Many are talented kickers, but all fast swimmers work their kick a lot. Dolphin kick not only requires tremendous leg strength, it demands the whole body to move to create maximum propulsion.
World champion backstroker Junya Koga demonstrates a backstroke swim drill, also known as 6 Kick Switch, that will help you appreciate the importance of this extreme rotation from one side to the other.
Michael Phelps uses this technique. The dolphin kick freestyle was also used by Olympic Champion Michael Klim from Australia, in the final meters of his leadoff 100m freestyle on the relay at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Olympic Gold Medalist Roland Schoeman has developed one of the fastest dolphin kicks in the world. The dolphin kick has become so important in the sport of swimming, now being used in all four strokes, that it is commonly referred to as the ‘fifth stroke’.
World Champion Junya Koga shows us both the incorrect and correct feet positioning while Gary Hall Sr. explains why correct feet positioning matters in the start, launch and entry.
There are two options for the track start using the back footplate, weight forward or weight backward.
In swimming, where water is 800 times denser than air so every detail counts.
In this intense 20 minute Vinyasa flow yoga practice, we focus on stretching these regions of the legs that tend to be tight in swimmers. (Featured image: Rebecca Soni)
Being a swim parent is not easy. If it were, we would likely have 2 million registered USA Swimming members, rather than 400,000.
Rebecca used Yoga during her career as an elite athlete eventually replacing her weight lifting program entirely with yoga.
Gary Hall Sr.: “Most swimmers swim freestyle or backstroke with their heads positioned too high, looking forward slightly as they swim through the water, or in the case of backstroke, with the head perched up.”
About 80% of the propulsion in Breaststroke comes from the legs. Knowing that more than any other stroke, breaststroke relies on the power of the kick for propulsion, Rebecca Soni has reinvented the breaststroke technique.
Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr., 10-time World Record Holder, 3-time Olympian, 1976 Olympic Games US Flagbearer and The Race Club co-founder.
Getting off to a good start is one of the most important parts of the swimming race. The shorter the race, the more important the start becomes.
Here is a Thanksgiving-day workout that both sprinters and distance swimmers can do, and hopefully, will like, even though it is a tough one. We call it the Race Club Turkey Circuit.