Be Powerful and Be Smooth About It

Be Powerful and Be Smooth About It

I have a saying: “Power is important, but (in water) shape is more important than power.” I use it to persuade a student to be patient with our process of developing the frame of the body and the streamline shape before we focus directly on the propulsive...
How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 2

How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 2

  This is continuing from How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 1… The Primary Form Of Strength At this point in the essay, the main lesson for everyone is that stroke length is the foundation to speed and the better you are at achieving a...
How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 1

How To ‘Lift Weights’ In The Water – Part 1

If you want to swim farther and/or swim faster, you have to be both more skilled, and stronger. Some people focus on just one or the other. But you can develop both of those together if you require both in how you go about your training.  I trust you are already sold...
Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Being Streamlined Is Not Enough

Watching a nicely shaped boat cut across a smooth body of water is a wonderful thing to watch.  Photo by Oleksandr Hrebelnyk on Unsplash Watching a nicely shaped swimmer cut across a smooth body of water is too!  In moving forward most easily in the water, although...
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...
Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

Why Choose A 2-Beat Kick?

A flutter kick – sometimes called a 6-Beat or a 4-Beat kick, when it’s done correctly – is useful for some people in some circumstances, but certainly not for all, and I would like to argue that it may not be best for most. However, it is certainly...
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