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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.
David Marsh has won 7 NCAA Team Championships and believes that the Individual Medley is the cornerstone of a successful program. Coach Marsh discusses the seasonal training phases for high school seasonal training. Watch and learn as he explains the keys to fast IM swimming.
Make sure that any heavy weightlifting is done during the off-season.
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Get insight on push off techniques from David Marsh, 2012 US Olympic Team Assistant Coach. Watch expert demonstration provided by former NCAA 200 IM Champion at Auburn, Lionel Moreau. Push offs are a key component to the turn and becoming a successful swimmer. See what push off skills you can gain from this clip.
Holding a streamline position will help the swimmer carry speed from the wall into the stroke. Using a stack and lock method reinforces the proper arm and hand position for a tight streamline. A quality streamline is the foundation to a great turn!