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.
The three phases to an excellent full breakout are: a good push off the wall, tight streamline, and an explosive kick and pull.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to stay submerged and do not rise up when entering the turn phase of your freestyle race.
5x NCAA coach of the year, Jack Bauerle, details how to train your swimmers to maintain the proper head position which results in a proper alignment and posture for minimizing drag. The ‘Explosion Drill’ starts with the head positioned properly in a sculling position and then exploding to a full sprint while maintaining an ideal head position.
This drill can also help you during a race when you have to change speed suddenly.