Swimming Drills Discussion (Faster swimming means better technique)

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Oct 29, 2005

Swimming Drills Discussion (Faster swimming means better technique)

Drills, drills, drills is one of the swimming streams many coaches take in the pursuit of a perfect stroke. It is not easy to maintain a beautiful, efficient stroke in high speeds and that is when technique drills come into play. The hardest part about having the perfect stroke is the ability to change, modify and adjust swimmer's stroke as the swimmer develops.

If one desires perfection he/she cannot be afraid to try new things. Swimming is a constant learning process, as many great coaches state, "to be the best, you gotta learn from the best". Here are a few tips on how to get started with good technique.

1. Watch a lot of swimming videos of top level swimmers (start here: at swim.ee )

2. Do not think of technique as something that you will learn and never have to think about it again. Wrong! The perfect stroke requires constant attention, so stop your mind from wondering all over the place when you swim and focus on how the water feels, how much of it my arms are pulling, am I kicking enough, am I relaxed, do I hold a good streamline off the wall etc.

3. To help you with motivation, you may pretend that you are being watched in every single practice by fans in the stands or on the pool deck and they will laugh at you if your stroke looks like crap. Let's see you now not think about the technique. Nobody likes to be laugh at (even though it is only imaginary:).

4. Ask your peers or coach to watch you and evaluate what you are doing right and what you could correct in your stroke.

5. If you have an access to an underwater video camera, USE IT. If you do not own one, they are not that expensive to buy and are worth the purchase. Film yourself from the front, the back, from each side and from 45 degree angles on both sides in the front. Then upload the video to YouTube, Blip, or Vimeo and let me know. I will provide you with some hints on what to improve and get you swimming properly in no time.

6. Have fun and don't be afraid to play around in the water. By playing with your stroke you might discover some knew technique or movement that might just work for you.

7. Finally, relax! It is the ease, relaxation and efficiency of the stroke that makes you go fast, not how many muscles you put into it.

Happy Swimming!
Be seen, keep your stuff dry and take a break when needed.


Anonymous said...

I am 60 years old, have never swam competition, and in fact could only swim 3 lengths of the pool when I was in my middle 20's.

Now my work out is a 2 mile swim several times a week.

Not bad, yes??

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for workout tips and information, check out the swimming
and www.sportsnationvideo.com

capricorn said...

Someone recently told me that in freestyle my second arm should start the stroke only when my first arm reaches it and so on,meaning at one point both arms should be parallel in water before the start of the stroke.
My second arms always starts to move downward and backward as my first arm comes out of the water from behind. I also watched videos of champions and at no point during freestyle do their arms become parallel to each other.
what should I do ?
Should I stick to how I have been swimming for years or should I adopt the new style ( the parallel arms one).

Swimator said...

@capricorn: you should stick to what you are doing. Arms should never meet unless you are doing a swimming drill to help you improve technique. See the basic how to use your arms in freestyle post.