Racing starts can vary from swimmer to swimmer, but there is one constant: the desire to start the race as fast as possible. Based on biomechanics, we’ve got a take on the backstroke start that you may not have seen before. When executed correctly, this small change helps swimmers begin their race with maximum propulsive force. Swimmers typically [...]
If you’re reading our blog, you’re at least a little interested in swimming biomechanics and our science-based approach to technique. One question we often hear from coaches is, “Where do I start?” It’s a good question: How do you begin to introduce this new approach to your club? We suggest that a great way to begin is with numbers! In [...]
Just for fun, we thought we’d take a look at how the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, compares to a few familiar aquatic animals. You might be surprised at the results!
The competitors beating you in the water aren’t faster because they spend more time in the water. They’re faster because they have better technique. Many triathletes stand to make substantial time drops in their swimming leg by making small changes to their freestyle technique. And here’s the best part—technique changes (even drastic ones!) are best done in SHORT, focused training [...]
Swimming World recently posted its annual listing of swim camps. For any swimmer or parent considering which of the available camps to attend, we have a few suggestions. 4 Things to Look for in a Swim Camp Low swimmer to instructor ratio. If you’re working with one coach and 40 other swimmers, chances are you will receive very limited personal feedback. [...]
Yogi Berra, the NY Yankees legend who died in September at the age of 90, was known as much for his sayings as for his actions on the field. One of my personal favorites is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” And, while all of us have certainly been following that advice our entire lives, [...]
Three Freestyle Elements You Can't Swim (Well) Without Whether you are new to swimming or have been competing for years, you must master three key technique elements if you want to swim freestyle fast. And, while each element may seem simple, you may need a reminder and a swim cue to stay on track. Freestyle is the most popular competitive [...]
Of course swimmers need to breathe while swimming! But breathing correctly can be a challenge for an inexperienced swimmer. On top of that, a bad breathing habit can take real effort to change. My granddaughter, Bailey, who is swimming with NOVA in Richmond, has been working to exhale during her stroke cycle and it hasn’t been easy for her. (Full [...]