Vertical Flutter Kick

Vertical Flutter Kick

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…

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…

Freestyle – Breathing to Both Sides

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Sure, most people call it “bilateral” breathing, but when you’re working with developing swimmers, try to keep the language as common as possible. Why do it: Trying to make sure you build a balanced freestyle when you’re younger, gives you the decisions later about which side may be more powerful, or easier to breathe to.. Continue…

Breaststroke – Flip Turns

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If you want to build a great long course breaststroke, but only swim in a short course pool, here’s a quick trick to give you a couple extra strokes for training. Why do it: We work so hard on our underwater pullouts, that if you only train short course, you may never take enough strokes.. Continue…

Freestyle – 6-Kick Swim

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When you’re trying to build a great freestyle, it’s important you focus on the extreme ends of the body. Why do it: Learning how to drive the hands forward from the legs will help you develop a more complete stroke, and then afford you the ability to choose how fast you want to go, or.. Continue…

Backstroke – Breakout

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Maintaining your momentum from underwater dolphins to swimming, requires a clean breakout, avoiding resistance. Why do it: If you’ve worked hard on creating great underwater dolphins, you don’t want to throw that speed away by have a sloppy breakout. How to do it: 1 – Learn your underwater dolphin count. Either the number of kicks.. Continue…

All Strokes – Kickboard Flip

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Sometimes achieving greatness means finding places to practice skills you’ll need, when you’re training something else. Why do it: During your kick sets, while you’re working your legs, kickboard flips will allow you to also work your underwater dolphin kicks. How to do it: 1 – During your kick set, approach the wall, and one.. Continue…

Freestyle – Paddle Grab

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Keeping a straighter line from the fingertips through the forearm can help swimmers develop an understanding of how to create a larger pulling surface with the arm. Why Do It: While advanced swimmers can initiate the catch with a slight wrist break, it’s important for developing swimmers to understand that most effective pulling surface is created.. Continue…

Playing with Balance

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Coaches everywhere wish all their swimmers understood some simple aspects of swimming.  One is how to get your body into a great line in the water to create less resistance. Why do it: Learning that there are parts of your body that float, and parts of your body that sink, will help swimmers understand that by searching.. Continue…

All Strokes – The Seven Competitive Turns

All Strokes - The Seven Competitive Turns

It’s easy to break turns down into two forms, open turns, and flip turns.  We wish it was that easy, but competitive swimmers will need to know all seven of the competitive turns. Why do it: Unless you’re only going to swim freestyle, then mastering all the turns will allow you to compete in Individual.. Continue…