Swimming Faster Faster: Tip 7
When a friend asks me to help him swim faster faster,
the first thing I do is ask him to swim an easy 25.
Like I wrote in tip 6
NEXT, with out any coaching
I ask him to sprint an all out 25 for time
as he is sprinting I look for things to fix.
And we take notice of his time.
Mentally I make a list of what to correct and we first target the easiest things to fix that will make his time improve the most.
usually it's simple skill stuff.
Can he improve his:
dive or pushoff?
What is he doing with his arms, legs, head and torso?
Does he need to kick faster, bigger, smaller?
How many strokes is he taking?
Does he need to take longer strokes?
Is he catching water or slipping?
Does he need to improve his touch?
What about his mental stuff before and during his timed swim?
How motivated was he?
How relaxed was he?
What does he need to do mentally in the moment
to perform at a higher level?
Sometimes I'll ask them to do a 50 or even a 100.
This will throw in the importance of turns and splitting
What's interesting is
in these 10 - 15 minute stroke tip sessions
I've seen some amazing improvements.
Next I'll give the swimmer one or two things to focus on.
We'll do a few easy 25's where they concentrate on doing the corrections.
Then we'll do another sprint to see if there was any improvement.
One time I was working with a young lady
I had her swim a 25 fly and she did it in 16.3 seconds.
Then I gave her a two tips,
Tip 1 was to flatten out her body, not kick so much, and move her arms faster
Tip 2 was to get more psyched before and during her swim
I had her practice them for a few 25s
Next I asked her to rest a few minutes then
she got back up on the blocks and tried out her new skills and she swam the 25 in 14.9.
Sometimes it helps to video tape the swimmer and let him see for himself.
I watch them sprint above the water and below.
So my point is there are things about how you swim
that SLOW you down
I encourage you to
SWIM FASTER FASTER