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Effortless Swimming Podcast

Effortless Swimming Podcast

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February 17th, 2013Published by:swarve_man1
What You Should Know beforeYou Change Your Technique
Source:http://effortlessswimming.com/swimming-tips/what-you-should-know-before-you-change-your-technique/February 13th, 2013
On the weekend I had to put up some shelving in our house which was a new experience for me. I had never done it beforeso I had to learn it from scratch. To be honest I got pretty frustrated when Igot something’s wrong, I had to re-do somethings and ittook me quite a while to do. In the end the result was worth it, the shelves look good, I got them up and I know I could do it in a third of the time if I did it again.Join Swimprove hereIt is just like learning something new in swimming. Similarly  when you go through some of the drills in the masteringfreestyle program, you might be putting yourself in a differentposition in the water than you are used to. It might befrustrating to feel that it is something different to what you areused to, however in the end when you persist and you get thefeeling for it the results are worth it.Don’t be afraid to learn something new with the swimming, try something new and see what your results are like. That is theonly way to improve your swimming by continuing to test new things and seeing what works for you.That’s it for swimming news this week I’ll see you next week.
When to Use Fins in Swimming
Source:http://effortlessswimming.com/swimming-tips/when-to-use-fins-in-swimming/February 13th, 2013
 When should you wear fins in training? There are a lot of different uses for fins so when is the best time to wear them?There are a few things that we use them for in training thefirst one is drills. It is good to put fins on for drills to get themright so that you are focusing on the drill itself rather than justgetting the kick right and being able to keep yourself afloat.Join Swimprove hereIt is similar in the Mastering Freestyle program how the firstfew drills are quite kick intensive because they are working on body position and getting you comfortable being on your side.I recommend wearing fins for those initial drills because it willhelp you get the drill right. Then when you’re comfortable and your kick has improved take the fins off. We also use fins in training for some speed work. It can be goodto put fins on for a short sharp speed; whether you’re sprinting15m-30m to really get your stroke rate up and you’re going fastso you get used to swimming at your race pace. It is also goodif you are feeling a little bit sluggish in the session, so you canget your speed up if you’re feeling tired. You don’t necessarily need to be feeling good to do those short, sharp sprints. Youcan put fins on and get good results from your fast sprints. We also use fins for some kick sets because it is good forimproving your ankle flexibility and your leg strength becausefins make you work harder. I also like to get my swimmers to wear fins and paddles together. If you have the big paddlesthen it can take the pressure off your shoulders and help youget a good feel for the water and swim at a good pace.Someof the things that weuse fins for in training are;- Drills- Speed work - Kick sets and;- With fins and paddles togetherIf you are wondering what fins to get there are two which Irecommend; the first one is either the Finis or Engine Black Fins (short ones) as they are good for keeping your stroke intime rather than having the big dive fins. There are also the
 
February 17th, 2013Published by:swarve_man2
DMC T2 short fins which are easy on your legs and very goodfor sprinting. A lot of the competitive swimmers these days are wearing these. It just depends on what you’re looking for but I would recommend these two fins; the Finese, theEngine Black ones or theT2 DMC silicone fins.That’s another swimming update forEffortlessSwimming.com, I will see you next week.
How to Stop Pulling AcrossYour Body In Freestyle
Source:http://effortlessswimming.com/freestyle/how-to-stop-pulling-across-your-body-in-freestyle/February 13th, 2013
It is one of the most common mistakes in freestyle where aswimmer pulls across their body and is crossing over theirmidline with their hand and arm. There are two main causesof crossing over the body; the first one is keeping your armstraight in your pull through rather than bending your elbow and having the two levers like we spoke about in last week’snews update. The other reason is that swimmers that crossover their body are rotating too far around with their shoulderand are pushing their shoulder too deep in the water.00:09 – How to Stop Pulling Across Your Body In Freestyle00:21 – Keeping Your Arms Straight In Pull Through00:33 – Rotating Too Far/ Shoulder Too Deep01:32 – Shoulder to Chin Drill: Mastering Freestyle ProgramJoin S wimprove hereLike you can see in this video the reason this swimmer iscrossing over their body is due to them rotating a little bit toofar under the water with their shoulder.In this picture you can see the green lines and see that Samdoesn’t have too much of an angle between the surface of the water and his shoulder. He may have about 30 degrees whichis about right.However in the image with the red lines you can see that would be a swimmer that is rotated to far; that swimmer would be crossing their body when they pull through because theirshoulder is pushing too deep and is on to much of an angle.If you cross over the centre of your body you might want to try rotating less with your shoulders in the water. It is ok to rotateabove the water with your shoulders as much as you need to aslong as you are not throwing your body out of line. If you arerotating your shoulder too far and pushing them too deep it ishard to avoid crossing over your body in freestyle.In the Mastering Freestyle Program one of the drills that wedo is shoulder to chin drills where you are kicking on yourside and bringing your shoulder up close to your chin and then bringing it back down. This is practicing to keep your shouldernice and high in the water and not rotating too far when youare on your side.If you are someone that crosses over your body with your pulla way to avoid it and get a better pull with less resistance isto rotate a little bit less and push your shoulder not quite toodeep in your freestyle.That’s it for swimming news this week; I will see you next week.
The Best Video On Pull I’veEver Seen, Nutrition For Swimmers, Freestyle Catch
Source:http://effortlessswimming.com/news/pull-nutrition-freestyle-catch/February 11th, 2013
USA Swimming’s “Pull” PresentationI posted a link to a presentation in Swimprove which USA swimming did on pulling through and the biomechanics of the pool. I’ve got to say it’s one of the best presentations I’veseen on pool. It covers where you should be pulling throughin each different part of the stroke and what are some of the common angles, some of the common positions of someof the top swimmers when they’re pulling through. So, inSwimprove, I have posted that link and I have to say it’s oneof the best presentations I’ve seen so check that out if you area Swimprove member.00:05 – USA Swimming’s “Pull” Presentation00:32 – Are You Training Too Hard?00:51 – TEAM!01:02 – Freestyle Catch01:15 – Punch & Flow 01:45 – Listen to the Nutrition Podcast Are You Training Too Hard?This week, we covered, “Are You Training Too Hard” in yourslow aerobic sessions. So when you’remeant to be going easy,are you going a little bit too fast in your training sessions to

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