On this episode of the #AskASwimPro show, we’re in Mesa, Arizona at the 2019 U.S. Masters Nationals Championships. Special guest and MySwimPro Ambassador Domenico Sottile (@theofficialdomenicosottile) shares how by training with the MySwimPro app, he made an incredible comeback in his swimming – and earned 5 medals at Nationals!

Meet Domenico:

Hi MySwimPro community! My name is Domenico Sottile, and I live in Denver, Colorado, butI am originally from Venezuela. I am a 2019 Top-10 U.S. Masters Swimmer and a lover of life! I grew up swimming, qualified for Olympic Trials in 2008, then took some time off from the sport. After 10 long years, I decided to jump back in the pool and go after my new goals. With the help of the MySwimPro app, I now train regularly, and compete at the national level through U.S. Masters Swimming.

A bit more about me, I love to travel, dance, make new friends, and work as a Personal Trainer. My background as a Trainer Specialist is in rehabilitation and sport nutrition. My love for sport pushes me so much in my career, I recently also got certified as an Assistant Physical Therapist with a minor in Chiropractics.

I speak English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and I am so excited to connect with swimmers around the world through MySwimPro!

 

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Interview Notes:

  • 0:25 – Meet Domenico!
  • 1:00 – His swimming background
  • 1:20 – His swimming comeback
  • 1:50 – Why he decided to get back into the sport
  • 2:35 – Advice for those who want to get back into swimming
  • 3:30 – How the MySwimPro app helps him train to be a better swimmer
  • 3:53 – How To Use the MySwimPro app
  • 6:40 – What is your training regimen like?
  • 7:35 – How important is technique to you?
  • 8:20 – What is your advice for beginners?
  • 9:45 – What is like competing here at Nationals again?
  • 10:40 – How many languages do you speak?
  • 10:55 – Shout-outs!

His Swimming Journey

I swam competitively since I was 5 years old, I always loved it! Below are some of the highlights from my swimming career:

  • Qualified for Olympic Trials in 2008
  • Top 5 U.S. Masters Swimmer 2005-2008
  • Former Pan-American record-holder in the 50 Butterfly

Like many other swimmers, I decided to take a break after a while, which ended up being 10 full years! Just 3 months ago I decided to jump back in the pool, and start swimming again. I started training with the MySwimPro app and followed the workouts and training plans in the app. It really helped me get my technique back on track and to focus on the right type of workouts!

“Following the workouts in the MySwimPro app has really kept my training focused and specific. I just love it” 

I just recently competed at the 2019 U.S. Masters Nationals and had the time of my life racing again. Here are my results for the 40-44 age group division:

  • 50 Freestyle SCY – 22.96 (8th place)
  • 50 Backstroke SCY – 29.46 (13 place)
  • 50 Breaststroke SCY – 30.65 (17th place)
  • 50 Butterfly SCY – 24.75 (9th place)

 

What Motivates You?

Being a competitive swimmer requires a lot of work and practice, in and out of the pool. I’ve been working on different methods of training that keep me motivated and encouraged everyday, so I can work to improve my mistakes. I think switching it up keeps things interesting. I set short-term and long-term goals, so I can follow the path to success.

With the MySwimPro app, it’s really easy to commit to a 6-week training plan, and just follow the steps to complete your training. When my schedule gets really busy, or I can’t make masters swim practices, it’s really nice having my workouts planned right on my phone.

What’s next in my swimming? Mission Viejo in August,  Medellin next year, and maybe Brazil for the Pan American Masters Games!

Ready to start your personal training plan? Get MySwimPro ELITE  and find a huge library of swim workouts, technique videos and tracking tools available on iOS and Android.

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If you have any questions about MySwimPro or swimming, send us a message! We’d love to chat. Email me anytime at fares@myswimpro.com.

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