How to Swim a Faster Backstroke, by Understanding Freestyle:

How to Swim a Faster Backstroke, by Understanding Freestyle:

Backstroke can be a challenging stroke, even for those swimmers who have already mastered freestyle. The backstroke stroke is often misleading to a Pro-freestyler due to the fact it’s VERY fundamentally similar to freestyle. Just because you’ve conquered freestyle, doesn’t mean your backstroke will come easy. In our next series, I plan to explain THREE ways these two strokes are fundamentally similar, the one MAJOR difference between these two strokes, and lastly, swim a faster backstroke,

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Part III: Start Breakdown: A “Butterfly” Versus a “Sling-Shot” Start

Part III: Start Breakdown: A “Butterfly” Versus a “Sling-Shot” Start

Welcome back to Part III of our starts series! Two weeks ago, we discussed what the BEST possible “take your mark” position a swimmer could get in. This week, we are going to dive deeper into the differences between a “butterfly” and a “sling-shot” start—that way you can decide which starting technique (in relation to the arm swing) is best for YOU! If you missed Part II of this series, [CLICK HERE] or Part I, [CLICK

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Part II: How to Properly Setup for a Track Start

Part II: How to Properly Setup for a Track Start

Welcome back to Part II of our starts series! Last week, we discussed how using your arms while performing a track start generates the MOST propulsion of any starting technique out there. This week, we are going to dive deeper into what proper block setup looks like for a track start. We will be breaking down the “take your mark” position into 3 components: leg setup, arm setup, and neutral spine alignment. The goal

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Engage Your Arms On Your Starts!

Engage Your Arms On Your Starts!

Welcome back to our new technique series on starts! First off, I would like to apologize for my lack of posts recently. My house was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, so I was offline dealing with that and moving myself into a new place. Overall, the rebuilding process has been moving along fairly quickly–but this whole disaster is something I would never want anyone to experience again! So, thank you for being patient

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Part III: Freestyle Flipturns–A Consistent Push-Off Leads to a FASTER Breakout!

Part III: Freestyle Flipturns–A Consistent Push-Off Leads to a FASTER Breakout!

Welcome back to our last and final segment on Freestyle Flipturns! I know we took a 2-week hiatus, so if you can’t quite remember what Part II was about–[CLICK HERE] for a refresher! In Part’s I and II, we discussed the approach into the wall and the turn at the wall. This leaves only one major portion of the flipturn left—the breakout. Today, our goal for this post is to help

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Part I: Freestyle Flipturn–A Focused Approach makes for a Fast Flipturn

Part I: Freestyle Flipturn–A Focused Approach makes for a Fast Flipturn

Welcome back to our NEW series on Freestyle Flipturns! In our new 3-part series, we will be breaking down the Freestyle Flipturn into 3 main segments: the approach, the flip, and the push-off. Each post will build on top of the last to help your swimmer’s improve their Freestyle Flipturns! Let’s get started… If you think about a 500-yard freestyle, a swimmer must complete 19turns. During those 19 turns, it takes an elite

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28 Degrees and We’re Swimming!

28 Degrees and We’re Swimming!

Last week, Stroke Technique Coach, Abbie Fish traveled out to Coos Bay Oregon to work with Head Coach, Sandra Bullock and the Southwestern Oregon’s Swim Team. This was Abbie’s first on-site clinic with the SWOCC swim team, where she ran through 4 x 2-hour stroke technique sessions. Hitting every single stroke, starts, and turns—Abbie brought another set of eyes to the team and a different approach to the sport. Here’s a few snapshots

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Freestyle Analysis: Olympic Hopeful–Logan Storie

Freestyle Analysis: Olympic Hopeful–Logan Storie

Ever wondered what kind of advice Coach Abbie would have for an Ex-Division I Swimmer (University of Florida Graduate), Olympic Trials Qualifier, and current WR Holder? Check out Abbie’s [Freestyle Analysis] of Olympic Hopeful, Logan Storie’s Freestyle below–for FREE! In this stroke analysis, Coach Abbie breaks down National Team Pentathlete, Logan Storie’s Freestyle. Within this video, Abbie dissects 2 technical aspects of Logan’s Freestyle stroke that he does really well. Then, Abbie finishes the video with 2 technical

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Part II: Freestyle Recovery–4 Touch Drill

Part II: Freestyle Recovery–4 Touch Drill

Welcome back to the second part of our series on the High Elbow Recovery! This week, we will be discussing a drill that helps you achieve a “High Elbow Recovery”, along with improving the 3 technical aspects needed for a “High Elbow Recovery”. Not sure what those technical aspects are, check out last week’s post HERE! Let’s get started! As far as the High Elbow Recovery is concerned, swimmers must achieve a positive angle within

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