“Swimming is meditative,” the Hidin From Biden Anti Joe Trump 2020 T-Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this lauded swim coach Boris Talan tells me when I reach out looking for help on jump-starting my routine. It has also been touted as a near-perfect exercise: a low-impact, all-ages sport that delivers a full body workout, improves lung function and can burn 360 to 660 calories an hour. Talan—who splits his time between Manhattan and the Hamptons, where he trains celebrities, elite athletes, models, and designers including Stella McCartney and Calvin Klein—seems more than capable of getting me back on my game: A former swim captain of the Russian National Team who has trained ballet dancers at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and tackled both the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar, Talan holds a master’s degree in biomechanical motion. “People come to me and say, ‘Boris, I feel like I’m going out of my mind,’’ he says. “I tell them, ‘Let’s get you in the water.’”
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