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David Marsh has won 7 NCAA Team Championships and believes that the Individual Medley is the cornerstone of a successful program. Coach Marsh discusses the seasonal training phases for high school seasonal training. Watch and learn as he explains the keys to fast IM swimming.
Make sure that any heavy weightlifting is done during the off-season.
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Greg Rhodenbaugh, current University of Missouri Head Swimming Coach, provides you with tips on the ’4 Count Recovery Drill’ for the butterfly stroke. This aids swimmers of varying abilities to have soft hands on the recovery in order to establish a strong catch.
This is a great exercise for youth swimmers to work on not lifting their arms too high out of the water and to avoid rotating the shoulders too early.
In this insightful clip, Richard Quick, one of the world’s most successful coaches at Stanford, Texas and Auburn, utilizes his deep analysis of which techniques lead to fast swimming. Maximizing the backstroke start distance includes concepts on palm pressure, arm push, leg jump and hip snap.
Make sure you are in position to push against the bar as soon as the race starts.
5x NCAA coach of the year, Jack Bauerle, details how to train your swimmers to maintain the proper head position which results in a proper alignment and posture for minimizing drag. The ‘Explosion Drill’ starts with the head positioned properly in a sculling position and then exploding to a full sprint while maintaining an ideal head position.
This drill can also help you during a race when you have to change speed suddenly.