4-Steps to a GREAT Breaststroke Pull:

4-Steps to a GREAT Breaststroke Pull:

Welcome back! I hope you guys are ready and geared up for another blog series. This month, we are shifting gears away from Backstroke and starting to dissect Breaststroke. Personally, Breaststroke is my LEAST favorite stroke. I never enjoyed swimming Breaststroke, and it never came naturally to me. I do think there are some swimmers out there born with genetic advantages, which make them great Breaststrokers (i.e. flexible ankles and

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From Learn-To-Swim to High-Performance Coaching

From Learn-To-Swim to High-Performance Coaching

Ever wondered what it’s like to transition from Learn-To-Swim to High-Performance coaching? Well, luckily last Fall I sat down with Marcus Cheah, Assistant Coach of Singapore’s National Swim Team. Marcus grew up swimming in Singapore himself, and after his university career ended he came back home and started a swim school. A few short years after that, a position opened up at the National Team and he was offered the

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How MUCH Rotation in Backstroke is Enough?

How MUCH Rotation in Backstroke is Enough?

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Backstroke Rotation! My apologies as it’s taken me a while to get another blog up! The holidays and New Year’s came flying by, and now we are off and running for 2020! If you missed Part I of this series, click here. Also, I’d recommend if you need a refresher on what we talked about last–do so, before reading this part.

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6 Dryland Exercises For a STRONGER Freestyle Pull

6 Dryland Exercises For a STRONGER Freestyle Pull

Do you want to develop a stronger Freestyle pull? Well, then you’ve come to the right place, because in today’s blog we will be looking at the 6 BEST Dryland Exercises to strengthen YOUR Freestyle Pull! Nowadays, almost all elite swimmers incorporate some form of Dryland or strength training into their schedules. This is due to the huge amount of benefits that it can hold for us as swimmers, such

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Stroke Technique is a puzzle and you must articulate the BEST piece to instill change.

Stroke Technique is a puzzle and you must articulate the BEST piece to instill change.

Recently, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Dominic Latella who is the owner/coach of SwimBox. SwimBox is based in FairFax, VA and is run out of an endless pool. Dominic is a Level 4 Masters Swim Coach, along with a Head Swim Coach for an Adaptive Swim Team at Walter Reed. Overall, Dominic has over 16 years of coaching experience. To get a taste of what we chatted

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Backstroke Swimming: Rotation

Backstroke Swimming: Rotation

Welcome to our newest series on Backstroke Swimming, specifically looking at swimmer’s rotation. It’s only fitting that we move on to the Backstroke rotation, as we’ve already discussed in the Backstroke kick & pull. My goal by the end of this series is to help you understand why rotation IS crucial in Backstroke swimming and give you a few ways to improve your rotation while Backstroke Swimming. Let’s get started…

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Ever Heard of the Backstroke Drill: Kayak Drill?

Ever Heard of the Backstroke Drill: Kayak Drill?

Welcome back to Part III of our series on the Backstroke Pull, this week we are going to talk about one of my favorite drills for the Backstroke Pull: Kayak Drill. If you missed Part’s I and II of this series, I would definitely recommend going and reading those first before this one. Otherwise, let’s get started! In Parts I and II, we discussed the pulling pattern in Backstroke, Rotation,

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Want to SWIM in College? Here’s 5 Tips to Help YOU with the Recruiting Process!

Want to SWIM in College? Here’s 5 Tips to Help YOU with the Recruiting Process!

A couple months ago I sat in on a panel about college recruitment process for swimmers. As a former D1 swimmer at the University of Georgia, I went through the college recruiting process at an early age. Now, the NCAA has changed the rules up from when I was recruited and allows collegiate coaches to contact swimmers EVEN EARLIER than before. If you’re unsure how to even go about the

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The MISSING Piece in YOUR Backstroke!

The MISSING Piece in YOUR Backstroke!

Welcome back to Part II of our series on the Backstroke Pull. This week we plan to dig deeper into the Backstroke stroke itself, dissecting the recovery—where as, last week we discussed some keys to a GREAT Backstroke Pull. If you haven’t read Part I of this series, click here. Otherwise, let’s get started! Have you ever felt in your Backstroke that you’re trying really hard, but the feel of

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3 Secrets to a GREAT Backstroke Pull:

3 Secrets to a GREAT Backstroke Pull:

Looking for a way to improve your Backstroke pull, but not really sure how? Well get ready, because in our next series we are going to fully dissect the Backstroke pull to get you swimming Backstroke faster down the pool. Let’s go ahead and get started… Just like we discussed in Freestyle, Backstroke is a long-axis stroke. What that means is swimmers will rotate around their longitudinal axis. Your longitudinal

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