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Learn the Backstroke Scull from an Olympic Champion!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

Six-time Olympic medalist, Matt Grevers, set a new world record in the 100-meter backstroke at the Duel in the Pool event in Indianapolis just a couple weeks ago. In this clip, you’ll learn a backstroke sculling drill from Grevers himself that he likes to use prior to competing in a race.

Backstroke Scull

Drill Summary: This drill focuses on the “finish” of your backstroke. The key is to keep your hands sideways in the water at all times, rotating side to side. When in the water and going backward, pull your knees close to your chest and keep your hands down by your waist. Push the water away from your body using your hands and continue swimming backward with your knees close to your chest. Coach Grevers loves to do this drill right before a race, and even used this drill right before he won the 100M backstroke in the Olympics.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Backstroke with Matt Grevers.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at!

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Increase the Foot Speed of Your Backstroke!

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

Matt Grevers, world champion and six-time Olympic medalist, loves to do the “Quarter Drill” right before he races. The drill will help swimmers maintain a strong kick when they add their arms to the stroke.

Quarter Drill

Drill Summary: After pushing off the wall, the swimmer kicks fast and hard in a streamline position for the first quarter of the lane. The next quarter, the swimmer adds their arms, but makes sure to keep their kicking at the same speed. The third quarter, the swimmer goes back to just kicking with their arms extended in the streamline position, and the final quarter they once again add the arms to the full stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Backstroke with Matt Grevers.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Create a Strong, Powerful Kick with the Quarter Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Olympians, Kara Lynn JoyceJimmy Feigen, and Matt Grevers provide you with a drill called the Quarter Drill. This drill will help swimmers focus on a strong powerful kick.

Quarter Drill

Drill Summary: The swimmer begins kicking ¼ of the 25 in streamline position then the second ¼ is full stroke (focusing on the strong kick), the third ¼ the swimmer goes back to streamline kick and the final ¼ the arms are added. Swimmers must focus on the strong constant driving kick and when the arms are added there is no pause in the kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Sprint Freestyle with Kara Lynn Joyce and Jimmy Feigen.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Train Like an Olympian with this Backstroke Instruction!

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

Get a rare look at what it’s like to train like an Olympian! Six time Olympic Medalist, Matt Grevers, goes over his favorite drill called the ‘Double Arm Backstroke.’ This exercise helps you work on your hand positioning and pull.

Double Arm Backstroke

Use a normal flutter kick throughout this drill. Your hands will exit the water leading with your thumbs, and enter the water leading with your pinky fingers. Make sure that your hands during the pull are about 6-8 inches below the surface.

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