The “Right” Way to Pull in Freestyle:

The “Right” Way to Pull in Freestyle:

From USA Swimming to SwimOutlet to FlowSwimming, many masterminds behind stroke technique have delineated the best way to pull in Freestyle. From the S-Pull to a Straight Arm, Hybrid, or High Elbow Catch (EVF)—it seems there is NO universal opinion on which pulling technique is optimal for swimmers. The purpose of this week’s blog post is to bring you the 10 BEST Stroke Technician’s out there–opinions on the Freestyle pull– to 1 page! From there, let’s have you (the reader) determine—The “Right” Way

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Part III: What’s the Big Toe Have to do with Freestyle Kicking?

Part III: What’s the Big Toe Have to do with Freestyle Kicking?

Welcome to our last and final segment on our feet. Last week, we discussed why our two toe tests can deduct any possible restrictions in your Spinal (Fascial) line and also, what to do to “break” up these restrictions. This week, we plan on going more in depth on how these tests works and what role our big toe plays while Freestyle kicking. Let’s get started… If you haven’t performed these two

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The Best Way to Sleep with Sore Shoulders:

The Best Way to Sleep with Sore Shoulders:

If you are a swimmer, you’ve definitely experienced sore shoulders and/or shoulder pain. With the nature of sport (predominately) in the forward range of motion, most swimmers experience some sort of shoulder dysfunction within their career. Since this soreness is often inevitable, wouldn’t you love to know a way to decrease your soreness level, but not actually add more into your routine? Well get ready for our next blog series

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How to Get a PANTHER to Swim Faster!

How to Get a PANTHER to Swim Faster!

This week, we are going to take a quick break from our Toe series and discuss my recent weekend travels! Do not worry—our Toe Series and Shoulder Pain will be back NEXT week for Part II. Definitely stay tuned! Let’s get started… Last Friday, I traveled to San Francisco, California hosting a video analysis clinic with The Bay Club Panthers! Within 3 days, I traveled to 5 different sites–hosting 7 different clinics! It

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Part II: The Mysteries of Our Toes

Part II: The Mysteries of Our Toes

Last week we discussed the connection between the Pinky Toe and Shoulder pain through the Spinal (Fascial) Line. This week, we are going to take this subject a step further and discuss the results from our toe tests, how these toe tests can possibly detect shoulder pain, and lastly, how we can alleviate shoulder pain through myofascial release! Let’s get started… If you read Part I, you tried the two

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My Pinky Toe is Giving Me Shoulder Pain?

My Pinky Toe is Giving Me Shoulder Pain?

Wait what? Yep, you read that title right. I’ve been stoked to write this series, since I brainstormed it out a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how intricate our bodies are AND how unbelievably connected everything is too. In this series, I plan to explain to you how it is POSSIBLE that our pinky toe can be aiding with your shoulder pain. Let’s start out with a test: Stand up tall with your arms

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Part IV: Butterfly Pull—Don’t Sweep Out, Pull Back

Part IV: Butterfly Pull—Don’t Sweep Out, Pull Back

Welcome back, to our last and final segment on the Butterfly stroke. This week, we will discuss the last portion of the stroke—the Butterfly Pull. In this post, we will dissect some of the common errors seen within the pulling pattern, what the proper pulling technique is, and allow YOU to analyze a swimmer’s stroke to further train your coaching eye! In case you missed any parts of this series, here

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Part III: Your Kick is Your Metronome

Part III: Your Kick is Your Metronome

Welcome back to Part III of our VLOG series on the Butterfly stroke. Last week, we discussed why the second kick in Butterfly is the MOST important. This week, we will discuss kick timing in Butterfly, and why your dolphin kick is really your metronome. Also, we will touch on the pulling pattern in Butterfly, along with some common errors seen within the stroke due to incorrect kick timing. If you haven’t read last week’s

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Part II: Focus on Your Second Dolphin Kick

Part II: Focus on Your Second Dolphin Kick

Welcome to Part II of our VLOG series on the Butterfly stroke. Last week, we discussed and analyzed flying forward in the pool and not diving down. This week, we will dive deeper into the Butterfly kick and discuss why constantly kicking in fly is key and WHY your second dolphin kick is more important than the first kick! In case you missed Part I–[CLICK HERE]! If not, let’s get started… Butterfly and Breaststroke are leg-driven strokes.

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Part I: Don’t Dive Down—Fly Forward!

Part I: Don’t Dive Down—Fly Forward!

Welcome to my first ever V.A.Log—aka Video Analysis Blog. With this new series, we are going to dissect different aspects of the Butterfly stroke. For our first part, we are looking specifically at the undulating motion in fly—why this matters, what you can do to get better with undulating, and common mistakes made within the undulating motion (including an analysis of one of my swimmers)! Be sure to stay tuned throughout the

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