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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.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Mega Drills for Freestyle.” VIEW other world class Freestyle videos in our massive Swimming library!




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!




Utilize Your Kick & Core Strength for a Better Freestyle Turn!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach has won multiple Big Ten Championships and shows you how to perform a world class freestyle turn.  The keys are to hold streamline on your back for a count of three and then utilize the swimmer’s kick, hips & core strength to transition to kicking on the side position.

The Two Drill

Also, “opening the back door,” be sure to maintain the feet shoulder width apart coming over and setting on the wall – do not bring the feet together.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” VIEW other world class Turn videos in our massive Swimming library!




Develop Efficient Turns with a More Streamline Body Position!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 31, 2014

Perform more efficient turns during your freestyle race with this drill featuring Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach, Bill Dorenkott. The ‘One Turn Drill’ helps you work on a more streamline position when leaving the wall.

One Turn

Breakout with your face first and not your fingertips “to ensure minimum resistance and keep the body in a nice horizontal plane” In the turn, pin both elbows next to the body with palms down, and then use the hands to assist in tumbling over quicker. With elbows still tight to the body, the hands extend forward into a strong streamline for the push off.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” VIEW other world class Turns videos in our massive Swimming library!




Develop Quicker, More Efficient Turns for Your Freestyle!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Legendary swimming coach, Richard Quick, and Auburn Swimming Head Coach, Brett Hawke, share their tools to build a faster sprint freestyle turn. Coaches Quick and Hawke discuss the sprint Freestyle approach/transition to the turn and the importance of increasing speed into the wall.

Freestyle Turn Transition

Be sure to stay submerged and do not rise up when entering the turn phase of your freestyle race.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from an additional clip of “Faster Fast Sprint Freestyle Turns & Transitions.” VIEW other world class Turns videos in our massive Swimming library!




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