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
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
Fun and easy are two adjectives that are used synonymously in our culture. Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it won’t be fun or vice versa. In last week’s blog post, we discussed how to increase our plantar flexion (and it most likely wasn’t “fun”). If you need to catch up on Part I, CLICK HERE. If you read Part I and spent last week rolling out the muscles next to your shins—I want to hear from
Every Freestyler has heard the words, “Point your toes when you kick!” But, why? In our next series, we investigate what muscles are required to have a powerful flutter kick, how much ankle flexibility a swimmer needs, and how much a running background affects a swimmer’s ability to efficiently kick? So let’s get back to the business. When a swimmer is kicking Freestyle—they should point their toes. And I don’t mean point their toes
Welcome to Part III, our last and final segment of our Freestyle breathing series. If you have read Part’s I and II, you should now have an understanding of the physiology behind the ideal breathing strategy (when to inhale/exhale) and a plan on when to breath during your Freestyle races (depending on their distance). If you missed Part’s I or II, click the links below to access them:Part I—[CLICK HERE]Part
Welcome to Part II of our breathing series! If you read Part I, you already know the proper timing of inhaling and exhaling while swimming Freestyle and also, why that breathing strategy is important. This week we dive a little deeper into the physiology of why breathing consistently in Freestyle helps us maintain speed and avoid fatigue. And also, when we “hit a wall” and what we should do about
Breathing is an essential part of life. Functionally as humans, we cannot live past 6 minutes without a breath of oxygen. After 3 minutes, serious brain damage occurs. Did you know the average human takes 16 breaths per minute, which equates to 23,040 breaths per day? And about 95% of those breaths are involuntary? With the increased reports of shallow water black outs and drowning, hypoxic training is being veered away from.
Welcome back! Thank you for being patient during our week off from our Dolphin Kick series. Last week, instead of releasing a blog on Swim Like A. Fish, SwimOutlet posted an article I wrote called “How to Surf on Your Bow Wave” to their blog! This post is still jammed pack full of information! If you haven’t had a chance to read it– [CLICK HERE]. I promise you won’t regret it . Let’s get
Welcome back! Last week we discussed the “Fine Line” between Distance Per Stroke and Stroke Rate. If you read last week’s blog post, you now know there is no “right” way to swim. The ideal balance between these two technical aspects is to maximize your DPS, while maintaining a high SR. Not sure what I’m talking about, [CLICK HERE] to access last week’s blog post. This week we plan to dive deeper
For our next technique series, I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of talking about one specific piece of the pie, let’s look at the pie as a whole. Most swimmers as they progress with the sport start gaining an understanding of their distance per stroke (DPS) and Stroke Rate (SR). Manipulating these two numbers can have a significant impact on a swimmer’s race and their stroke “efficiency”.