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Improve the Effectiveness of Your Fly Kick!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

The fly kick is an essential elemental of every butterfly competition. In this clip, University of Texas head men’s swimming coach, Eddie Reese, shows two drills that will improve the power and speed of your swimmers’ legs while executing a fly kick.

Underwater Kick & Vertical Fly Kick

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this clip. The first is the Underwater Kick, in which the first 25 meters is underwater or the last 25 meters is underwater. For younger age groups, they can come up halfway through the drill. The second drill is the Vertical Fly Kick. Put your hands on your shoulders and fly kick vertically. There’s not much knee bend involved in the fly. Focus on generating power and speed.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Eddie Reese on Butterfly.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Help Swimmers Create Water Flow!

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

An effective way to improve your swimmers’ posture and balance is to tow them along and allow them to feel how the water moves across their bodies. Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head swimming and diving coach, shows you how towing can speed up an athlete’s freestyle stroke.

Assisted Towing

Drill Summary: Strap a cord around the waist of the swimmer and have them get in the water with a board underneath their belly. Begin by having the swimmer extend their arms and legs out and hold that position as the coach walks along the side of the pool and pulls them forward. The swimmer works on sensing the flow of the water over the skin of their body. After a few reps, transition into the swimmer doing a slow freestyle stroke with the aid of the board to feel the water moving against their skin as they complete their stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Freestyle Reimagined.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Receive Breaststroke Instruction from Josh Davis!

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

United States Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker, Josh Davis, gives you three breaststroke drills designed to develop faster swimmers. You will work on keeping your head up, shooting through the air, strengthening your arms and improving your timing in Davis’ drills.

Breaststroke Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different drills in this clip.

  1. Head Up Breaststroke – Swim using short, fast strokes and focus on keeping your head up in the water. Don’t let your chin touch the surface!
  2. Freaky Dolphin Drill – Instead of executing a regular dolphin drill, scoop and shoot forward in the water on every stroke. Really focus on diving forward!
  3. 2 Kicks 1 Pull – For every pull, you get two kicks. Focus on holding the streamline position and gliding near the surface of the water after every 2nd kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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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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