Strength and Conditioning Share Historically competitive swimmers have trained to improve swim performance by swimming frequently, for long durations at various intensities. Recently elite swimmers have looked outside the pool for training methods which may offer additional benefits to performance beyond those which can be gained from swimming alone. One such training method is strength training. Swimming Strength The aim of competitive swimming is to cover a set distance within the constraints of a given stroke faster than competitors.
A systematic approach to enhancing your swim technique. Swimming improvements, however, are often just a few technique sessions away. The change needs to occur in your mind before it transfers to the water.
As a coach and lifelong student of swimming and triathlon, I know that a more efficient swim does make an impact on your bike and ultimately your run, so I use the following approach when working with triathletes to make gains in the water.
It all starts here. Before you start thinking about all the other aspects of the swim, you must have proper body alignment in the water. Learning to swim faster starts in a pool and you will become a better swimmer by starting to learn how to get your body balanced properly in the water.
Cues to look for: Head, hip, and feet positioning. Are they in alignment? Is the body long? Through a series of drills designed to promote proper body alignment. If the hand does not enter the water properly then your chances of getting a good purchase of the water up front is significantly diminished.
Are the fingertips entering the water before the wrist and elbow? Are the hands entering the water directly above the shoulder without crossover on both sides? After the hand enters the water, where do they set up for the catch? Does the hand stay below the elbow at all times? Are the elbow, forearm, wrist, and fingertip in alignment?
Most triathletes hand entry remains too close to the surface of the water and does not allow for a proper catch of the water. Often I see athletes "scoop" their fingertips up to the water surface, essentially putting on the brakes.
The hand entry should set up in line with the shoulder approximately four to six inches below the surface of the water. By recording and breaking down video of the athlete, along with on land demonstrations and drills.
Pause DrillTap Drill 3. After body positioning and hand entry is fixed, the next focus area is the timing of the pull.
When does the lead hand start pulling in relation to the recovery arm?
This is one of the biggest mistakes I see with novice swimmers. This puts the body out of alignment causing unnecessary drag. Pause Drill, Tap drill. The Catch and Stroke: The next step becomes the purchase or catch of the water and the stroke.
The goal is to grab hold of the water and pull the water back behind you not push down- this causes excess bubbles.
This is accomplished with the hand and forearm. Many people talk about early vertical forearm but few actually know what it means or how to achieve this.Swim Smooth believe that every session you do should have a balance of 3 elements - technique work, fitness training and open water skills development.
So important are these three elements that we call them "The 3 Keys". Remember the aim of strength training is not to replicate what is done in the pool but to develop a stronger swimmer who can then use their new strength when swimming. 3 of the more effective exercise for overloading the propulsive swimming muscles are the chin up, bench press and back squat.
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The opposite of # TRAINING. DON’T 1. Train at one speed only. 2. Swim straight workouts. 3. Swim in open water ONLY. 4. Swim long, non-stop open water sessions ONLY.
5. Have your main swim set(s) less than 50% of your workout time. 6. Not vary your workout composition. 7.