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Kenji
March 2nd, 2011, 07:30 PM
I'm wanting to make slight changes to my freestyle technique/form to work on good mechanics and see if I become more efficient during workouts.

Using Google to find visuals for form and technique is overwhelming.

I figured USMS forums would be a good place to ask cause this place is a treasure chest of info.

Any must-see tutorials?

So you know my level: I'm 50, swim 5 days a week, have for about a year now, for fitness, here in Chicago at a 25 yard pool. I generally use a total time and not yardage as my goal for a day. I swim 25-60 minutes per workout. My 50 free time can vary from 42 to 55 depending on how I exert myself. I'm just these past weeks putting flips into my routine to add exertion.

Thanks!

TriBob
March 2nd, 2011, 08:06 PM
Two good video sites:

http://swimsmooth.com/

http://www.goswim.tv/

Swimosaur
March 2nd, 2011, 08:55 PM
Any must-see tutorials?

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Kenji
March 2nd, 2011, 09:19 PM
She seems to keep her hand propulsion far away from the center of her body and seems to be inline or outside of her shoulders.

Very different than me.

Swimosaur
March 2nd, 2011, 09:58 PM
She seems to keep her hand propulsion far away from the center of her body and seems to be inline or outside of her shoulders.

I agree.

This drill helped me a lot. Watch KPN from 0:13 to 0:20 transition from the drill stroke to full freestyle, then compare to her stroke above.

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sbegonia
March 3rd, 2011, 10:36 PM
Wow. Amazing, beautiful stroke & turns. Looks effortless. That's what I try to do but I'm sure I look nothing like her. Her glide is much more straight than Mr Smooth & her catch is incredibly clean. That's what I'll strive for. Thanks for posting.

__steve__
March 4th, 2011, 10:42 AM
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She just cruises at my sprinting pace - like 30s 50's. Her hand propulsion is probably right where it should be, shoulder width. This is maintained with proper balance and rotation.

Swimosaur
March 4th, 2011, 11:30 AM
She just cruises at my sprinting pace - like 30s 50's. Her hand propulsion is probably right where it should be, shoulder width. This is maintained with proper balance and rotation.

A nice swim:



2009 YMCA Masters National Championship
Women 45-49 1000 Yard Freestyle
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Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
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1 Pipes-Neilsen, Karlyn 47 SDSM 10:34.17 10:32.91 9.00
28.72 1:00.12(31.40) 1:31.89(31.77) 2:04.10(32.21)
2:36.24(32.14) 3:08.41(32.17) 3:40.72(32.31) 4:13.04(32.32)
4:45.09(32.05) 5:17.36(32.27) 5:49.64(32.28) 6:21.50(31.86)
6:53.38(31.88) 7:25.63(32.25) 7:57.57(31.94) 8:29.40(31.83)
9:01.12(31.72) 9:32.53(31.41) 10:03.40(30.87) 10:32.91(29.51)


I had the pleasure of participating in a KPN Faster Freestyle Clinic (http://www.aquaticedge.org/clinics.htm) on Feb. 15th in Chattanooga, TN. It is my belief, based on times done since then in workouts, that the style she taught is -- clearly and easily -- faster than what I was doing before.

To know for sure whether or not it is faster, I'm going to enter some freestyle events over the next couple of months, March through June. I have stable baseline times for the 50, 200 and 500. Using the old style, they have been stable, over very narrow ranges, for over a year. If I can beat them, then I'll have to conclude that the new style is faster. (Of course, that assumes I'm doing it right.)