Fitter and Faster Swim Tip: Start Reaction Drill with Claire Donahue and Adam Brown

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The start is an essential part of the race, especially for the sprints. 2012 Olympic Champion Claire Donahue and Adam Brown share a reaction drill that will help you get off the blocks faster!

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9 years ago

I heard about this drill first time from Cole Cragin few months ago. This drill and pulling the block up and forward at the start before diving improved our sons reaction time significantly. It is astonishing how many swimmers at the College level (I observed many at the UT Georgia meet last week) still bends their arms and gets too low at the start. All wrong.

Reply to  PsychoDad
9 years ago

I bet Kevin Cordes bends his arms…

Reply to  Ben
9 years ago

That was hilarious.

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