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Increase the Foot Speed of Your Backstroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

Matt Grevers, world champion and six-time Olympic medalist, loves to do the “Quarter Drill” right before he races. The drill will help swimmers maintain a strong kick when they add their arms to the stroke.

Quarter Drill

Drill Summary: After pushing off the wall, the swimmer kicks fast and hard in a streamline position for the first quarter of the lane. The next quarter, the swimmer adds their arms, but makes sure to keep their kicking at the same speed. The third quarter, the swimmer goes back to just kicking with their arms extended in the streamline position, and the final quarter they once again add the arms to the full stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Backstroke with Matt Grevers.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Improve Breaststroke Form Using the “Circle Fist Drill!”

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

14-time NCAA All-American Coley Stickels teaches swimmers the “Circle Fist Drill” to get them to shrug their shoulders and roll them forward, which are both key techniques to a great breaststroke. In addition to providing the correct shoulder motion, this drill also teaches athletes to lift with their forearms.

Circle Fist Drill

Drill Summary: The swimmer pushes off the wall and extends their arms straight out with their elbows locked and fists clenched. Next, the athlete creates a circle with their arms instead of taking a full breaststroke. The swimmer should use their forearms to lift, and shrug their shoulders to their earlobes. This drill is usually done with a flutter kick and speed isn’t important. An alternate version of this drill can be completed by putting on fins and alternating with fists and open hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Promote High Elbows on the Freestyle Stroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

If swimmers want to develop an efficient freestyle stroke, they need to learn to get their elbows high into the air and glide on the side of their bodies in the water. American record breaker Josh Davis uses the “Thumb Drag” or “Zipper” drill to teach these concepts to swimmers of all ages.

Thumb Drag or Zipper Drill


Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and swim the length of the pool using a freestyle stroke. The key to this drill is dragging the thumb of each hand up the side of the body until it touches the arm pit on every stroke. This will ensure swimmers get their elbows pointing up and help them develop a rhythm in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Work on Body Flow for the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

University of North Carolina head coach Rich DeSelm uses the “Combination Drill” to promote staying low and gliding through the water. This exercises gives athletes a drill that will help them improve their stroke, without the extra fatigue of doing continuous reps of the full stroke.

Combination Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and scull four times. After that, they take two butterfly strokes (being sure to breathe on one or both strokes). Do this drill twice in a row on the way down the pool, then turn around and do it twice on the way back.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Strengthen Your Swimmers’ Core Muscles!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2013 ACC Men’s Swim Coach of the Year Braden Holloway takes you through a few of the drills he uses to build a strong core for his swimmers. These dryland alignment drills will help build endurance and create strong body connections from head to toe.

Alignment Drills

Drill Summary: The first exercise presented is “Knee Tucks.” To perform a knee tuck, the athlete places both feet on an exercise ball and puts their hands on the ground, shoulder width apart. From this position, the athlete brings their knees up close to their chest, rolling in tight with the exercise ball. The second exercise presented is the “Rotation Drill.” In the rotation drill, the athlete begins the exercise in the same position as they started the knee tuck, but with both feet spread further apart. To execute a rep, the athlete rolls the ball slowly side to side, until their feet touch the floor on both sides. You can also switch the position of the ball to the chest to work the upper body in the rotation drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dryland Training for Maximizing Swimming Performance.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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