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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Olympic Swim & Health Club

This is the second in a series of 3 swim clinics for the Pittsburgh Triathlon, focusing on  freestyle techniques that you can apply to your swimming workouts for triathlons to help add speed while not sacrificing your technique. Coached by Total Immersion Master Coach, Suzanne Atkinson, MD

** please note that a tempo trainer is required for this clinic **   They will be available for purchase on the day of the clinic for $35 each

This is a 2 hour pool workshop focusing on speed development through both technique and smart practice planning for your swimming workouts.  Clinic limited to 12 students to maximize coaching feedback.  Cost $50 for single clinic or $120 for all 3 swim clinics.  (See 3 Swim Clinic Package to register for all 3)

Description of Clinic

This workshop will put you on the path from efficient to expert in freestyle by honing freestyle swimming techniques of Balance and Streamline skills and introducing advanced Propulsion skills.  In addition, the workshop will introduce you to finely tuned metrics based enhancement of all of your swim sets using the Finis Tempo Trainer, a small waterproof metronome.   (purchased separately).   The tempo trainer can be used for both form as well as speed development when employed intelligently. We will conduct at least one structured tempo trainer set that can help the swimmer find untapped speed potential in just 10 lengths of swimming.



Establish high, wide elbows. Tune up spinal stabilizer muscles. Together these increase comfort and control while breathing, hold a sleek body line during recovery, and strengthen the connection between weight shift and propulsion.


Keep a longer, lower-drag body-line as you breathe and swim faster. Control leg-splay and knee-flex to reduce drag, and increase kick-effectiveness.

Effective Propulsion.

Convert Force (horsepower) into Locomotion by (1) Position your extended arm to trap the maximum volume of water; (2) Move your body forward — rather than move your hand back; and (3) Do both with no arm fatigue. Also learn how to synchronize a 2-Beat Kick with the rest of your stroke for more effortless power.


Be more comfortable and effective while breathing. Breathe bilaterally and as often as you want without compromising speed or efficiency by (1) improving head-spine alignment; (2) improve ease and timing by using weight shift to move you to the breath.



A Tempo trainer is required for this clinic.

UPDATE:  I will have tempo trainers for purchase at the clinic!

Please purchase your tempo trainer at least a week prior to the clinic to lave time for shipping. You can order it through this link to have it shipped to you directly.  Otherwise Contact Us to have one reserved for you at the clinic.

We recommend that male students wear a Speedo-type brief or close-fitting triathlon swim shorts, rather than loose-fitting swim trunks, which can make balance even more of a challenge.


About Coach Suzanne

Suzanne Atkinson, MD is the head coach & founder of Steel City Endurance, Pittsburgh’s oldest coaching company for endurance athletes.   She is a Total Immersion Master Coach and has participated in 9 different week long open water swim & triathlon camps over the past three years.  Prior to triathlon coaching & medical school, Suzanne worked for Outward bound school teaching teens & adults technical expeditioning skills including white water canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering.   Suzanne currently splits her time between working in the emergency department at UPMC East, consulting as a command physician at StatMD, and coaching endurance athletes in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Steel City Endurance is proud to be a coaching sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race benefiting Friends of the Riverfront.

About Friends of the Riverfront

Founded in 1991, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the development, expansion, promotion, and stewardship of the Three Rivers Water Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh region. Once a year, Friends of the Riverfront highlights use of both trails by hosting the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race, more information can be obtained by visiting www.pittsburghtriathlon.com.

Information about the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Three Rivers Water Trail, and Friends of the Riverfront can be found at www.friendsoftheriverfront.org, by calling 412-488-0212, or by joining Friends of the Riverfront’s social network on Facebook and Twitter.




This event is fully booked.