About Bryan Allott

Bryan has competed in lifesaving and triathlon since 1992 and is the current Around the Rocks open water swim champ. Unable to love just one sport, you'll find him out on a beach, near an ocean, mountain, the trail or the bush

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Enjoy The Beach, Stay Fit These Holidays

While you might want to relax on the beach on holiday, you also want to enter 2014 healthy and fit, don’t you? You’re away from home, possibly without bike, surfski, maybe even without your running shoes. How will you possibly train? How about maximising your holiday and getting a workout like a lifeguard at the same time? What you’ll need Swimsuit, goggles and a bright coloured cap (for visibility in the water) Method 1 Hit […]

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How Crossfit Improves Your Life

Embracing change is a fundamental tenet of any successful lifesaver or multisporter. A last minute change in the race conditions, routes or even a change in the format of the event itself is not only welcomed, but relished as part of the challenge. A change in season is no different. Winter ushers in opportunities to sharpen skills, change equipment, build strength and focus on new goals. Along with those opportunities come the challenges of temperamental, […]

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Garmin Swim Review

”Lap-counting” watches as they’re affectionately named have gained popularity in the last two years for good reason. But there’s more than just counting laps with the Garmin Swim. On first looks, you might mistake it for a regular digital watch except the bright blue “swim” button on the side gives it away. It can comfortably be worn as a regular watch though, since it is aesthetically trendy and light enough. It’s primary raison d’etre of […]

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Bodysurfing 101: The Dos And Don’ts

Even though it’s the cold season, lifesavers and multisporters just keep calm and carry on. Winter is a hotbed of racing and an opportunity to prepare for the next summer. The one discipline which can be hard to continue is (you guessed it!)… swimming. Swimming in winter can be daunting, even if indoors in a heated pool. So the most enjoyable way to keep your swimming fitness going through winter is to go outside and […]

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Four Ways To Improve Your Surf Swim

Swimming in the sea is tough and requires a few different skill sets compared to pool swimming. Here are my four ways to improve your surf swim. Medley Swims Even though the majority of your surf swim racing is done freestyle, make sure you add backstroke, butterfly and breast stroke into your training programme. Developing all-round strength, capability and comfort in the water is key to a strong and confident open water swim. Race The […]

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Four moods of the ocean you must know

One could wax lyrical (and many have) about the moods of the ocean but for a lifesaver and multisporter the ocean is a rewarding playground. Now with summer here, there will always be an excuse to hit the beach to either train or just play. Here is some helpful advice to tackle your summer training. Silky Smooth A flat, smooth ocean is by far the least intimidating. There’s no swell, seemingly no currents and just […]

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Quick Sand

WHOOOSH! While we marvel at those who twitch fast (see Brett Bodill’s Which Twitch Are You? in the September/October 2012 issue), it doesn’t mean we should ignore our own terminal velocity. It might seem magical, but according to Bolt “There are no secrets. You just have to develop strength, power, acceleration and technique”. 
Time to work hard. The Arena Once you’ve warmed up and ready to rumble, make sure the training area is free of […]

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