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Use a One Arm Drill to Speed Up Your Butterfly!

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

Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head coach and four time Ivy League Coach of the Year, runs through a drill for the butterfly that isolates arms individually to create a more complete stroke. By whipping the arm forward, swimmers will be able to propel themselves through the water faster.

One Arm Butterfly

Drill Summary: Swimmers swim the length of the pool using a one-arm butterfly technique. The arm that isn’t in use should remain extended out directly in front of the swimmer. Focus on the recovery and look for a ballistic movement (arm accelerating forward to pull the body forward). Make sure to avoid downward entry on the stroke and keep arms straight to generate more momentum. Also, minimizing up and down movement will allow the swimmer to go faster and use less effort in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Increase Backstroke Propulsion with This Kicking Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One of the keys to a quality backstroke is the propulsion swimmers get from their kick. Four time Ivy League Coach of the Year Matt Kredich helps swimmers get a feel for the water with this kicking drill that uses different angles in the water to develop peak propulsion.

Backstroke Kicking Drill

Drill Summary: In this backstroke drill, the swimmer pushes off the wall and puts their arms at their hips. From that position, the swimmer rotates their body to the left while maintaining their kick and holds that position for a couple seconds before returning to the neutral position. Then, the swimmer does the same thing to the right. Keep alternating sides for the length of the pool, remembering to stop briefly at the neutral position between switching sides. This drill increases propulsion from the swimmer’s toes and allows them to work on creating balance with their feet.

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

Improve on One of the Key Segments of the Breaststroke!

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

University of Tennessee Head Coach, Matt Kredich, reviews the 4 segments of the breaststroke that include outsweep, insweep, recovery and forward explosion, and the kick and glide. This particular drill focuses on the recovery and forward explosion.

Breaststroke Recovery and Explosion

Drill Summary: The first drill in this segment is to perform breaststroke with a dolphin kick propelled by using fins. Kredich encourages the swimmer to try to feel the resistance at the end of the insweep and to try to get out of that position as quickly as possible with a fast explosive recovery and snapping back to a tight “line” on the surface. Kredich then shares a variation doing breaststroke pulling with a flutter kick with fins. He believes that the flutter kick keeps the lower abs constantly engaged that allows the swimmer to push forward through every part of the stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Improve Your Butterfly Technique to Compete a Higher Level!

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

See how you can develop a faster and more efficient butterfly with helpful insight from University of Tennessee Head Swim Coach, Matt Kredich.  His demonstrator is a former swimmer of his that is also an Olympic Silver Medalist.  Learn a variety of undulation drills in this clip.

The first drill is called an Undulation Drill that will create propulsion to power you forward.  Make sure the body is in a straight line and you don’t want your swimmers to be scooping, sculling, or diving down.  The following drill is the Dolphin Kick on the side.  Focus on balance, forward motion, and stillness in the chest and head.  This exercise will create more propulsion from the hips and feet.   Coaches and swimmers will both pick up some excellent tips in this clip.

View an additional clip on the product page of “All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson.”  See great Butterfly DVDs and other world class Swimming DVDs from our huge video library!

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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