Friday, August 28, 2015

Miss Swinger - Now For Your PC And Mac!

Up until now the only way to view our Miss Swinger animation in full has been on your phone or tablet using our Mr Smooth PRO app (Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

Today that's changing as we release new versions of the Mr Smooth PRO console for your PC and Mac, featuring the inclusion of Miss Swinger and many other new features besides.

What's more, we've reduced the price of the PRO console to just £3.99 / US$5.99!


For full information see: www.swimsmooth.com/proconsole


This animation app is all about visualising good stroke technique using the two classic elite stroke styles - "Smooth" and "Swinger". Mr Smooth is still there of course, showing you all his silky moves but we've added 7 special combination views demonstrating key areas of his stroke such as the catch, rotation and kicking technique.

For example, here's a still from the breathing special view, giving you a real 3D appreciation of a good breathing position:


The app also includes a much improved controller over the free version with a full jog wheel and frame number entry. You can export still images and coaches can automatically generate emails to our coaching articles and content. We've included three exclusive coaching articles too, pointing out stroke elements you might otherwise miss.

If you are a visual learner you'll love the new PRO console - it's such a powerful tool for you to improve your swimming!

Get it today at: www.swimsmooth.com/proconsole

Swim Smooth!

PS. If you already own the old Pro Console and would like to update for free, visit: www.swimsmooth.com/proconsoleupdate

Friday, August 21, 2015

Identify Your Stroke Faults With 'Stroke Mirroring'

Your 'proprioception' is the technical term for your awareness of the position of parts of your body and their movements. Since we can't see ourselves as we swim, we all rely heavily on our proprioception to develop our swimming.

Note that in some areas of your stroke you will have great awareness but in others you will have gaps or holes where you can't feel or judge things nearly as well. It could be that in front of your head you are unaware of where your arm and hand is pointing, which can easily lead to a crossover:




Or during the catch you feel like you are pressing backwards but in fact are pressing downwards with a straight arm:




So these gaps in your proprioception can easily lead to stroke flaws. It's why when you see yourself swimming on video and spot a fault you think "Wow, I could have sworn I wasn't doing that!". (For an amusing example of the power of video analysis, see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCc0_eHzPU)

This also explains why even when you become aware of stroke flaw it can still be hard to fix. It's not just a habit you have to break but a position in which you need to develop better proprioception.


Stroke Mirroring

Here's a super-simple technique to help you identify flaws in your stroke and fill in those gaps in your proprioception. It works best (but isn't limited to) when you have a stroke fault on one side but not the other. We call it 'Stroke Mirroring':

As you swim, pick an area of your stroke and become aware of what each side of your body is doing in turn and mentally compare the two sides. With what path does the left hand travel under the body and then how does the right hand do it in comparison? Are they different and which side needs an adjustment? Maybe it's both sides!

You can do this with any part of the stroke but make sure you try the following areas:

- The position and angle of your head when you breathe to either side. Do you lift it? Or look forwards or behind?

- The straightness of your legs - where do they point and do you ever bend the knee significantly?

- Where your hand and arms are as they enter the water and extend forwards (even when you breathe).

- How do your arms carry over the surface of the water?

- How are your shoulders and hips rotating to the side?

- As you enter the water and extend forwards, are you keeping your elbow higher than your wrist and your wrist higher than the fingertips?

Comparing the two sides of your body in this way can be surprisingly insightful. Make sure you are swimming normally with a good rhythm and spend around 50m on each area, moving on if you don't find anything interesting.

Swim Smooth!