In this presentation Ian Pope, Australian Olympic coach, describes the “arm power zone” and proper body rotation to bring the body toward the hand. Also, watch to see how the swimmer can utilize the “one arm press” to engage the under arm and lats to supply more muscle into the stroke.
Make sure your arm is in front of the chest during the catch phase of the backstroke. Timing is crucial for the most power.
In this demonstration of the backstroke, Ian Pope, Australian National Team coach, stresses the technique for maximizing the power of the swimmer’s backstroke kick by showing the importance of both kicking up and kicking down to generate propulsion. This drill is designed to strengthen the backstroke kick. Some of the best backstrokers have a great kick!
It is important for athletes to keep their legs and toes extended.
Get advice to develop better butterfly turns with Ian Pope. He is currently the Head Coach at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club and has previously coach a number of Olympians and Record Holders. Learn how to have a improve all aspects of the turn during the Butterfly event with these fun drills.
Learn to generate power and make your rotation smooth. You will see how to get a good feel for the push off the wall and have a nice glide. Also, your kicks will get stronger working on these drills.
Check out the new Swimming Down Under series featuring Ian Pope! Pope is the Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club Head Coach and has been an Australian Olympic and National Team Coach since the 2000 Olympics. Pope has been named “Victorian Swimming Coach of the Year” nine times since 1998. Ian was awarded the 2006 “Vicsport Coach of the Year” across all sports as well as the 2003 & 2004 “Australian Swimming Teachers and Coaches Association National Swimming Coach of the Year.”
“Finally – a complete series that features one of the world’s most progressive leaders in swimming technique. The attention to detail that Pope provides is incredible. Not only am I able to apply the drills and techniques with my advanced swimmers, but I really enjoyed the segments that focused on teaching to the less experienced swimmers.”
– Aaron W. (High School & Club Swim Coach)