In L.A. Next Week? Take A Swim Lesson With Olympian Gary Hall Sr.

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published May 6, 2014
Senior editor Jené Shaw gets a lesson from Gary Hall Sr.

Three-time Olympic medalist and frequent Triathlete contributor Gary Hall Sr. usually coaches through The Race Club in Islamorada, Fla., but from May 9–16 (and more dates TBD in July) he’ll be coaching one-on-one sessions in the Los Angeles area.

Each two-hour session is catered to the individual, and he welcomes swimmers and triathletes of all ages and ability levels. Given Hall’s background as a physician and vast experience in stroke mechanics, he starts newcomers off with a lesson in fundamentals that will help even the most scientifically-challenged swimmer (this author) understand what makes one way of swimming more efficient than another. The session is a mix of pool time plus dryland strength training and stretching. (Want to finally improve that ankle flexibility? He’s got tricks for that.)

From personal experience, I can say Hall’s coaching style is motivational, patient and honest (“you have no kick”), and he sincerely cares about your personal goals as an athlete. From his years of experience coaching swimmers to the Olympic level, it takes him no time to unearth your biggest weaknesses—in a non-intimidating way—and give you very specific takeaways on how to improve them.

The two-hour sessions, held at the Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center in Pacific Palisades, are $375 each with Gary Hall Sr. and $325 each with any other Race Club coach. Gary’s son Richard and daughter Amy also coach year-round at the aquatic center or in private homes.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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