Swimming Tech Learning

October 15, 2011

Swimming Tech Learning Points to Remember:

Think of a Time Trial Cyclist or Fighter Jet, and then remember that water is 1,000 times denser than air!
Press Buoy (push chest downward in the water)
Rotate Hips*
Swim Tall and Long (stretch, reach)
By reaching and gliding, you’ll “slip” through the water more efficiently/effectively
Be a Front Quadrant Swimmer (FQS**)
Check stroke count per 25 yards/meters
Check stroke count again after incorporating techniques above

* Rotating the hips facilitates proper positioning in order to achieve longer reach and glide strokes through the water.
** With FQS, the one hand continues to reach and glide, and doesn’t begin to stroke (down and back) until the other hand is almost back to the front (or almost completed with the recovery phase).

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Stress?

October 1, 2011

Stress got you, tight in the chest….? Coach’s Deep Breathing/Breath Control Technique to help you relax. Start by taking full diaphragmatic (chest and belly) breaths that force the chest and stomach to rise. Take in air for a count of at least 3-5 one-thousand, hold for a count of five one-thousand, and then slowly (through pursed lips) exhale – which should also extend to a count of about five one-thousand (or more). Do this for 5-10 breath cycles to help you relax the body. When you go deep into breathing, your shoulders should rise!

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