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Develop Your Backstroke Turns for Lower Times!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, teaches youth swimmers techniques of the backstroke turn. They will learn to try to take a last breath before rolling over to their stomach to begin the turn. This drill emphasizes rolling over without pausing for that last breath, which will break up the necessary rhythm and speed of the turn.

Backstroke Turn

Each athlete has to decide a direction they will turn by which side they feel more comfortable turning toward.

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Learn the 5 Keys to a Successful Freestyle!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coley Stickels has coached National Age Group record holders and Olympic Trials finalists and in this segment, he presents 5 key ideas that need to be understood and reinforced if the swimmer is to improve his or her freestyle performance.

Keys to Freestyle

The first key is the need for a high elbow catch with the elbow out in front of the head. 2nd, he explains that underwater video of top swimmers show they move their hand under the body so that their thumb moves by their belly button and then pushes into the outsweep. 3rd, Stickels demonstrates how the distance swimmer enters the hand near the head and sways the arm outward while the sprinter’s entering arm and hand resemble a claw. 4th, he demonstrates the need for a quick breath and return to a flat position before the recovery hand enters the water with the breath taken in an air-pocket and a long high neck. 5th, Stickels explains that distance freestylers utilize considerable body roll in their stroke while sprinters stay fairly flat in the water.

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Build Your Swimmers’ Strength and Power!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Larry Stoegbauer, the strength coach for swimmers at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, has put together a drill that allows the coach and the swimmer to measure the progress and improvement in building strength and power for swimming.

The Weight Strap Drill

The swimmer places a belt around his or her waist connected to a strap approximately the length of the pool with a bar bell weight of between 10 to 95 lbs. attached. The weight is placed in the deep end of the pool and the strap is curled around a backstroke start handle and out to the swimmer. The swimmer then sprints to the other end of the pool towing the weight across the pool bottom to the starting block. As the swimmer gains strength, the weight is increased.

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Create a Clean Entry into the Water for the Butterfly!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Claire DonahueOlympic and World Championships Gold Medalist, and Tyler McGill, 2012 Olympian, simplify the Butterfly by demonstrating a drill that emphasizes great technique. This involves performing a simple dive off the blocks with a pull buoy that forces the swimmer to squeeze their legs for a clean entry.

The Buoy Start

A clean entry on the start is crucial for maximizing speed off the start.

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See the Three Phases of the Breakout from a 4x Olympic Medalist!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Great sprinters place great emphasis on the minor details which can make a big difference in a race. Kara Lynn Joyce, 4x Olympic Silver Medalist, does a great job explaining and demonstrating all three phases of the breakout here in this video.

Full Breakout

The three phases to an excellent full breakout are: a good push off the wall, tight streamline, and an explosive kick and pull.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Sprint Freestyle with Kara Lynn Joyce and Jimmy Feigen.” VIEW other world class Freestyle videos in our massive Swimming library!




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