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Great sprinters place great emphasis on the minor details which can make a big difference in a race. Kara Lynn Joyce, 4x Olympic Silver Medalist, does a great job explaining and demonstrating all three phases of the breakout here in this video.
The three phases to an excellent full breakout are: a good push off the wall, tight streamline, and an explosive kick and pull.
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Get a rare look at what it’s like to train like an Olympian! Six time Olympic Medalist, Matt Grevers, goes over his favorite drill called the ‘Double Arm Backstroke.’ This exercise helps you work on your hand positioning and pull.
Use a normal flutter kick throughout this drill. Your hands will exit the water leading with your thumbs, and enter the water leading with your pinky fingers. Make sure that your hands during the pull are about 6-8 inches below the surface.
Here is your chance to learn tips from 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Gangloff! He will show you how to determine and develop the speed of your breaststroke kick. This is an intense exercise that gets your feet moving quickly and can be used as a warm-up to get you ready for a race.
Move your feet as fast as you can throughout the drill. Your heels will come in and out of the water.
14x NCAA All American at the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, has experience training swimmers of all levels. Here you will learn an exercise that builds a powerful start by strengthening the lead leg and generating explosive motion off the block.
The athlete holds the handles of the overhead straps at his or her side and takes the track start position. Then the athlete drives forward from the forward leg and swings the trailing leg through and kicks the knee up to the chest while the straps restrain the forward motion and transfer the energy released toward an upward trajectory.
Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach has won multiple Big Ten Championships and shows you how to perform a world class freestyle turn. The keys are to hold streamline on your back for a count of three and then utilize the swimmer’s kick, hips & core strength to transition to kicking on the side position.
Also, “opening the back door,” be sure to maintain the feet shoulder width apart coming over and setting on the wall – do not bring the feet together.