technique

Glide and Kick

Glide and Kick

Backstroke is the one stroke I see novice swimmers always get excited for. Sure, I remember a time when that was true for me as well. Think about it, you don't need to think about breathing or some of the other magnitude of components that go into a fast Freestyle, Butterfly, or Breaststroke. You get to lay on your back, relax and just go. Of course, this is never actually the case. There are so many variables that make up a great Backstroke and we're going to cover one component of that today.

Build speed through sculling

Build speed through sculling

There is one technique that I rely on more than anything else when teaching swimmers the mechanics of swimming. It's sculling. Most sessions will have at least a few lengths of sculling, whether it's part of a warm-up, cool down or even part of the main set. Learning how your body moves, manipulates, and feels in the water is a crucial part of increasing both your speed and efficiency in the water. 

The Lochte Turn

The Lochte Turn

After a hundred years of competitive swimming, Olympian Ryan Lochte has innovated a new way to turn during Freestyle. I first noticed the new innovation while Lochte was competing for a spot on the Olympic team this past year in Omaha, but thought I was mistaken so I shrugged it off. Then I saw it again at the Olympic games and couldn't believe my eyes. 

Stable Head Freestyle

Stable Head Freestyle

There is so much we can work on when mastering Freestyle. One aspect of the stroke that causes a lot of swimmers trouble is head position. Some swimmers tilt their heads up slightly either when they breathe or when their heads are in the water during their strokes. Some swimmers move their heads from side to side, never really finding that perfect alignment position. If any of my old coaches are reading the previous statement, they are all nodding along as I used to be extremely guilty of that one.

Work towards a balanced Freestyle

Work towards a balanced Freestyle

Learning to be a balanced swimmer can be a lifelong task. Balance will not only help you in the water but help you build stability and strength outside of the water as well. Having great Freestyle is based on a solid body line, but sometimes swimmers mask their instabilities in the water by using their arms or legs to support them.

5 small tweaks that will improve your breathing

5 small tweaks that will improve your breathing

Breathing is a crucial part of swimming. Everyone knows this, but so many swimmers struggle to get it right. They often opt to lifting their heads forward or just keep their heads out of the water the entire time. These techniques not only make you less efficient in the water but can actually make your overall breathing significantly harder. Developing good breathing technique is one of the hardest thing for new or intermediate swimmers to master.

Introducing the 3-peak Backstroke

Introducing the 3-peak Backstroke

Backstroke is one of the more popular strokes to train in. It's similarities to Freestyle allow swimmers to cover significant distances at a greater speed. The ease of breathing attracts a lot of new swimmers to this particular stroke since you always have your face out of the water. However, did you know that not all backstroke is the same? I would like to introduce you to 3-peak Backstroke.