The term “high elbow” has been used over and over again by coaches, but they’ve sometimes focused on the wrong time swimmers should have high elbows. I’ve been guilty of this. It’s time to move beyond this concept. Let&r...
The double-arm recoveries of breaststroke and butterfly produce built-in gaps in arm propulsion, and the breaststroke kick features a nonpropulsive recovery phase. Our challenge is to ensure that no additional dead spots sneak into these st...
Many swimmers, especially the seasoned ones, have been taught that the best way to get better at swimming is to just swim. Although that’s essentially true, I think we can all agree that swimming is one of the most complex sports on the planet ...
It’s easy to assume that the propulsive part of your stroke extends from the catch to the beginning of the recovery. Your arms are getting tired, after all, so you must be applying force throughout the entire pull, right?
Whether you’re a serious backstroker or just use the stroke to recover from the butterfly leg of the individual medley, you should understand that several movements must come together at once to make your backstroke work efficiently.
Here are a few examples of effective discovery sets.
The following will be a sort of mental guide to help you focus on what’s important should you try some of these modern versions of the classics.
For many swimmers, butterfly is the hardest stroke to perform, as it requires more muscles firing at any one time. This means swimmers must be very strong in multiple areas of their body to perform an efficient and smooth butterfly.
Although some people look at fins as cheating, the reality is quite the opposite.
How can you tell if you’re slipping? Slow down and pay attention.