Part III: Can you BREATHE like Nathan Adrian?

Part III: Can you BREATHE like Nathan Adrian?

Welcome back to Part III of our series on Freestyle Breathing. In this part of our series, Coach Abbie decided to analyze one of the world’s FASTEST swimmers, Nathan Adrian, and help teach you the BIG difference between Nathan’s breath and the rest of the world’s! In case you missed Part II of this series, click here. Otherwise, let’s get started… Traditionally, coaches have always taught swimmers to breathe in

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How to TIME your Breath in Freestyle!

How to TIME your Breath in Freestyle!

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Freestyle Breathing! This week we will be discussing the 2 DIFFERENT technique styles of Freestyle breathing and more specifically, the timing of the breath. In case you missed last week’s post, which discussed HOW-TO breathe while swimming (not just in Freestyle), click here to read that. Otherwise, let’s get started! As most of you all were taught, the breath in Freestyle

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Proper Freestyle Breathing Technique

Proper Freestyle Breathing Technique

Have you ever wondered what the proper Freestyle breathing technique is? Did you know there’s actually more than 1-way to BREATHE in Freestyle? In Swim Like A. Fish’s latest series, we are dissect all aspects of breathing in Freestyle and more! Freestyle breathing is a FUNDAMENTAL component to having an efficient stroke. Just like we discussed in our breathing series, having a swimmer get a consistent source of oxygen is

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3 Ways to Improve Your Freestyle Kick:

3 Ways to Improve Your Freestyle Kick:

Whether your a new swimmer, triathlete, or a competitive swimmer, everyone struggles with Freestyle Kick. Most athletes are not born with an innate ability to plantar flex their feet. In fact, everything we do outside the water contradicts what we do inside the water. Below are 3 quick tips to help improve your kicking speed and ankle flexibility–fast! 1.) Improve Your Plantar Flexibility Performing an ankle stretch to increase plantar

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Part III: Okay, really—The Pinky can Affect a Swimmer’s Kick?

Part III: Okay, really—The Pinky can Affect a Swimmer’s Kick?

Welcome to Part III, our final segment about how amazingly awesome the pinky finger is! This week, we are going to dive even deeper into how your pinky finger affects your lower extremities (not just your Freestyle Pull). Last week we introduced the POS system. (Yes–it’s definitely a better idea to read Part’s I & II if you haven’t before continuing on  ) Once again, the POS system is composed of the gluteus maximus, latissimus dori, and

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Part II: Power of the Pinky Finger

Part II: Power of the Pinky Finger

Last week, we touched on why it’s important to engage your Pinky Finger during the Freestyle Pull. I would recommend reading Part I before Part II, as you will have a better understanding of this application. This week, I’d like to dive deeper into this subject and specifically focus on why properly engaging your pinky and ring fingers during the Freestyle Pull–actually makes your Freestyle Pull stronger. Let’s do a test. Stand

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What’s the Pinky Finger have to do with the Freestyle Pull?

What’s the Pinky Finger have to do with the Freestyle Pull?

A lot of times swimmers have issues with their hand entry at the beginning of their Freestyle pull. As coaches, we see may swimmers crossing-over their body, entering with their thumb, slapping the water up top–a complete spectrum of different entry types. All of these entries, besides the ideal one (we will get to that one in a second) affect how much water a swimmer can pull during Freestyle. Why?

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Part II: Improve Your Breaststroke Kick Speed

Part II: Improve Your Breaststroke Kick Speed

Why yes, in fact, they can. Fun fact: Flamingos can fly up to 40mph, but need a significant amount of momentum before their feet can leave the ground. Have you ever seen a Flamingo start running before they take flight? Enough of that, back to swimming  Last week, we covered the Flamingo drill and what muscle strength is needed for a successful Breaststroke kick. If case you missed Part I of this series, click

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What Does a Flamingo and a Breaststroke Kick have in Common?

What Does a Flamingo and a Breaststroke Kick have in Common?

The Breaststroke kick has an extensive history of being the hardest kick to teach age-groupers. Some kids are born with the ability to point their toes away from their body and some we teach over and over again. The movement required in a Breaststroke kick is not natural and requires repetition after repetition until the swimmer gets it right. I’m sure many of you have heard a Breaststroke kick explained

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Part III: I’ve run marathon(s), but I can’t kick worth sh*t

Part III: I’ve run marathon(s), but I can’t kick worth sh*t

Excuse my language (it is very inappropriate)–but it got your attention didn’t it?  How many times have you heard or said, “I can run for miles, but I can’t kick for one!” On my end, this situation has happened more times than I can count. I’ve worked with many top level triathletes and marathon runners who struggle with Freestyle kicking, even though they spend hours on their legs outside the

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