When working on flip turns with junior swimmers it is important that we do not make the turn too complicated to begin with, so that the basic movement patterns are … Continue Reading Key checks for Flip Turns
Nearly every session we do in our squad involves some kick work. It always has a purpose. Sometime, we use it to warm up for the main set or to … Continue Reading What are you trying to achieve with your kick sets?
There are three things that we try to get our junior swimmers to work on as they learn good breaststroke technique. When we talk about good technique, we often reference … Continue Reading What do we mean by swimming breaststroke ‘downhill’?
Diving and pushing off the wall, from a start or turn, is the fastest that a swimmer travels at any point in a swimming race. To maximise speed off the … Continue Reading Monday – working the dolphin kick
Having a strong effective kick is the at the foundation of developing good body position in the water. Too often, though, I see swim squads doing kick sets with no … Continue Reading Thoughts on developing kick strength
Giving time for swimmers to practice backstroke to breaststroke turns is essential for good medley swimming. Today we are working on some 50m repeats with the first 25m backstroke and … Continue Reading Wednesday – Back to Front
Whenever swimming breaststroke in training, it is vital that swimmers work on maximising the breaststroke pullout for the following two reasons: Getting the most speed and distance off the wall … Continue Reading Maximizing the Breaststroke pullout
Yoga is an excellent way for swimmers to gain strength and flexibility. 1 or 2 sessions a week will not only benefit your swimming but the mindfulness benefits and mental … Continue Reading Yoga for Swimmers – 1 app and some video
One thing that I like to stress when teaching buttery is the hand entry. Oftentimes, swimmers have their hand entry either too wide or too narrow. With a hand entry … Continue Reading Butterfly Hand Entry
When trying to explain to swimmers, and parents for that matter, about needing to have a feel for the water in order to be able to maximise the catch and … Continue Reading Saturday – Beginning to feel the water
I was watching re-runs of the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha that were held in 2014. In the men’s 50m freestyle we got to see as close to … Continue Reading The Perfect Start
In many of our sessions, swimmers are asked to swim a single arm backstroke rotation drill, to focus on a good catch with the opposite shoulder lifting out of the … Continue Reading Backstroke – the importance of shoulder rotation
While breaststroke is very much about the power developed in a good kick that propels the swimmer forward, the mechanics of the pull are worthy of further attention. When working … Continue Reading Developing the Breaststroke pull
Kicks sets are staple of most swimming sessions and there is good reason for this. An effective, strong kick is what lies at the base of good body position in … Continue Reading Developing a killer kick – ankle flexibility
Growing up as a young swimmer in the early 1990’s I recall watching Mel Stewart break the 200m Butterfly world record in Perth, ending a 9-year winning streak for Michael … Continue Reading Breathing to the side in Butterfly
This set is designed to support swimmers in improving their freestyle catch at the top of the stroke and improve body rotation to generate a stronger backstroke pull. Aims: Improve … Continue Reading Monday – Freestyle catch / Backstroke rotation