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Lui
March 21st, 2012, 02:15 PM
What stroke rate do you have in a 50 meter pool swimming the 50?
What would be a good stroke rate?

sickfish
March 21st, 2012, 04:29 PM
I'm not sure what other people consider "good", and I'm sure your height and stuff like arm length will have something to do with it. I'm 6' with a 6' armspan (square!) and I do 32-34 strokes per length at a warm-up pace, and more, probably 40 or so when I try to go fast. But I lose efficiency as I go faster. Apparently some people don't:

http://www.feelforthewater.com/2012/01/is-this-worlds-smoothest-freestyle.html

If the numbers are to be believed, toward the end this guy is holding 32 strokes per length going at a :51 pace (for a 50).

Jazz Hands
March 21st, 2012, 04:31 PM
Just pull as hard as you can.

fmracing
March 21st, 2012, 04:51 PM
Here's mine. Very violent, very hard pulls at as fast of a stroke rate as I can go without shortening the stroke too much...

swim_race7 - YouTube

Far right lane. 25.99 in that race.

I can bump my stroke rate above that, but the stroke length has to get shorter at my current strength levels and speed drops. You have to play the "happy medium" game with stroke rate and stroke length so its not as simple for each person as asking "whats a good stroke rate".

Lui
March 21st, 2012, 07:18 PM
I'm not sure what other people consider "good", and I'm sure your height and stuff like arm length will have something to do with it. I'm 6' with a 6' armspan (square!) and I do 32-34 strokes per length at a warm-up pace, and more, probably 40 or so when I try to go fast. But I lose efficiency as I go faster. Apparently some people don't:


Yeah, I wanted to mention that height, arm span and speed will make a difference but I just wanted a rough stroke count of a good swimmer since I mainly train in 25 meter pools. I try to count my strokes and glide more and might go down to 14-15 strokes but when I sprint I have a lot more strokes.

Soon the 50 meter open air pool will open so I wanted to test what my stroke count will be in a 50 meter pool and wanted a rough number. I guess I'll be more in the 35-37 range at a warm up pace and over 40 at a fast pace.

Lui
March 21st, 2012, 07:38 PM
Far right lane. 25.99 in that race.


I think I counted about 45 strokes so I'll probably have more. Having said that, I can't swim the 50 in 25.99:D

Edit: actually I counted again and it seemed more like 41-42.

ande
March 21st, 2012, 10:43 PM
Here's a remarkably efficient swimmer
Alexander Popov 50m Freestyle World Record - YouTube

osterber
March 22nd, 2012, 12:36 AM
Usually about 24-25 strokes for 50 meters in workout.

-Rick

Lui
March 22nd, 2012, 07:39 AM
I think I counted that Michael Phelps uses 22 strokes but he dives for about 15 meters which is much longer than other swimmers dive so he has basically only 35 meters left after he hits the surface. At 9:15 min. you can watch him swim the 50 from a good view: Im k├Ârper der Topathleten - Michael Phelps (Part1) - YouTube