Championship Productions Blog

Archive for 'Swimming & Diving' Category

Develop a Better Backstroke Turn!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

Fast turns are essential for serious swimmers to get quicker times. In this drill, University of Wisconsin head coach, Whitney Hite, explains the techniques needed to execute a proper backstroke turn in the heat of competition.

Backstroke Turn

Drill Summary: To execute a backstroke turn, swimmers must know the number of strokes it takes them to get from the flags to the wall. To turn, swimmers flip over, push off straight on their back, pause momentarily then get right into dolphin kicks. On the turn, the tighter the ball the swimmer gets into, the faster their turn will be. It’s important to push off the wall level, not up or down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Backstroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Learn Two Key Breaststroke Pull Drills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

Indiana University head coach, Ray Looze, uses these two drills to teach swimmers to pull correctly and maintain high hips while performing the breaststroke. Coach Looze believes it is the pull, not the kick, that is the most important part of a championship breaststroke.

Buoy Drill / Paddles and Buoy Pull

Drill Summary: A buoy is needed to complete this drill. Swimmers place the buoy between their thighs and swim two 25s, focusing on body position and only taking dolphin kicks to keep the hips high. As swimmers pull, they focus on pulling wide and horizontally. For the next progression, swimmers put on paddles, which will increase the surface area of their hands to take less strokes with more power.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Breaststroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Increase Butterfly Speed Using Resistance Drills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

Braden Holloway, North Carolina State head coach, helps his swimmers generate power in their butterfly stroke with this drill and progression. By using tennis balls and swim socks, swimmers learn to use the surface area of their bodies to charge through the water at high speeds.

Butterfly with Freestyle Kick

Drill Summary: Before executing this drill, swimmers need to put on swimming socks and get two tennis balls. Swimmers push off the wall with a tennis ball in each hand and flutter kick while doing 5-6 butterfly strokes. For the next progression, take the tennis balls away so swimmers can get a better feel for using their hands to propel themselves.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Butterfly Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




A Freestyle Progression for Faster Times!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

University of Louisville head coach, Arthur Albiero, incorporates the “Straight Arm Drill” into his swimmers’ training regimens to ensure they eliminate excess drag in the freestyle stroke. As an added dimension, coach Albiero has swimmers use a sponge as well to force them to use more power.

Straight Arm Drill / Sponge Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on keeping their arms straight. Swimmers start off slowly and increase speed as they approach the opposite wall, focusing on swimming in a straight line for maximum efficiency. For the “Sponge Drill”, you’ll need to tie a sponge so it trails behind the swimmer as they execute their stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Freestyle Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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!




Archives

Drake University Continuing Education Gold Medal Guarantee Sign Up for our Newsletter Request a Catalog Testimonials Career Opportunities
1-800-873-2730
info@ChampionshipProductions.com
SecurityWorry-Free Shopping
Championship Productions, Inc. Follow danbergan on Twitter