Archive for August 2017

The much misunderstood “distance per stroke”

Many of you have heard from your coaches, or individual reading, to work on your distance per stroke.  Distance per stroke is generally defined as how far (distance) can you travel on one pull (stroke) or stroke cycle (one pull with each arm).  I’m not disagreeing with my coaching peers, distance per stroke is an…

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The evolution of stroke mechanics and why that is important to you!

Last week when I sat thinking about the breaststroke for my blog, I struggled with what others will think about my emphasis on adduction (that is the motion of squeezing the legs together).  You see, these days several top breaststrokers are being very successful with a much narrower kick that emphasizes the whip of the…

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Breaststroke Variations

Back in the 60s I remember hearing breaststroke called “reststroke”, and was often seen being used by ladies who did not want to get their hair wet as they swam across the pool. Today’s breaststroke looks very little like the breaststroke of old. But, what does the ideal breaststroke look like.  Well that depends, breaststroke…

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The Value of Training Snorkels

There are a few items I want everyone to understand about training snorkels: First, don’t go grab your standard scuba snorkel and use it as a training tool. Nontraining snorkels are built to go up the side of your head and need to be attached to a mask strap to stay in place.  Training snorkels…

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The Value of Paddles

Paddles are my favorite training tool.  They are great for teaching stroke mechanics and are also an important tool in training. For as much as I like paddles it is important to use them wisely. As a teaching tool, paddles help increase a swimmer’s feel for their pull. When working with swimmers on changing their…

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