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Work on the Catch for the Distance Freestyle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Three time Olympian and two time Olympic gold medalist, Peter Vanderkaay, uses the “Short Dog Paddle” drill to work on the freestyle catch. This drill will train swimmers to keep their fingertips down, their elbows high and their hands relaxed as they catch and release water to create propulsion.

Short Dog Paddle

Drill Summary: Begin by pushing off and getting into a nice streamline. Next, work on catching water out front with your fingertips down and elbows high, then release the water about halfway through the stroke. Remember to maintain soft, relaxed hands and keep kicking to stay in a good body position.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Distance Freestyle with Chloe Sutton and Peter Vanderkaay.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get a Great Pullout Drill for the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kelly Kremer, University of Minnesota head women’s coach, presents a drill that works on getting swimmers in the correct body position for a breaststroke pullout. Athletes will prepare their bodies to make a dolphin kick and practice getting their hands out and straight forward in the water.

Breaststroke Pullout

Drill Summary: Coach Kremer teaches each step of his breaststroke pullout as a progression. Swimmers first start by streamlining off the wall and separating their hands and the point where they want to initiate the dolphin kick. The next step is to actually add the dolphin kick, and finally, the last progression is to tack on the pullout at the end. It’s important to avoid doing a second dolphin kick, otherwise the swimmer could get disqualified.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Breaststroke.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Train Swimmers to Burst with their Entire Body!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

University of Wisconsin head men’s and women’s coach, Whitney Hite, shows you his version of the “Vertical Dolphin Kick.” This drill will help swimmers learn to use their entire body to generate power, and also serves as a great workout for athletes needing to strengthen their core.

Vertical Dolphin Kick

Drill Summary: Swimmers get to a spot in the pool where they can vertical kick without having to worry about hitting the bottom. This drill can be completed in two ways: 30 second technique mastering and 6 second bursts. For the technique, focus on keeping the hands crossed over the chest and kicking with a dolphin motion. Make sure to use the hips and as much of the chest as possible to kick. In the 6 second bursts, try to get at least 18 kicks in.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Backstroke Breakdown.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Use a One Arm Drill to Speed Up Your Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head coach and four time Ivy League Coach of the Year, runs through a drill for the butterfly that isolates arms individually to create a more complete stroke. By whipping the arm forward, swimmers will be able to propel themselves through the water faster.

One Arm Butterfly

Drill Summary: Swimmers swim the length of the pool using a one-arm butterfly technique. The arm that isn’t in use should remain extended out directly in front of the swimmer. Focus on the recovery and look for a ballistic movement (arm accelerating forward to pull the body forward). Make sure to avoid downward entry on the stroke and keep arms straight to generate more momentum. Also, minimizing up and down movement will allow the swimmer to go faster and use less effort in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Perfect the Timing of the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the breaststroke is timing. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Australian National Team coach, runs through a few of his favorite drills that focus on getting the arms, body and legs in sync while executing the breaststroke.

Breaststroke Timing

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on using a butterfly kick with sculling arms. Every time the hands sweep in, swimmers should take a breath. The hips should follow the rhythm of the body and the kick should be timed so that it whips the body forward in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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