IMU 2017 | 100 Backstroke Final – Kylie Masse (CAN)

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Canadian Olympian and Rio bronze medalist Kylie Masse competing in the 100 backstroke final at the International Swim Meet in Uster, Switzerland.

She won the race in a time of 59.60 (29.43/30.17) – watch for her extremely stable and high body position in the water throughout the race. And pay close attention to how the stroke rate seems to be lower on the first 50 but then holding it up (or maybe even slightly increasing it) blasting off the wall at the turn to keep that steady speed and seemingly not slowing down compared to the other athletes.


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ISF 2016 | 100 Breaststroke Final – Rikke Pedersen (DEN)

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Danish National Team member and 200 breaststroke World Record holder Rikke Møller Pedersen competing in the final of the 100 breaststroke at the ISF in Aachen

She won the race in a time of 1:06.90 – watch for her wide and strong arm stroke as well as her powerful kick propelling her forward. Even at a world class level, it seems that Rikke still has potential to swim faster by improving her pullouts.

Freestyle Relaxation Drills

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Short video showing one of my athletes demonstrate the freestyle relaxation drills. There are four different parts to this series which we usually do in a mini-set of 4×25 with 10″ rest or a couple bobs in between the 25’s.

This is also a great progression to work on body position and body line – the goal is to stay perfectly afloat and in line – eliminating all of the “parasite movements”. The mastery lies in completely relaxing and doing all this at the most easy pace.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or opinions regarding this drill.

Monorail Scull

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We call it “monorail scull”. Swimmers need snorkels and buoys for the drill, and it adds some challenging fun to workouts.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or opinions regarding this drill.

Breaststroke Speed Drill

Vevey Natation

Quick video showing one of my athletes demonstrate the breaststroke speed drill. I had her use fins to give her more leverage but the goal would be to execute this drill the same way without fins.

I believe this is a good example of how this drill should look – she’s doing a good job staying on top and transferring the power from the hips into the upper body.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or opinions regarding this drill.

5 by 5 Turn Sprint

Vevey Natation

Quick video showing my athletes do a set of 50’s of what we call the “5 by 5 Turn Sprint”. Work within the flags, alternating fast/easy but all with perfect turns.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or opinions regarding this drill.

Steve Lassueur from Vevey Natation at BEST

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Steve can tend to be a very arm dominant swimmer and Nico coaches him daily on swimming much more connected. He really responded well to this drill – proud of him!

Here is a clip of Steve working on setting a high anchor/catch and connecting that anchor to his opposite hip through the core to create momentum. – Coach Kim Brackin from BEST

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Freestyle & backstroke alignment/rotation drill

Vevey Natation

Focus on body alignment; rotate from your hips and shoulders (not your kick). Go 25’s or 50’s alternating sides. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or opinions regarding this drill.