SwimmersBest Drill of the Month: Using Fins as Resistance, Then as Propulsion

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.

December’s SwimmersBest Drill of the Month comes to us from Herbie Behm, an assistant coach at Arizona State University. Behm returned to ASU in 2018 after competing as a swimmer for the Sun Devils from 2010-2013. While a Sun Devil student-athlete, Behm was honored as a 3-time scholar athlete, and was a member of a school record-setting 400 medley relay. Behm has served on coaching staffs for both the USA and Puerto Rican National Teams, including coaching at the Pan American Games. He also served as a sprint coach at Utah for several seasons, before returning to Tempe.

Coach Behm says that the drill helps athletes feel the impact of drag in their kick.

In his words:

“The goal is to keep your bodyline as perfect as possible through the whole drill. We did 6 strokes with your ankles flexed, trying to create as much resistance as possible with your feet directly into 6 strokes with their normal kick all at 50 tempo. The drill reveals to the swimmer how much resistance their feet can create if used incorrectly.” Simply put, this drill is meant to highlight the importance of holding a line and using correct foot position while kicking.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE VIDEO TO WORK ON YOUR LINE AND CORRECT KICKING:

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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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