Turns

Maintaining Your Free Speed

Last week, we discussed creating free speed off of each wall with your streamline position. This week, we pick up with maximizing your breakout (that moment when you take your first stroke). Here are two elements to your breakout: Depth: How deep you are on the push off is an important concept. Too shallow and…

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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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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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Advanced Flip Turns with video

This is part three in a three-part series on Flip Turns.  Part I and Flip Turns: “Learning the basics”video addressed the steps of learning to flip and included a video breakdown of the key steps and, an effective learning drill.  In part II discussed the most common errors and the video “Flip Turns: Errors and…

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Common Flip Turn Errors and Corrections Video

This is part two in a three-part series on flip turns. Last week we learned how to do a clean competitive flip turn. You can go back and check out the last week’s blog and the video. Today I will look at the most common errors and how to correct them. Each error is shown…

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Flip Turns getting them right video

On my site I have curated the-best-of-the-best videos on swimming. So why did I decide to break that tradition and create my own series of videos on flips. The answer: I did not find what I was looking for. A video or series that presented all of the steps, broke it down, and explained common…

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Hypoxic Training

The term hypoxic is the adjective form of hypoxia which is defined as in adequate oxygen in the blood.  Swimmers have traditionally used hypoxic work in their training when they are limiting their breathing to one breath every three, four, five, six or more strokes. I grew up doing this form of training, as did…

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Top Arm Breakout

Regardless of whether you do open turns or flip turns you come off the wall on your side (If you don’t you need to ask a coach to fix your turn).  As swimmers push off many want to take their first pull with their dominant arm. This is very natural and perfectly acceptable if your…

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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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