimming champion
Directed by: BMW Presents | Starring: Rebecca Adlington vs. BMW 3 Series

It’s pretty awesome [especially in the slow-mos] to see how athletes will attain attributes which can be likened to a vehicle such as power, determination, speed and endurance…BMW presents Rebecca Adlington in Beneath the Surface

What are the resemblances to BMW? It’s all about shape, and how it’s important to boost an efficient and dynamic performance – comparing the surface of the new BMW 3 Series to that of a swimmer.

Personally I love these quotes, comparisons and the tips on form and technique that can be taken from this:

Rebecca Adlington - Breathing Beneath the Surface“10 sessions a week, week in, week out for 10 years, just for an 8 minute race…it’s all the details that go into that race that make the difference; trying to be as efficient as possible having a good technique and not wasting up all my energy” – Rebecca Adlington
Rebecca Adlington - Bubbles Beneath the Surface“Athletes are really trying to maximise the performance that they get out from minimum energy…this is the paradox, that the more elegant and the more graceful the design, actually means it’s more powerful!” – BMW


These insights into the talented sports men and women really are awe inspiring!

Form and Function

This documentary by Richard D’ Argues discovers the tensions between delivering both aesthetics and technical ability in British gymnast Louis Smith’s preparation performance as he aims for gold. It also learns of the equivalents with the development of the new BMW i8.
Directed by: BMW Presents | Starring: Loui Smith vs. BMW i8

These films not only emphasize the intensity and excitement of an athlete’s life but examine the mental and physical challenges and pressures facing Olympians ahead of the London 2012 Games – [put it this way, they’ve really put all of the worries I’ve had into perspective and given me confidence too; seeing how the body can endure being pushed that extra mile both physically and mentally!]

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  1. Hi guys. First ever swimathon. 53 yrs age. Just about to start 8 week training. Can I Do it?????

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