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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.