Posts Tagged ‘coaching’

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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Creating a Strategic Training Plan

Today I would like to introduce a widely used training concept in swimming. A three macro-cycle training program is a simple concept at the high level. Traditionally, each of the three cycles are done for equal amounts of time.  During my look at each of the three cycles I will comment on timing of each,…

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Raising a Competitive Swimmer

Over the decades I have often been asked about how much swimming does a young ager grouper need?  When do they need to start swimming on a team? When is it too late to start as a swimmer? As I try to provide some guidance to parents on how to help their young athlete evolve…

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Swim Camps: not just for kids!

Swim camps as an age grouper are both fun and effective for helping develop young swimmers. If you missed out on this experience as a kid or want to relive the great time you had at camp as a youth, swim camps are master friendly.  Over the years many quality swim camps have come up…

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Backstroke Coaching Center Launched

I am pleased to announce the addition of Backstroke to our Coaching Center video collection. Regular users of the Swim Stroke Tools Coaching Center already know that the Coaching Center offers a suite of the best videos available on freestyle and flip turns.  I have scrubbed the internet for the best in each skill and…

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Knowing Which Breaststroke Kick is Fastest

I have said many times that breaststroke has more successful variations than all other strokes combined. The problem is knowing what works best for you. Here is a great experiment you can do: My description is based on a short-course yards pool. First, create a baseline.  Using your current kick, push off the wall and…

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Drop 5 seconds off your 50 backstroke!

There are many steps to an effective backstroke start, but two seem to be the most neglected by the learner, and the lack of these two items is a significant slow down in your 50 yard back time. Get your head back. As you begin to drive with the legs you need to throw the…

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Breaststroke variation: Finding your Best

There are more successful variations in breaststroke then in every other stroke combined. This makes for a challenge when coaching swimmers. There is no one single set of mechanics to target. When I work with a swimmer on their breaststroke I follow some guide lines to help them find their best possible stroke. The Arms…

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High Head Position in Freestyle

In this first of a three-part series we will look at the most basic errors of swimming freestyle. Today looks at what happens when you hold your head high. It is instinctive to want to see where you are going. Mother nature has ensured that those who did not watch where they were going did…

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