[Freestyle Recovery]–Reducing your Stroke Rate can INCREASE your Heart Rate??

[Freestyle Recovery]–Reducing your Stroke Rate can INCREASE your Heart Rate??

First off, I look at Freestyle Recovery as dependent on Race Distance. Basically, it’s an inverse relationship. For example, the longer the race distance—the smaller Freestyle recovery level needed. Basically, I define the Freestyle recovery through 3 DIFFERENT levels. There are long distance races, middle distance, and sprints–each with their own correlating recovery levels. 1.) Straight Arm Recovery Mostly seen in sprinters, and allows the stroke rate to get REALLY HIGH due to arm spending less

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Part III: Open Turns: The SECRET to a PERFECT Push & Glide

Part III: Open Turns: The SECRET to a PERFECT Push & Glide

Welcome to our third segment on Open Turns. This week, we will be discussing the SECRET to a PERFECT Push and Glide off your walls– after completing either The Crunch or The Spin turn. If you’re not sure which turn you should be utilizing, [CLICK HERE] to learn more about the pros and cons of each of these Open Turn styles! Otherwise, let’s get started. As we talked about last week, a swimmer will complete an

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Part II: 2 WAYS to Smokin’ Fast Open Turns

Part II: 2 WAYS to Smokin’ Fast Open Turns

Two weeks ago, we discussed the 3 steps swimmers must do to setup for PERFECT open turns. This week, we are diving deeper into what happens after swimmers have completed those 3 steps and both of their hands have touched the wall. In case you haven’t read Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE]. Otherwise, let’s get started! In reality, there is only two styles of an open turn. The two styles are

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How to SETUP for a PERFECT Open Turn

How to SETUP for a PERFECT Open Turn

Perfecting your open turns is a definite must for all swimmers. Whether you’re at the developmental level, an IMer, and/or performing kick sets with a board at practice—knowing how to get your body into an optimum position, after finishing with a hand touch is crucial to fast swimming. In our next series, we will breaking down Open Turns very similar to our Flipturn Series to help you improve your Open Turns! Let’s

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Part II: Don’t SnowPlow Against the Water—Get Your Midsection Up!

Part II: Don’t SnowPlow Against the Water—Get Your Midsection Up!

Welcome back to Part II of our blog series on Proper Body Alignment. This week, we will be discussing how to NOT SnowPlow against the water, but rise above it.  In case you haven’t read Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE] to catch up. Let’s get started! As we discussed in Part I of this series, the stronger and more muscular you are—the harder it is to float. With this as swimmers,

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Proper Body Alignment Leads to FASTER Swimming!

Proper Body Alignment Leads to FASTER Swimming!

Proper Body Alignment leads to FASTER swimming—but how exactly do you do it? In our next blog series, we will be discussing the KEYS to Proper Body Alignment to help YOU swim FASTER! Let’s get started… Humans are nothing like fish. We cannot breathe underwater, and our bodies resemble more of a brick in the water–than anything aquatic related. With this, there isn’t too many things we can do to anatomically change our body shape. We are

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Part II: 7 Steps to Improve YOUR Swimming Streamline!

Part II: 7 Steps to Improve YOUR Swimming Streamline!

Welcome back! A few weeks ago, we discussed the TWO different Streamline styles. This week, we are going to discuss what 7 STEPS you perform to IMPROVE your Swimming Streamline! If you haven’t read Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE]. Otherwise, let’s get started! The streamline is the most hydrodynamic position swimmers can be in, that’s why it’s VITAL your streamlines are executed correctly–100% of the time. Here’s a checklist to understand whether your streamline is on-point or

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Swimming Streamline Secrets!

Swimming Streamline Secrets!

Welcome back! In our newest series, we will be discussing the streamline and all tips/tricks to help you improve yours today! In case you missed any of our previous series on Open Turns, [CLICK HERE] to read through Part’s I-III. Otherwise, let’s get started! Streamlines are VERY important to swimming, as EVERY single swimmer needs to be proficient at it. This is because streamlines are universal and are required in ALL races–no matter the distances the swimmers swim,

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Part III: “Rotate or Rotate Not. There is NO right way”–Yoda on Freestyle Rotation

Part III: “Rotate or Rotate Not. There is NO right way”–Yoda on Freestyle Rotation

Welcome back to our last and final segment on Freestyle Rotation. As we discussed in Part’s I and II– there is definitely pros and cons to both rotating and not rotating during the Freestyle stroke. Our goal today is to give YOU the answer(s) on what to do with your Freestyle stroke. In case you missed Part I or Part II of this series, here are the links to access them: Part

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Part II: Wait, Coach—Should I Rotate?

Part II: Wait, Coach—Should I Rotate?

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Freestyle rotation. Last week, we discussed the benefits of rotating during the Freestyle stroke. This week, we plan to dive into more of the benefits if a swimmer rotates less during Freestyle. In case you missed Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE] to read. Otherwise, let’s get started… With every stroke in swimming, there is a fine line between tempo and distance per stroke. I mean

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