Aquajets – Head Games

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This week, visiting Aquajets in Minnesota, we got a glimpse of how they work on stable head position by limited drills. Why do it: We all know that a stable head makes for a better body position and an equal degree of rotation for freestyle and backstroke. How to do it: 1 – Rather than.. 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…

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…

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…

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…

Freestyle – Reach Full Extension

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Learning to reach your goals, starts with learning to reach in the pool. Why do it: Reaching full extension in freestyle is a necessary foundation for swimmers at every level. Learning to create a slippery line to glide through the water, which requires balance, and a sense of flying, will allow you the ability to.. Continue…

Freestyle – Head Position

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Slight changes in your head position can have a big impact on how fast you are in freestyle. Why do it: Focusing on head position, rather than allowing your eyes to distract you, can help your body stay in a more proper line, which can provide better balance, better rotation, better extension, a more productive.. Continue…

Freestyle – Flutter From the Hips

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Developing the proper flutter kick starts to teach swimmers about how less is more, and focusing during kick sets can help make you a better swimmer. Why do it: Flutter kick is the most used kick in swimming, so you can consider this a foundational aspect of competitive swimming.  Learning how to harness the power.. Continue…