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Improve Your Backstroke with the “Over Under Drill!”

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

Coley Stickels, a 14 time NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents a drill that is sure to increase the effectiveness of the backstroke. The “Over Under Drill” creates power and speed for swimmers of all skill levels.

Over Under Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall on their back and begin with both hands at their hips. To start the drill, swimmers sneak the right arm up into a catch position. Then, swimmers make sure to get the elbow high, pivot the hips and pull their arm all the way down. After this is done, swimmers do a full stroke with their left hand, then repeat the process for the length of the pool.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Backstroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving 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!




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.




Utilize the “Double Look Drill” to Improve Your Freestyle!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

14x NCAA All-American, Coley Stickels, presents the Double Look Drill to reinforce the habit of breathing fast with the proper timing and rhythm in the freestyle stroke. The swimmer pushes off the wall and with the pulling arm extended out in front, rotates the head while positioned against the bicep for two quick breaths making sure that the second breath is completed and the head returned to facing downward before the recovery hand enters the water.

Double Look Drill

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




Use the Breakout Drill to Improve Your Freestyle!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

14x NCAA All-American with University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, teaches the Breakout Drill to ensure extension and streamline during freestyle. Learn key concepts to train the non-pulling arm to stay “velcroed” to the head to improve your freestyle.

Breakout Drill

In this drill, the swimmer pushes off the wall in a streamline position and takes 3 dolphin kicks. This is followed by immediate fast flutter kicking as the pulling arm goes through the high elbow pull and holds this position with the pulling arm now trailing and the lead arm still stretched out in front for a count of 3 full seconds.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Mega Drills for Freestyle.” View other world class Swimming videos!




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