Breaststroke – Heel Touch Kick

While we’ve spent years focusing on a narrow breaststroke kick, we can’t forget that we need to make sure the feet are connecting correctly no matter where the push initiates.

Backstroke – Shoulder Recovery

Over a decade ago as we were starting the Drill of the Week, we published a drill called Shoulder Pop. It’s great that’s still so valid, and here’s some advanced views on that.

Breaststroke – Flip Turns With No Pushoff

Nearly 7 years ago, we published a drill that showed breaststrokers using flip turns and no underwater pull to better simulate long course training in a short course pool. Here’s another level to that.

Breaststroke – Sneaky Extension Practice

One of the most important aspects of a great breaststroke will be the extended position underwater. Here’s a little bit of a sneaky way to get your swimmers to practice this.

Set The Limits

How do you know when what you’re doing in practice is unproductive? When is working harder, just not doing what you want it to do in the long run? Here are a couple ideas that can help.

Turns – Air Control Flip Turn

Many swimmers, especially ones still learning, can tend to allow too much air to escape during the flip turn. This is done to make sure no water goes UP the nose, but it also has a detrimental effect on your pushoff.

Tempo Trainer Drills and Sets

Celebrating many years of Tempo Trainer work. Here’s a nice collection of workouts and drills featuring the TT. Click here to pick one up, and don’t forget to use the code “goswim” to save an additional 15%.

Developing a Narrow Flutter Kick

Other than the freestyle pull, flutter kick is the most used skill in swimming. Some people kick well, other people kick poorly, but just about everyone kicks a little when they swim freestyle. While it sometimes takes a lot of thought to develop a good flutter kick, it’s certainly worth the time.