SwimmersBest Drill of the Month: Posture Check

SwimSwam thanks SwimmersBest for sponsoring “Drill of the Month.”  This is a SwimSwam recurring feature that brings drills and idea submissions from various creative and innovative coaches all over the world.

March’s SwimmersBest Drill of the Month comes to us from Zach Mertens, a third-year assistant coach at Drury University.

Mertens graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2014 with a degree in History and Political Science and was an Academic All-NSISC Team 2013 and 2014. He previously served as head coach for the Columbia Public Schools swimming & diving programs, serving Hickman, Rock Bridge, and Battle High Schools. Under his leadership, Columbia teams produced three state champions and eight that finished in the top four at the state championships.

While hunkered down at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mertens suggests that swimmers work on their posture. In the video below, he describes how to actively correct posture, whether sitting down or standing.

Follow along with the video to work on your posture at home:


SwimmersBest is leading the way for the future of swim training equipment.  The company offers a broad range of solutions for improving stroke technique, kick technique, and breathing technique.   They provide swimmers, coaches, and teams with the tools they need to balance technique training with conditioning training.  By combining the best drills with the best tools, the SwimmersBest products give swimmers instant tactile feedback so they can adjust their technique efficiently.   The old way of having coaches constantly remind swimmers of their individual problems has proven to offer very little improvement in technique.  All SwimmersBest products are designed to constantly ‘talk to the swimmers’ so they can feel the problems and make corrections.   This unique approach means the swimmers are given negative feedback for incorrect stroke technique, which compels the swimmers to quickly correct the problem on their own. With a constant flow of new innovative product designs, SwimmersBest is a company that will continue to deliver solutions you need.

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About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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