What you need to know about the recovery phase

Posted Chris Articles, Training

We received a question on our Facebook group the other day asking about what is the best arm position for the recovery phase of your swim stroke. Should you do a straight arm like these 50 m swimmers: https://youtu.be/bf4tc04ZhAA?t=4m37s Or a bent arm high elbow recovery like this: https://youtu.be/nIlHQWPdBec?t=3m45s As seen in these videos, both […]

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Focus on Drills for Progress

Posted Lissa Articles, Uncategorized

Lissa Henderson here.  During my swim practices growing up, there was nothing that I dreaded more than a giant set full of freestyle drills. Well, except maybe an entire workout made up of butterfly sets. Those were the worst. 4000-6000 yards made up of 80% butterfly? No thank you. Those dreaded drill sets just bored me […]

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Training with a tempo trainer is ruining your stroke

Posted admin Articles, Training

Many websites, swim coaches and programs recommend that beginner swimmers train with a tempo trainer (i.e. a “wetranome”) to help them find the ideal stroke rate. This little device goes underneath your swim cap and beeps every time you “should” take a stroke. In theory, this is supposed to help swimmers get their stroke rate/cadence […]

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Distance Per Stroke

Posted Chris Articles

For those who come from a running and cycling background, the common thinking is that the higher the cadence the better. If you are able to move your feet or pedals faster than you speed up. Thus, when you throw yourself into the pool the same principle should also apply right? WRONG! One of the […]

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Kicking for Freestyle: With or Without a Board? – Issue #2

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When kicking for freestyle, it is important to have some kind of kick to help you rotate from side to side as you swim, and to give you a small bit of propulsion. However, 90-95% of your propulsion in swimming will come from your upper body and how much you can rotate to slide through […]

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Stroke Counting in Swimming – Issue #1

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Welcome to the first issue of the Tri Swim Coach newsletter! Every 2 weeks you will receive a new article, stroke tips and other tidbits to help you improve your triathlon swimming. Feel free to reply with any suggestions or questions. Let us know about your successes and failures in the water! Why Count Strokes? […]

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