How to Master the Top Half of Butterfly
The undulating motion of butterfly can provide a swimming experience of sublime beauty and pleasure. But the stroke’s above-water, double-arm recovery introduces opportunities for fatigue that can quickly turn that pleasure into pain.
Get Your Feel for the Water and Stop Slipping
How can you tell if you’re slipping? Slow down and pay attention.
How to Master the Bottom Half of Butterfly
Butterfly with a great kick evokes the image of a powerful aquatic beast lunging through the surf, powering forward with undulating grace and awe-inspiring beauty. Yet many of us swim butterfly looking less like Flipper and more like hobbled jellyfis...
Reboot of Some Classic Drills
The following will be a sort of mental guide to help you focus on what’s important should you try some of these modern versions of the classics.
Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Using Fins on Kick Sets
Although some people look at fins as cheating, the reality is quite the opposite.
Hand Paddle Drill
Want to feel the difference? Kenny Brisbin, coach of the Long Beach Grunions offers tips and drills to improve your feel for the water while leveraging your paddle time.
For Your Multisport Athletes
You can spot them in your parking lot: those cars with the bike racks on top, sometimes with the bikes still in them. Along with the racks come the M-dot or oval stickers announcing the completion of something big. So big, it requires a decimal to fu...
Keep Your Kick Going!
Some people have great kicks, but when you take away the kick board and ask them to swim, their kick disappears faster than a fair weather swimmer on a cold day. So how do we get the lower half of the body to work with the upper half? Swimmers in my ...
Kick Got You Down?
Recently, a coach told me about watching his novice swimmers flutter kick. Despite a lot of effort, they weren’t going anywhere. The coach had tried wall kicks and a few other techniques to improve propulsion, but the swimmers’ skills wer...
Alternative Kicking Drills
We seem to spend a lot of time on kickboards. That’s fine for many (and great for social sets), but kicking with a board can be uncomfortable, especially in the lower back. Besides the discomfort, ask yourself “When am I in that position ...