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Receive Breaststroke Instruction from Josh Davis!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

United States Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker, Josh Davis, gives you three breaststroke drills designed to develop faster swimmers. You will work on keeping your head up, shooting through the air, strengthening your arms and improving your timing in Davis’ drills.

Breaststroke Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different drills in this clip.

  1. Head Up Breaststroke – Swim using short, fast strokes and focus on keeping your head up in the water. Don’t let your chin touch the surface!
  2. Freaky Dolphin Drill – Instead of executing a regular dolphin drill, scoop and shoot forward in the water on every stroke. Really focus on diving forward!
  3. 2 Kicks 1 Pull – For every pull, you get two kicks. Focus on holding the streamline position and gliding near the surface of the water after every 2nd kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at!

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Develop a Better Backstroke with Spin Drills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The key to increasing backstroke speed lies in the effectiveness of your arms. Josh Davis, American record breaker and Olympic gold medalist, uses the “Spin Drill” and “Swim Spin” to train his arms to whip around quickly in the water, generating more propulsion for faster times.

Spin Drill & Swim Spin

Drill Summary: For the “Spin Drill,” swimmers simply execute a backstroke and throw their arms as fast as they can through the air. They also whip their arms through the water as fast as they can. The key to this drill is to generate power from the core, torso and hips. Make sure to stop doing the drill if you feel any discomfort in your chest or arms. For the “Swim Spin,” execute a backstroke and focus on keeping arms and legs relaxed throughout the exercise.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Promote High Elbows on the Freestyle Stroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

If swimmers want to develop an efficient freestyle stroke, they need to learn to get their elbows high into the air and glide on the side of their bodies in the water. American record breaker Josh Davis uses the “Thumb Drag” or “Zipper” drill to teach these concepts to swimmers of all ages.

Thumb Drag or Zipper Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and swim the length of the pool using a freestyle stroke. The key to this drill is dragging the thumb of each hand up the side of the body until it touches the arm pit on every stroke. This will ensure swimmers get their elbows pointing up and help them develop a rhythm in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Learn Josh Davis’ Favorite Butterfly Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker Josh Davis’ favorite drill for the butterfly is the “Angels in the Water” drill. Davis likens the movement in this drill to creating angels in the snow! This drill is fantastic for beginners and can also be used to enforce good habits for more experienced swimmers.

Angels in the Water

Drill Summary: Davis says the keys to this drill are keeping the arms straight and moving them gently, just above the water. Swimmers should use a slow-motion pull and try to breathe every other stroke. This drill is to be done without any use of the legs.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Swimming Instruction from some of the World’s Best Coaches and Athletes!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 6, 2012

Check out some of the world’s best swimming instructors and athletes.  These Swimming DVDs feature Michael Phelps, winner of 22 Olympic medals, and Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee Head Swimming Coach.  Take a look at four Swimming DVDs to improve your swimming team!

Personal Best – Butterfly

This DVD provides swimming fans of all ages with unprecedented camera angles and commentary to capture every detail that makes the duo of Phelps and Bowman the best in the world. The DVD includes expert instruction from Bowman on the specifics techniques of the butterfly stroke that he reinforces with Phelps on a daily basis: basic tips for beginning swimmers and advanced instruction for developed swimmers; and commentary from Phelps about his world-record setting swims.

Go Swim Backstroke with Aaron Peirsol

Gold medalist and world record holder Aaron Peirsol shares the key focus points that he uses to develop his awesome backstroke technique. Peirsol’s six focus points work for every level of swimmer – novice to elite – and you don’t have to learn drills or change your normal workout routine in order to incorporate them into your stroke. The extraordinary swimming footage of Peirsol, combined with clear, step-by-step instruction, will help take your backstroke to the next level.

Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns

  • Learn how to incorporate the streamline into every aspect of swimming: strokes, starts, and turns
  • Lower your PR with the latest techniques in all four strokes to maximize stroke efficiency and speed
  • Get the techniques needed to maximize explosiveness on your starts
  • Learn turn techniques for getting off of the wall faster

All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson

  • Over 3 hours of butterfly instruction
  • Innovative approaches to teaching the butterfly
  • Includes butterfly stroke, start and turn instruction
  • Learn Christine Magnuson’s personal butterfly insights

Also learn from other former & current Olympics Coaches:

All Access Swimming Practice with Sam Freas
Jeff Huber’s Championship Diving Series

Gettin’ Better with David Marsh: Tips, Drills and Skills for Faster Swimming!

Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under Series

Becoming a Champion Swimmer Series

In the Fast Lane with Frank Busch

Start to Finish Women’s Swimming Technique Series

Eddie Reese on Swimming


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