Freestyle

Want Some Free Speed in the Water?

Who wouldn’t want to get some extra speed in the pool with no extra work? Here is one easy way to drop time.  Every time you push off the wall you are able to go faster than you can go from swimming. To hold on to the speed you generated pushing off the wall get…

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To breathe (on both sides) or not to breathe

On a weekly basis I troll the internet and read swimming blogs, newsletters, reports, studies and well just about everything I can find. Often, I see patterns emerging, this week I would like to address the battle on bilateral breathing also referred to as breathing on both sides. First let me tell you that I…

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The Ever-elusive Feel for the Water

I know you have heard some coach say, or read it in an article, and you know you don’t have it. The ever-elusive “feel” for the water. You may not be sure what it is, but you are sure you don’t have it. Let’s look at what it is and simple steps to help develop…

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Training Multiple Strokes

Even if you are a triathlete who competes only in freestyle, it is important to train more than one stroke.  Swimming, is the perfect example of a repetitive motion activity.  Even a sprinter, who in general, does fewer overall yards than other freestylers, does thousands of shoulder rotations in their career. It is important to…

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Connect the Dots to Swim Faster

Connection is an important concept for swimming faster, but not often discussed. Simply put connection is all of the motions in a stroke flowing smoothly together to maximize the production and delivery of power to create forward momentum. What does that mean to your stroke? When we develop our stroke mechanics it is common to…

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Job One of Swimming Freestyle

  The first skill to work on to improve your freestyle is not your pull or breathing, but your body alignment. Don’t swim with your head up, that is to say your head tilted enough to allow you to see the line on the bottom of the pool in front of you.  Instead, keep your…

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The key to faster racing: Negative Splitting

For middle- and long-distance swimmers pacing is a key element in successful races. The ideal pacing, which leads to the fastest possible times, is to negative split. A negative split is where the second half is faster than the first half of the swim. To achieve this goal, you must swim this way at workouts.…

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How to Get Out of a Muscle Memory Rut

Muscle memory allows us to perform complex repetitive motions without thinking about them.   Could you imagine early man trying to hunt if they had to actively think about how to walk?  The mind would be so preoccupied with flexing the ankle, bending the knee, rotating the hip that we would get eaten by the first…

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Swimmer Shoulder

Shoulder impingement syndrome, better known around the pool as swimmer’s shoulder, occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion. This can result in pain, weakness and loss of movement at the shoulder. While I cannot use the words always and never when…

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Clarifying the new “Lochte” rule on pushing off the wall.

Recently swimming has instituted a new rule on kicking off of the wall, commonly referred to as the Lochte rule. Backstroker, Ryan Lochte may be said to have the strong underwater kicks in the sport. Recently he started kicking off of every turn on his back in freestyle events. For him this was faster. Swimming’s…

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