Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 2

Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 2

Continued from Part 1… Forming The Kick Conveniently, these two roles for the legs – CBF and 2BK – work together seamlessly. The counter-balanced foot position happens to be the poised position for the feet, ready to initiate the next kick on the...
Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 1

Learning The 2 Beat Kick – Part 1

The Kick Is An Advanced Skill The 2-Beat Kick is an action of the feet that must be coordinated with the timing of rotation and arm-switch in front, otherwise it has limited or even a confusing effect. It only has the desired effect when it is timed with that rotation...
You Must Use Momentum – Part 2

You Must Use Momentum – Part 2

This discussion is continued from Part 1… If body shape, stroke pattern and stroke length were equal between two swimmers, but one swimmer is sending her recovery arm forward with better momentum and directing that into her sleek Skate Position, she would be...
You Must Use Momentum – Part 1

You Must Use Momentum – Part 1

Here is something I explain to my swimmers when we’re building (or re-building) the freestyle stroke for the first time. This is meant to help students on each extreme: those who are too anxious to start moving faster, and those who are too reluctant to add more...

The Effort In Effortless

Recently this questions has come up few times in various forms: How effortless should effortless swimming be? And here is one way I’ve answered that question: The sensation of effortless is relative – when you compare the sensation of swimming once...

2-Beat Kick Steps

Are you one of those swimmers who has been trying to integrate the 2-Beat Kick (2BK) into your stroke lately? Don’t feel bad if you have been struggling. I would say at least half my students find this really complicated in the first few months of practicing TI...