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This Children’s Song Can Help You Swim Faster

A swimmer’s drag profile is the area that faces resistance from the water when the swimmer is trying to move. A larger drag profile means more water pushing against the swimmer, which creates more resistance and decreases speed. Shrinking the d...

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Three Drills to Improve Your Breaststroke Timing

The most difficult aspect of breaststroke to master is the timing. Even the most skilled swimmers in the world struggle with this from time to time. It’s something that many athletes feel they lose over the course of a long season or career. Do...

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Kick Your Kick into Shape

When it’s time for a kick set, many of us grab a kickboard and get kicking—that’s usually my modus operandi anyway. But is kicking with kickboards the safest way for us to get our kicks in? “From a postural perspective, using...

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What Your Pull Buoy Can Teach You

Who doesn’t love a nice, long freestyle pull set? You don’t have to kick, and you can concentrate on your stroke. It’s almost meditative. But you should pay close attention because your pull buoy can teach you a lot about all of you...

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The Right and Wrong Time to Have High Elbows on Freestyle

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...

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Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Breaststroke and Butterfly

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...

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Why You Need a Pair of Fingertip Paddles

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 ...

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Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Freestyle and Backstroke

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?

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How to Fix Three Common Backstroke Mistakes

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.

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Fix Your Weaknesses With These Sets

Here are a few examples of effective discovery sets.