One can look at the freestyle kick as being similar to the turbocharged engine. In the 50 meter sprint, every swimmer needs to push the accelerator to the floor, maximizing the power of the kick all of the way.
With the introduction of the back footplate on the swim starting blocks in 2008, the dynamics of the technique of starting changed.
There is more to a strong kick than flexibility. For the down kick, the quadriceps, hip flexors and core muscles have to be incredibly strong in order to create a quick snap of the foot backwards…
Have you ever noticed that leaner men or women often swim faster than bigger, stronger men or women?
Dolphin Kick, the 5th Stroke, matters. Learn how to dolphin kick faster…on your back.
The maximum propulsion occurs at the beginning of the down kick with a flick of the foot toward plantar flexion of the ankle. The more plantar flexion of the ankle, the more foot surface area is available to push backward in the water, creating propulsion.
Breaststroke is the most challenging, inefficient and slowest of the four strokes. It is also the key to a successful IM.
What most coaches don’t realize is that each stroke has an underwater phase…or at least it should.
Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.
Gary Hall Sr: “There are three different facets of dry land training, all of which are important; strength training, stretching and fitness. I am not aware of any elite swimmer that does not incorporate a dry land program into his or her training.”
The definition of inertia is the following: a body in motion wants to remain in motion, while a body at rest wants to remain at rest.
Rebecca Soni: “Dolphin Kick Breaststroke drill is one of my favorites. For me, the biggest benefit of this drill is being able to work on the timing of the stroke. The timing is the most important variable in this stroke.
Watch world champion Junya Koga performing the body rotation backstroke swimming drill, you will see how powerful the body rotation can be when coupled with the kick or the pull.
A bad breakout can easily transform a good turn into a….not-so-good one. There are several important elements to performing a great freestyle breakout.