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Olympic and National Team Coach for Australia, Ian Pope, provides instructional stroke techniques for improving both elite swimmers and age groupers. Discover the importance of stroke efficiency that will lead to faster swimming.
Coach Pope will give you insight on how to get a feel for the water, and how to hold the water and balance without over-rotating.
Learn stroke finishing and recovery tips from Jack Bauerle, who was the Team USA Women’s Head Coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Finishing the stroke and the recovery should be comfortable and easy with no stress on the shoulders. This will ensure that the recovery will not contribute to swimmer fatigue and reduce the power of the pull stroke.
Coach Bauerle’s advice is accompanied by excellent demonstration from one of his former athletes.
This instructional clip features legendary swimming coach, Richard Quick. The demonstration of a fast start is accompanied by Coach Quick’s explanations of how to pick a “hole in the water” and take a deep plunge through it.
Other key aspects in this drill are lining up the arms and dropping the front knee.
The breaststroke kick is considered the main propulsive force in this stroke and in this drill the swimmer’s heels touch the swimmer’s hands to ensure a full range of kicking motion. 2X NCAA Championship Coach, Frank Busch, emphasizes the importance of the final downward thrust of the legs and feet.
See underwater and slow motion views of these kick drills for a better idea of the techniques presented here.
With over 30 years of coaching experience, Guy Edson, describes the nine components of an Age Group Workout. Gain the concept of each component and how to move practice through each one while maintaining the swimmer’s interest and enthusiasm.
Some of these components include: aerobic, kicking, learning to race, challenge sets, quality, long swims and games.
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