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Increase Arm Strength for a More Powerful Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 30, 2013

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.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!

Create More Propulsion and Speed in Your Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 2, 2013

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.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke.  See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!

Lower Your Race Times with Better Butterfly Turns!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, November 5, 2012

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.

View an additional clip on the product page of “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Butterfly.”  See great Butterfly DVDs and other world class Swimming DVDs from our huge video library!


Swimming Down Under with Ian Pope (Olympic Head Coach)!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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.”

Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Freestyle

  • Presentation compares distance and sprint freestyle
  • Demonstration and video breakdown of Olympians Grant Hackett and Matt Targett
  • Includes start and turn instruction
  • Added feature: coaching young freestylers!

Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke

  • Drills to groove a great feel for the stroke
  • Train your swimmers to enter and catch in the “power zone”
  • Includes a segment on coaching young backstrokers

Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Breaststroke

  • Over 35 drills to enhance breaststroke performance
  • Learn the key components for swimming great breaststroke
  • Includes start and turn instruction
  • Includes a segment on coaching breaststroke with younger swimmers

Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Butterfly

  • Get complete instruction for swimming a faster butterfly
  • Butterfly-specific start and turn instruction included
  • Includes segment for coaching younger butterflyers
  • features stroke demonstration by World Record Butterflyer Marieke Guerher

“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)


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