Try this, grab your lower leg so your index finger and thumb are just above the the bottom of your tibia, the medial malleolus. Measure from that spot just above your ankle to the first joint of your big toe, the one that is closest to your ankle. That should give you a good idea of the angles I was referring too.
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phelps freestyle streamlines & dolphin kicks
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-nNMrrYNdU"]YouTube - Michael Phelps-Freestyle-Multi Angle Camera[/nomedia]
ian crocker streamline dolphin kicking
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym_ks0aHkCE"]YouTube - Phelps Rallies Past Crocker in 100-fly[/nomedia]
cavic dolphin kick
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaR2lPdssZc"]YouTube - Phelps takes down Cavic again, from Universal Sports[/nomedia]
phelps turn dolphin kick
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9eDAQxL5cA"]YouTube - Michael Phelps turn[/nomedia]
cielo 100 fr
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ClyLK5T6pY"]YouTube - 100 Free NCAA 2008 Cesar Cielo 40"92[/nomedia]
Amaury Leveaux - WR- 44.94 -100scm Freestyle
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7PkAOeJKJA"]YouTube - Amaury Leveaux - WR- 44.94 -100m Freestyle - Rijeka[/nomedia]
cesar cielo 100 fr world record
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xvzY07byKU"]YouTube - 100m Freestyle world record, Cesar Cielo Filho[/nomedia]
cesar cielo 50 fr wr
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-69rtsUJbA"]YouTube - César Cielo - Recorde Mundial 50 livre - 20.91[/nomedia]
Paul Biedermann world record
200 free style Rome 2009 time 1.42.00
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm8Tbu33EQ"]YouTube - Paul Biedermann world record 200 free style Rome 2009 time 1.42.00[/nomedia]
Nathan Adrian upsets Cesar Cielo
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnQ78MKWz-s"]YouTube - Nathan Adrian upsets Cesar Cielo - from Universal Sports[/nomedia]
Pan Pacs '10: Men's 4x100m Free Relay
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GTQpxRsOFo"]YouTube - Pan Pacs '10: Men's 4x100m Free Relay (Swimnetwork)[/nomedia]
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Seeing as starts are so important in a 50 and 100, i was wondering what kind of training you guys do for them, in the pool and for dry land training
Reaction time, explosive legs, streamlined body position into the water, and SDK like mad till you're ready for breakout. Just practice quite a few starts on a command, timing if possible.
My reaction time and technique just come naturally...but I've been doing it since I was 7 as well.
As for drylands, plyos (box jumps, squat jumps, altitude drops) help build explosiveness off the start and walls. Other weights to strengthen the legs should help as well (squats, lunges). For quick hands on the start, try some med ball slams.
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXEw5reJ-CI"]Hardest Kettlebell Exercise, PISTOL , from Elite Kettlebell - YouTube[/nomedia]
One-leg romainian deadlift:
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oaZMERDNxY"]1-leg Romanian deadlift - YouTube[/nomedia]
I also will do box hops and jumping in general. The box hops are done by squatting down and jumping onto a platform. When just jumping, I'll jump to either touch the ceiling at my gym (10') or a basketball rim (10'). I'll do these because where I swim diving is not allowed, and there's no starting blocks. Ideally, if you've got access, practicing starts is the way to go, but I think what I do is a good dryland substitute.
I bet there is some insurance reason why there isn't usually any diving block training available during masters swimming. Perhaps the insurance that is covered by our USMS registration doesn't cover that. Although usually when I am at lap swim or masters swim there is the diving board available in an "open area" of the pool, anyway.
Maybe a good compromise would be for us to encourage our own individual pools/teams to offer a "starts" clinic where we could pay for an extra lesson and they would have the starting blocks for us to practice. We would have to make sure there enough swim committed for them to offer it.
All I know if that the only time I EVER get to practice going off on diving blocks is at MEETS and I feel embarrassed (especially at a relay) that I even after I finish a 100 I still feel my "strawberry" from my entry. Good thing the relays are usually meant for fun and (usually) guaranteed points at a meet.
Hey, sprint freestylers, I have some new videos I have posted in my home lane (The Breaststroke Lane) and The Butterfly Lane. I am hoping to make NQT's in 50 free, so I have a few videos I would like to include here for some constructive feedback. The 50 free is slow (my PB is :33 from the blocks); it's a 37 from a push off, however, this was done right after filming my 50 and 25 breaststroke with no rest. (And, the morning after a Halloween party... ). OK; no more excuses- except one: Open turns are required for me, due to Meniere's (inner ear disorder) and not being able to do flip turns without getting disoriented and seasick!
1. http://youtu.be/gzg8Csnk17c - 50 free
2. http://youtu.be/bKCJ4zmMKFw - 25 free
3. http://youtu.be/iOwbKbMAHEk - Freestyle open turn- HELP!
4. http://youtu.be/VIelJi4ygAg - Freestyle open turn- side view. HELP! It feels so much slower than my breaststroke turn. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!
To stop landing "flat"on starts try to push harder with your quads - calfs & toes. The last feeling from the blocks should be your toes pushing off hard. All of these along with a good upper body entry should help in a better start. And yes using blocks more often with some coaching will also help.
when the going gets tough
the sprinters get tougher
Any suggestions on how to practice a 'shoulder driven' freestyle slowly? I find it very difficult to practice slowly when every stroke should be immediately beginning the pulling cycle upon entry...