MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman: Butterfly Drill, 2-2 and 2


MP Swim Tips by Bob Bowman – Episode One

Bob Bowman, head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils Swimming and Diving Team, explains a butterfly drill he loves to use, 2-2 and 2.  Demonstrated by the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Phelps, this drill is fantastic for training butterfly, the most exhaustive of the disciplines.

2-2 and 2

Two right arm strokes, two left arm strokes, and two full strokes.

Bob Tips for 2-2 and 2

Strive to breathe on the forward strokes only.  Bob doesn’t like for swimmers to breathe forward on single arm strokes because they raise their head up, forcing their hips to drop putting the athlete into an unnatural body position in the water. If you do breathe on the single arm stroke, breathe to the side to maintain a better body position.

What Bob Likes About 2-2 and 2

It enables swimmers to train more butterfly and it helps them work on the rhythm of their stroke.

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Launched in the spring of 2015, MP designed by Aqua Sphere is a shared vision to develop innovative products that are inclusive and accessible to a broader range of swimmers across the full swimming lifecycle. Combining Aqua Sphere’s global product design expertise and distribution with Michael Phelps’ and Bob Bowman’s experiences at the highest levels of swim performance, the MP brand features technical swim products leveraging proprietary technologies and performance enhancing designs.

About Aqua Sphere

Established in Genoa, Italy, in 1998, Aqua Sphere is the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons. With the launch of its cutting-edge Seal Mask—the world’s first swim mask, the company set the industry standard and today continues to innovate with a complete range of premium products, including eye protection, swimwear, triathlon wetsuits, footwear, and swim fitness and training accessories. The designs have gained the respect and loyal following of many celebrities and notable athletes, including the world’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, with whom Aqua Sphere is partnering to develop a global brand partnership. Alongside its parent company Aqua Lung and supported by an international distribution network, Aqua Sphere has grown into a worldwide enterprise representing unparalleled design, development and manufacturing expertise, with a global footprint in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit or

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Swim Training is courtesy of MP and Aqua Sphere, SwimSwam partners.

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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