Friday, December 21, 2012

Visualise A Fantastic Streamline Position

We love a good visualisation at Swim Smooth. Here's double Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington showing us her fantastic streamline position off the wall. She's on her side as she's just tumbled and is performing the half-twist back onto her front:

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If you are a triathlete or open water swimmer it's tempting to be lazy with your streamline technique but this is still an important skill to practise, even though you won't use this position when racing in open water. Follow the tips on the image and remember:

- A good streamline reminds you to stretch through your core on the beginning of each lap, a feeling you should maintain as you break-out into your full freestyle stroke.

- This position gives your upper back and shoulders a mini stretch on every push-off which develops and maintains your flexibility over time.

 - The speed you will gain in the pool allows you to train with swimmers who would otherwise be a little bit quicker than you.

(Make sure you like our Facebook page here we regularly post more swimming visualisations like this.)



So that only leaves us to thank you for following Swim Smooth this year and wish you a fantastic festive break! Here's coaches Paul and Emma on the pool deck in Perth a few hours ago:



Merry Christmas and Swim Smooth!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to all of you. I feel like I am part of the family even though I am half-a-globe away.

John Ratto
Pacific Grove, California

Adam Young said...

Thanks John! Have a fantastic Christmas and a super-smooth new year!

Edwin Lawson said...

Knowing how to swim plus wearing a uniform are two of the most important thing you need to know and have before engaging yourself in a water activity like this. Safety first always!

Hannah Woods said...

My son is very excited to move in our new house because it has a swimming pool. He trained last summer and he's into it ever since.