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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!




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!




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