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Start vs Push-off

I'd say this is maximal effort!I'd say this is maximal effort!
Every swimmer endures workouts containing copious yardage. Whether or not this is the right principle will not be discussed, but the impact of training with block starts or wall pushes.

Rotational Hip Drill

When I was competing I constantly looked for technical improvements in freestyle. To be honest I never had great technique and constantly used my pure speed (high turnover) to outperform my peers in sprint races. This was all and dandy until I reached a tipping point with this technique. In college, I had to adjust my stroke to keep up with the field, unfortunately, even with excellent coaching and ideas I never completely unwired my old sprint habits when it came to meets. In practice I focused on manipulating my strokes in many ways similar to teachniques termed in Mike Bottom's set of DVDs entitled: The Three Styles of Freestyle. In this DVD coach Bottom uses three types of freestyle:

Race Analysis: Nathan Adrian 45.08 SCM

Some videos are surfacing from the 2009 Duel in the Pool where the United States took on a random group of European Stars (could have used France...)
Anyways, here's some analysis and comparison to Leveaux's 100 SCM WR:

Backstroke: Rocking or Rolling?

Ever since the Japanese backstroker Ryosuke Irie broke the world record in the 200 backstroke, there has been talk about whether we should be teaching his style of backstroke. Though his record of 1:52.86 was subsequently rejected by FINA, there is no doubt that he is one of the world’s top backstrokers, especially in the 200 distance. His stroke, which I call the “rocking” stroke because thats what it feels like to me, is characterized by a shallow, wide catch and pull and limited vertical movement of the shoulders.

Deceleration Skill Mastery for Swim Power: The Kinematic Sequence in Long Axis Strokes

Deceleration Skill Mastery for Swim Power: The Kinematic Sequence in Long Axis Strokes
by Allan Phillips | Sun, 06/27/2010 - 11:33

Great swimmers flow through the water with effortless power.  Finding that sweet spot of efficiency in the water is one of the most elusive athletic skills.  To novices, fast swimming takes an almost mystical quality.  Fortunately, research in other rotational sports yields clues to help crack the code.   One area of power generation often overlooked in the water is the importance of segmental deceleration. 

Quality vs Quantity

On Split Time last Friday Garrett McCaffrey sat down with Chuck Batchelor to discuss the highly debatable topic of quality vs. quantity training. Chuck discusses his team's approach as they train 7 days a week, 70,000/week with 1 hour of dryland daily. He feels this volume is a moderate amount compared other clubs and older training methods of 100,000/week! Anyone outside of the swimming community would gawk at this volume and consider it high for everyone except marathon swimmers. In track, a sprinter has a much different training protocol than a swimmer.


Continuing our theme of exploring the unique physical characteristics of elite swimmers, this week we’ll look at hip internal and external rotation in breaststroke. There’s an old adage that great breaststrokers are born and not made, lets explore these adage!

Race Analysis: Rebecca Soni 100 Breast 1:02.70 SCM WR

Once again I'll be looking at one of Rebecca Soni's races, the 100 SCM breast from the Duel in the Pool. I will be comparing it Jessica Hardy in the same race:

Soni: 100 SCM breast 1:02.70 (30.08/32.68) Percent decrease on second 50: 7.9%
Hardy: 100 SCM breast 1:04.71 (29.63/35.08) Percent decrease on second 50: 15.5%!!

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