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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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Train Swimmers to Burst with their Entire Body!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

University of Wisconsin head men’s and women’s coach, Whitney Hite, shows you his version of the “Vertical Dolphin Kick.” This drill will help swimmers learn to use their entire body to generate power, and also serves as a great workout for athletes needing to strengthen their core.

Vertical Dolphin Kick

Drill Summary: Swimmers get to a spot in the pool where they can vertical kick without having to worry about hitting the bottom. This drill can be completed in two ways: 30 second technique mastering and 6 second bursts. For the technique, focus on keeping the hands crossed over the chest and kicking with a dolphin motion. Make sure to use the hips and as much of the chest as possible to kick. In the 6 second bursts, try to get at least 18 kicks in.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Backstroke Breakdown.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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