Breaststroke – Narrow to Wide Pull

If you’re still searching for the ideal breaststroke pull, and most everyone should be, don’t be afraid to go to extremes. Why do it: Breaststroke continues to show us the most variations in successful styles.  Make sure you’re exhausted all types when developing your individual technique. How to do it: 1 – Start with the.. Continue…

Butterfly – Short Release

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This focal point will be pretty much imperceptible to the naked eye, but the feeling to the swimmers may be a game changer for some swimmers. Why do it: When some, especially young, swimmers are swimming butterfly, they may tend to get stuck during the recovery.  This simply trick will help the hands exit, into.. Continue…

Breaststroke – Toe-Draw Recovery

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If you’re working on creating a clean breaststroke, sometimes you have to start at the end. Why do it: Cleaning up the recovery of the kick can help you to avoid resistance at the exact point there is the MOST resistance in swimming… the recovery of the breaststroke kick. How to do it: 1 -.. Continue…

Join Us On Our Quest

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For swimmers, the ultimate goal is to stand atop the Olympic podium as their country’s national anthem is played.  It is a goal so ambitious that only a handful of swimmers will ever achieve it.  Yet the goal is so powerful that hundreds of thousands of swimmers pursue it. The Ultimate Quest…A lifelong pursuit of.. Continue…

Freestyle – Catch-Up Timing

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Connecting the arms, to the body is more easily done when the swimming maintains their extension a bit longer. Why do it: A catch-up style freestyle isn’t for everyone.  Great sprinters don’t have time to wait for this type of stroke, while it’s more frequent in middle distance and distance swimmers.  The important aspect to.. Continue…

Vertical Flutter Kick

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This drill is part of our Backstroke – Skill Progression with Rohan Taylor course on our subscription site.  This is one of 13 beautiful chapters featuring two Olympic backstrokers, Bindy Hocking and Ash Delaney.  You can see them all here. —————————- There’s no better way to train a narrow, consistent kick than with vertical flutter kick… Continue…

Boring Practices

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Yep, it happens to the best of us (and me). The other day, I was giving some kids I work with a practice, and about half-way through, one looks up to me and says, “Are we doing this again?”
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Underwater Dolphins – Increasing Rate

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When working on your underwater dolphins, experimenting with rate may be the big change you’ve been looking for. Why do it: You can’t work on your underwater dolphins enough, but only working on how many you take off each wall may limit your ability to really find that perfect underwater.  Experimenting with how quickly you.. Continue…