Video Analysis

Video Analysis

If a picture is worth a thousand words, video is worth at least a million. Video analysis of your technique gives you instant feedback on the areas of improvement which will create the biggest impact on your form.

While many excellent books & websites exist that discuss efficient swimming or efficient running technique, until you see yourself on video you won’t understand what your biggest opportunities are for improvement.

If you are unsure whether you suffer from these basic (and common) running and swim problems, a private one-on-one lesson with a coach using video feedback will give you the biggest bang for your training buck to improve your efficiency and enjoyment while training

Common Swimming Problems

  • Lack of Basic horizontal Balance (front to back balance)
  • An elusive “dropped elbow”
  • Trouble seeing your bow wave
  • Kicking from the Knee
  • Recovery stroke de-stabilizing your breath

Common Running Issues

  • Heel striking
  • Landing in front of the center of mass
  • Bending forward at the Waist
  • “Sitting in a Bucket”
  • Open Elbows
  • Running Too Tall
Lactate Testing in Pittsburgh, PA

Lactate Testing in Pittsburgh, PA

All athletes have common goals…to go further, faster. The single best predictor of performance has been shown to be your pace, power or velocity at lactate threshold. This has been demonstrated in studies of endurance athletes such as marathoners, but also applies to disciplines such as triathletes, road cyclists and off-road racers (mountain bikers & cyclocross racers)

Lactate threshold testing using a portable lactate meter creates a unique profile of your body’s metabolism. As your training plan creates improvements in your fitness a repeat test will demonstrate a visible “shift” in your lactate profile. If your power or pace has improved at your lactate threshold, you are guaranteed to have better performance and race results.

I can perform portable lactate testing in Pittsburgh, PA & surrounding areas either in my home exercise studio, or at your own home, club meeting, shop or fitness facility.

Additional Services

The following additional services are also offered

Swim video Analysis

Run video Analysis

Cycling Lactate Testing (on Computrainer)

Cycling Maximum Aerobic Power Testing (on Computrainer)


Swimming – Sold Out Clinic or Session

I’m sorry, the clinic or service you are signing up for is sold out!  But don’t worry..there are more clinics and sessions for you to choose from.

Return to the Swim Coaching page and check on the additional dates available. If you can’t find a session or clinic that fits your schedule, simply contact me and I’ll work together with you to find a time that works for you.

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Athlete Waiver and Questionaires

Congratulations on registering for Steel City Endurance Coaching Services.   Below you will find links to Adobe PDF or Microsoft DOC versions of the forms you will need to fill out depending on your purchase.   Just click on the link to download your items, print them out or fill them out digitally and mail them to SCE or bring them to your first lesson.

I’m looking forward to helping you become a better athlete!

Lists if forms here:


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Total Immersion Swim Coaching

Total Immersion Swimming Philosophy

Transform Your Technique



Traditional instruction focuses on pulling, kicking and endless laps. Total Immersion teaches you to swim with the effortless grace of fish by becoming one with the water. Total Immersion emphasizes the same patient precision and refinement taught by martial arts masters. We start with simple skills and movements and progress by small, easily-mastered steps. Our students thrive on the attention to detail and the logical sequence of progressive skills.

Transform Your Experience

Swimmers come to us with the goal of swimming faster. They quickly learn that it’s far more beneficial and satisfying to swim with grace, flow, and economy…and that speed will surely follow when they master ease. You’ll feel the difference from your very first lap of intelligent, purposeful Total Immersion practice and get more satisfaction from every lap that follows.

Transform Yourself

SuzSwimCoronadoTotal Immersion, alone among all swimming-improvement programs, teaches swimming as a practice — in the same mindful spirit as yoga or tai chi. Our students tell us that by swimming the Total Immersion way they sharpen the mind-body connection and achieve heightened self-awareness and self-mastery, leading to greater physical and mental well-being.

Who Should Take Total Immersion Swim Lessons?


Triathletes of every level will benefit from increased efficiency and comfort in the swim, by far the most important aspect to setting up a great bike and run.

Adult Learners

Adult leaners will benefit from a friendly, non-judgemental instructing style that will take you from splashing to graceful swimming in the water.

Fitness & Masters Swimmers

Fitness swimmers will learn a new joy from the improved stroke form, ease in the water and great compliments from fellow swimmers.

Sign up the Lessons or Clinics that are Right for You

suzSwimUWPrivate Lessons

Sign up for one on one or small group lessons.  A minimum of three one-hour, or six half-hour lessons are recommended to allow you to completely transform your stroke.  Included is video evaluation above and below water, with expert stroke analysis.  Technique development tailored to your current level of ability, clear instructions on how to structure your practice before your next less. Lessons are 55 minutes long.

Bring a Buddy

Sign up with a swimming buddy to improve your ability to practice proper swimming between lessons and on your own.  Learn what to look for in your parters form so you and your buddy can self-critique when swimming without an instructor.  Minimum lesson length is 1 hour.

Learn more about triathlon swim technique

 Total Immersion Swimming

All lessons are taught by Total Immersion Master Coach Suzanne Atkinson

Private (1) Buddy (2)
Single Lesson (55min) $85/$75  Add $30/$25 per person
Three Lesson Package $225/$210 (savings $30) Add $75/$65 per person (save $45)

Discounted prices apply to current members of any USA Triathlon Club:   $10 discount on all swimming lessons, $15 discount on packages of 3.


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