Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

Can You Trick Yourself Into A Longer Stroke?

When you are working on improving your stroke length (stroke count) or stroke rate (tempo) there are neural tricks you can perform to get your body to make a fairly quick improvement in a single practice. But, in many cases, those improvements hold up for only a few...
The Back Story Of The Stroke Count Charts

The Back Story Of The Stroke Count Charts

To clarify, let me add on this story of how these Optimal Stroke Count charts came about… First a note: this is not intended to be an precisely chronological story. It is simply a recollection of the main events that shaped the formation of these charts, weaving...
When Choosing Your Optimal Stroke Count

When Choosing Your Optimal Stroke Count

Do you know what your optimal stroke count is or should be? You may have seen similar ‘Green Zone’ charts used or posted in various places in TI discussions (and you can see them here on our blog and you might enjoy reading The Back Story Of The Stroke...
Optimal Stroke Count Charts

Optimal Stroke Count Charts

These charts will help you estimate your optimal Stroke Count, or in technical terms, your Strokes-Per-Length (SPL) range. These charts are just to help you aim in the right direction. There are many factors you should consider when fine tuning which range of stroke...
Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can You Increase Speed Without Increasing Power?

Can you increase speed without increasing power?  Yes, and no.  Or rather, it depends.  To explain why the answer could be yes and it could be no, let’s look at the speed equation: Stroke Length x Stroke Rate = Speed (Velocity) In terms of training in the pool,...
How To Make Your Stroke Longer

How To Make Your Stroke Longer

The universal speed equation is… Speed = Stroke Length x Stroke Rate If you want to go faster in the water you need to make stroke length (SL) longer without losing more than a calculated amount of stroke rate, or you need to make stroke rate (SR) higher without...