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Gain Power in Your Kick with the Thumper Kick

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

David Marsh, 2012 US Olympic Team Assistant Coach and 12x NCAA Championship Coach at Auburn, presents the Thumper Kick drill to emphasize all of the hip muscles that are used for a powerful kick.

Thumper Kick

The Thumper Kick drill consists of the swimmer raising a leg out of the water as high as possible, then slamming it back into the water as hard as you can, alternating legs. The goal is for the swimmer to engage the glutes and using the back muscles to get the legs high out of the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Freestyle.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Swim a Faster Butterfly with the Underwater Dolphin Kick

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bill Wadley and Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coaches, have coached 118 NCAA Champions.  In this video, they present the Underwater Dolphin Kick Drill that will improve your times.

Underwater Dolphin Kick

When doing the Underwater Dolphin, it is important that you have a tight body line and keep your body in one plane of water. Coach Wadley instructs to keep the hands, head, hip and heels all in one line and make sure to snap the kick from the core. The goal is to keep the chest and head still, so the kick comes from the rib cage down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Ohio State Drills & Skills for Butterfly.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Improve Your Breaststroke with the Triple Threat Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coley Stickels, 14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents the Triple Threat Drill. This drill focuses on increasing hand speed and working on the timing and rhythm of your stroke.

Triple Threat Drill

The Triple Threat Drill starts off with the athlete pushing off the wall with a flutter kick and breaststroke arms. The head is to be above the water for the first three strokes, with the athlete continuing to flutter kick. Next the athlete goes into normal breathing breaststroke for three strokes. Coach Stickels emphasizes to maintain your tempo throughout the drill with the flutter kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Mega Drills for Breaststroke .  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Learn How to Finish Your Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ray Looze, Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach and the Coach of 5 Big Ten Championships, presents a great demonstration of a Backstroke finish with two of his All-American athletes.  The common element in a great finish is to continue kicking until you reach the wall.

The Backstroke Finish

The first athlete finishes with a dolphin kick on her last stroke into the wall. This allows an athlete to get one more push for the wall and can mean the difference between taking first or second. The second athlete continues to flutter kick all the way to the wall. Coach Looze explains that one of the common errors in finishing is not keeping your kick going all the way until you actually touch the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Start to Finish Backstroke.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




A Key Exercise in Keeping Your Shoulders Healthy and Stable

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

Larry Stoegbauer, assistant coach for one of the most successful high school swim programs in the United States, shares a great exercise called the Hanging Row.  This exercise will help make your swimmers faster as well as keep their shoulders healthy and stable.

Hanging Row

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, High School Coaching Academy: Dryland Training Program.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.

 




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