Could You Be Hyperventilating?

Could You Be Hyperventilating?

[Here is an excerpt from my working draft of the forthcoming Better Breathing In Freestyle book. It’s going to be loaded with useful stuff you don’t commonly find in swimming books!] There are two main gases that your exercising body needs to deal with. It...
Add A Little Gallop In Your Stroke?

Add A Little Gallop In Your Stroke?

You’ll see from time to time in elite swimming, especially in the shorter/faster events, that a swimmer may have a ‘gallop’ or ‘lope’ which is a slight up/down motion of their head and upper body during the stroke cycle. This gallop is...
One Stroke Technique For Everyone? Part 1

One Stroke Technique For Everyone? Part 1

Let me give you a short answer to the question in the title of this post: Yes, there is a technical ideal we are aiming for, for every standard-equipped human swimmer. And, yet we recognize that there is so much variety in bodies that some compromise is often...