Swim Sport Psychology

Mental Prep for Swim Racing

Prepare for race day with a proven sport psychology training routine

Our mindfulness centered training guide for swim racing was developed by internationally known sport and clinical psychologist, Dr. John Heil, to help you get in the zone and improve your performance.

What's included...

A two part training program to help you gain a competitive edge

The core of the program is a 20 minute long mindfulness based exercise that guides you through the steps to get in the zone, both on in training and when you need it most: on race day.

It can be used as a video enhanced meditation or audio.

Delve deeper into the concepts and psychological theory behind the training guide using the theory guidebook. 

In the tutorial section, you’ll receive helpful background and theory. In the script section,   you’ll learn to customize your mental training routine to suite your needs.

Learn how to get in the Zone

A technique used by Olympians focusing on control, concentration, self talk, and imagery

The “Zone” theory is the guiding principle behind Mental Prep for Swim Racing. It’s based on a routine that prepares you for meets by anticipating challenges, developing an action plan and rehearsing the plan so that it’s ready for you whenever you need it. 


Overcome distractions, self-doubt, and fatigue that undermine your performance.


Prepare yourself in advance for the critical moments that precede the start of your events.


Regulate the intensity of your breathing and focus both pre-race and in the water.

See what’s inside…

Watch a sample from the Mental Prep for Swim Racing Training Guide.

female swimmer

“Perfectly structured for in-season preparation and race day visualization…”

Starts out by addressing the simplest elements of life and athletic performance, “breathing”. Often overlooked by many athletes yet essential to master during practice and on race day, breathing is where it all begins and ends, particularly in the big events.

After the breathing section of the DVD, specific “in-pool” visualization techniques are given in an almost hypnotic manner, which is a well-proven retention enhancement technique.

Immediately after starting the DVD, I recalled my son’s most recent race in which he had uncharacteristically “gassed” himself in the first half of a race only to be agonizingly tracked down and passed by two other racers. Watching and listening to this DVD can only help the swimmer in that type of scenario.

When routinely watched in a quiet setting and before every big race, this “psychological tool” will improve the swimmer’s entire racing experience and ultimately result in faster times.”

Bob Burchfield

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