Post 1: This is #1 thing slowing most swimmers down!
It’s not your fitness, or the mechanics of your stroke, but the shape, form, and streamline of your body going through the water, frontal drag. Your entry, extension and glide are critical pieces to maximize efficiency and minimize effort. Focusing on the first two phases of the freestyle stroke can have a positive ripple effect through the rest of the phases, reduce drag and maximize your effort to swim faster through the water.
Check out a few of these land and water drills to improve your position and streamline.
Balance, streamline and buoyancy
Shoulder core and hip stability
Post 2: Your best stroke is a loaded and anchored catch with the body moving and rotating around it.
Here’s a few kettlebell drills that teach shoulder stability with hip and spine mobility.
Post 3: Here’s a series of progressive pool drills and supporting dryland exercises to help you establish better streamline and efficiency through mobility and stability that improve balance and buoyancy.
Surface Push Offs
Foam Roll Lats
Side Kick with Fins
Side Kick 1 Stroke
Single Arm Stroke
Single Arm Dryland Cords
With all the time spent swimming overhead, a smart pulling plan is essential for healthy shoulders, and a propulsive stroke. Try these horizontal pulling alternatives to give your shoulders a break.
Overhead supported 3-Point Row
Wall supported 1 arm row
The evidence is clear, strong pull-ups translate to a more propulsive stroke and a faster swim. Yet, pull-ups can be a challenge for many athletes. When’s the last time you were on a pull up program? Try these pull up progressions as a starting point for any ability.
Band assisted pull ups from the knee
Band assisted pull-ups from the foot
Jumping pull ups with a slow descent
Jumping pull ups