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Improve on One of the Key Segments of the Breaststroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

University of Tennessee Head Coach, Matt Kredich, reviews the 4 segments of the breaststroke that include outsweep, insweep, recovery and forward explosion, and the kick and glide. This particular drill focuses on the recovery and forward explosion.

Breaststroke Recovery and Explosion

Drill Summary: The first drill in this segment is to perform breaststroke with a dolphin kick propelled by using fins. Kredich encourages the swimmer to try to feel the resistance at the end of the insweep and to try to get out of that position as quickly as possible with a fast explosive recovery and snapping back to a tight “line” on the surface. Kredich then shares a variation doing breaststroke pulling with a flutter kick with fins. He believes that the flutter kick keeps the lower abs constantly engaged that allows the swimmer to push forward through every part of the stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Learn Key Concepts to Swim Faster in the Butterfly!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, shows you the 2 ½ Slide Drill. This drill enhances several key concepts for learning to swim a lower flat forward focused butterfly stroke without creating too much undulation.

2 ½ Slide Drill

Athlete Movement: In this drill the swimmer will take 2 full butterfly strokes each with a low breath and a high hooking catch position that drives the body forward. Then the swimmer takes one half stroke (pull through only) and dives into a flat head forward driven acceleration position before repeating the 2 full strokes.

Key benefits of the drill include: forcing the swimmer to pop the hips for a more fluid stroke without over undulating, keeping the head in a forward focused movement pattern, and helps the swimmer drive the head forward after breathing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Gain Power in Your Kick with the Thumper Kick

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

David Marsh, 2012 US Olympic Team Assistant Coach and 12x NCAA Championship Coach at Auburn, presents the Thumper Kick drill to emphasize all of the hip muscles that are used for a powerful kick.

Thumper Kick

The Thumper Kick drill consists of the swimmer raising a leg out of the water as high as possible, then slamming it back into the water as hard as you can, alternating legs. The goal is for the swimmer to engage the glutes and using the back muscles to get the legs high out of the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Freestyle.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Swim a Faster Butterfly with the Underwater Dolphin Kick

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bill Wadley and Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coaches, have coached 118 NCAA Champions.  In this video, they present the Underwater Dolphin Kick Drill that will improve your times.

Underwater Dolphin Kick

When doing the Underwater Dolphin, it is important that you have a tight body line and keep your body in one plane of water. Coach Wadley instructs to keep the hands, head, hip and heels all in one line and make sure to snap the kick from the core. The goal is to keep the chest and head still, so the kick comes from the rib cage down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Ohio State Drills & Skills for Butterfly.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Improve Your Breaststroke with the Triple Threat Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coley Stickels, 14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents the Triple Threat Drill. This drill focuses on increasing hand speed and working on the timing and rhythm of your stroke.

Triple Threat Drill

The Triple Threat Drill starts off with the athlete pushing off the wall with a flutter kick and breaststroke arms. The head is to be above the water for the first three strokes, with the athlete continuing to flutter kick. Next the athlete goes into normal breathing breaststroke for three strokes. Coach Stickels emphasizes to maintain your tempo throughout the drill with the flutter kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Mega Drills for Breaststroke .  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




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