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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!

Discover Frequency Drills for Hurdlers!

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

Vince Anderson, Texas A&M University assistant track coach, shows you three frequency drills that he uses to train the Aggies’ hurdlers. These exercises will improve the technique of your athletes while also improving their foot speed as related to the hurdles.

Frequency Drills

Drill Summary: There are two frequency drills in this video. The first is the “Dribble Run,” in which athletes work on their recovery between hurdles for 30 yards. For the first 10 yards, hurdlers run forward and work on bringing their feet up and “stepping over” their calves. For the next 10 yards, they step over their crew socks, and for the last 10 yards they step over their ankles. The second frequency drill is the “Fast Leg Drill.” In this drill, athletes work on increasing their stride length every two steps. Coach Anderson places pieces of tape on the track that are at customized distances between each piece for each athlete. The goal is to stride out and hit every piece of tape (18-27 pieces).


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprint Hurdles.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Develop Better Agility on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

If you’re looking to build faster, more agile players, the “Cut Drill” from Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, Eric Markovcy, is an exercise you’ll want to learn. By working on speed, footwork and direction, your athletes will be able to maneuver around the field and improve all aspects of their game.

Cut Drill

Drill Summary: Set up six cones in a zig-zag formation. There should be about four yards between each cone. Coach Markovcy uses resistance bands with his athletes in this drill. Players start at one end of the cones and run from cone to cone, zig-zagging and focusing on planting their foot, pivoting, squaring their shoulders and accelerating toward the next cone. Do reps with resistance bands first, then without bands second.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pivot on outside foot at each cone.
2) Bend at the hips when pivoting.
3) Square shoulders after pivoting.
4) Explode to the next cone.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Practice Making a Perfect Backstroke Turn!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

David Marsh, eight time NCAA Coach of the Year and head coach of SwimMAC Carolina, presents the techniques he teaches his swimmers for executing the backstroke turn. Coach Marsh emphasizes the ability to control speed heading into the turn and being comfortable swimming on your side.

Backstroke Turn

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video.

  1. 12 Kick, 12 Kick Series: Swimmers kick on their back for 12 kicks, then rotate over and kick on their stomach for 12 kicks. After that, they flip over right where they are in the water.
  2. Plant Pause: Swimmers stay in the same column of water while turning and flip against the wall, pause for a second, then push off and glide.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Increase Speed with This Dryland Drill!

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

In correlation with his team’s late-season training routine, North Carolina State head coach, Braden Holloway, takes swimmers through the “Speed Phase” of dryland training to increase their speed in the water. This drill provides a great core workout while increasing the quickness of swimmers’ hands.

Speed Phase

Drill Summary: This drill requires a partner, as well as boxing gloves and pads. Have the driller put on the gloves and their partner put on pads. The partner stands in front of the driller and holds out the pads at belly button height. On the coach’s whistle, the driller begins hitting the pads as quickly as they can while keeping their body straight. Keep a strong base and look for the hips to rotate while doing this drill. This drill should be done for 10-20 seconds and can be done by hitting both up and down on the pads.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dryland Training for Maximizing Swimming Performance.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!


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