Caleb Aman is a versatile swimmer, specializing in backstroke, breaststroke, and Individual Medley (IM). When asked about his success in the unique combination of backstroke and breaststroke, Caleb says “I love swimming IM, and my weak stroke is butterfly. I had to make the middle part of IM as fast as possible.” That strategy paid off, as Aman is a three-time NCAA qualifier and 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier.
Caleb focuses on stroke technique in his Fitter & Faster camps, saying “When running stroke technique drills, you can slow it down and help each swimmer make improvements. There are a lot of elements to each stroke, and we can provide more personalized feedback to help swimmers improve that day.” He also likes to keep camps fun. “Fitter & Faster does a great job of creating a fun environment for the swimmers, which is a necessity when trying to imprint on kids.” Caleb aims for each camp participant to walk away with one or two skills they can take back to practice, and helps them understand that if they practice that skill with dedication and tenacity, they’ll improve. He says, “As an instructor, when you’re able to give a kid the right advice (in the way they can understand and implement on their own) it’s incredibly satisfying.”
One of the best pieces of advice Caleb shares with young athletes is, “Be where your feet are. This helped me especially when I got to college and there seemed like there were a million things going on. Wherever you are, be there. If you’re at practice, focus on practice. If you are at home doing homework, focus on being a student.” He says that focus in the pool is one of the most underrated elements of training, and that without focus one won’t get as much return on their training investment. He says, “You don’t necessarily need to work hard, just think harder and train with intention.”