Michael Chadwick, Lia Neal, David Marsh, & More Workshop Kendyl Stewart’s Start

SwimSwam wants to give you an inside look at what a normal day-in-the-life looks like for any given swimmer, and how that differs from team to team or city to city. We send our head of production, Coleman Hodges, to be a fly on the wall at practice, then relay what he discovered back to you over pancakes. Or at least breakfast.

While this doesn’t necessarily follow the same exact format as a traditional P+P, I think we can all agree it’s just as cool. I have read several comments wanting to hear what people are actually saying during practice, and I don’t blame them at all. That’s the whole reason SwimSwam does this. And boy, do we have some good banter for you today.

During my filming with Team Elite right before their Worlds crew left for Asia, Kendyl Stewart was working on her start… let me rephrase that. Majority of Team Elite was working on Kendyl Stewart‘s start. While she was trying to fine tune her takeoff, Stewart ended up getting advice from many of her coaches and teammates. The result was essentially an entire start workshop, breaking down the mechanics and specifics of what you want for optimal power and speed when leaving the blocks. I’d say “the main takeaway from this start clinic is *blabbity blabbity*”, but to be honest there are so many that you can just take what you like.

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running start to touch backstroke flags

This lifeguard……reminds me of the lifeguard watching the finals of the Beijing Olympics with Phelps swimming. A drowning Team Eliter could out swim a fully rested chair master..

Ol' Longhorn

Now that’s an A+ taper. Everyone standing around critiquing one person’s start.


Based off Chadwick’s 50 free on insta I would only take start advice from him if I was a distance swimmer(joke)

JP input is too short

Already had this discussion when that video got an article here 😛

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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