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Why The Power of the Surge Matters in Swimming

What most coaches don’t realize is that each stroke has an underwater phase…or at least it should.

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Why Yoga Takes Swimming to the Next Level

Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.

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Develop Explosive Power and Flexibility – Dry Land Training

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.”

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In Swimming Inertia Is Everything

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.

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Dolphin Kick Breaststroke Drill with Rebecca Soni – Video

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.

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Step Up Your Backstroke Rotation (Video)

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.

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Freestyle Flip Turn: Why The Breakout Matters

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.

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Should You Have A Late Breath In Butterfly

With the late breath the head is kept in the tucked down position as long as possible, rather than lifting it early and holding it up longer.

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10 Ways to Reduce Frontal Drag in Swimming

With water being some 800 times denser than air, the frontal drag forces that slow swimmers down come into play at much slower speeds than all other sports on land.

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Sun Yang and Emperor Penguins Teach Us Lessons

“I watched Sun Yang on Youtube”, he continued, “and couldn’t help but notice that he blows air out through his nose after each breath and a lot of that air ends up under his body. Do you think that makes him faster”?

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Why Head Position In Backstroke Matters, Plus Two Drills For Head Position

Learn more about head position in backstroke by watching the Race Club swimisode featuring World Champion backstroker, Junya Koga.

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Why You Should Push Rather Than Pull The Water in Backstroke

One of the most common mistakes I see in backstroke is with the pulling motion. Most backstrokers pull with an arm that is relatively straight, as if the arm were an oar pulling through the water.

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Try the Freestyle Kick Butterfly Drill – Video Feature

Freestyle kick butterfly is not easy to do, but if done properly with a consistent kick and with fins, a swimmer can feel the surge forward as he or she throws the head down and swings the arms forward after each breath.

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The Art of Swipping: Swimming and Slipping

Dr. Gary Hall Sr: “Swipping is a conjoining of the words Swimming and Slipping. Swipping is a new word I invented to describe swimming with the least amount of frontal drag possible.”

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How to Position Your Feet for Swimming Starts – Video Feature

In this Race Club #swimisode, Coach Gary Hall teaches the proper distance one should maintain between feet both side to side and back to front on the modern swimming starting block.

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