Friday, June 5, 2015

*Mega* Megan Is Back!

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*Mega* Megan Is Back!

Perhaps our most popular ever blog post here on Feel For The Water was our case study of Megan Surrette, an open water swimmer from here in Perth. From 2012 to 2014 Megan reduced her threshold swimming speed from 2:12 to 1:32 /100m - a HUGE improvement that justifiably earned her the nickname Mega Megan!

If you missed it the first time around, see how she made such a staggering improvement on the original blog post here and in her video review on Youtube here.

So that was a year ago... what's she been up to since? As well as swimming the 13km Northumberland Strait in Canada (one of only two last year to achieve the feat without a wetsuit), she's been developing a very nice 2-beat leg kick technique to further improve her stroke efficiency. As she says on the video below, Megan achieved this using our two-beat kicking tutorial on the SS Coaching System.

You can watch SS Head Coach Paul Newsome taking Megan through her latest video analysis session and see that 2-beat kick in action. The recording is packed with tips for any level of swimmer:



Video Index:

0:25 Arm Recovery
1:30 Straight Arm Pull-Through
6:00 Leg Kick Comparison
8:00 Great 2-Beat Leg Kick
16:15 Good Alignment
17:55 Swimming Down A Narrow Corridor
25:25 Summary
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30:26 After Stroke Correction

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3 comments:

zackme said...

Hi,
In the initial video analysis of Megan's style, you mention her too-far-forward shoulder as a possible flaw, contributing to her shoulder pain. I do sometimes experience shoulder pain on one side, and always try to bring the shoulders as far forward as I can (near the cheek though), thanks to a dynamic but relaxed arm recovery, in order to lengthen the stroke and foster body rotation. Is that possibly wrong? Alternatively, maybe this occasional shoulder pain is due to too much practice (3000m everyday, inluding sprint, butterfly,...).
Zack

Cathal Curtis said...

Paul, Megan,
This is a great post and video.
It resonates so much with the problems I am trying to correct.
When I started to bend my elbow to the extent recommended and try
to keep my hand below my shoulder my stroke greatly improved.
And more importantly I was getting much less shoulder trouble.
I have been struggling with shoulder trouble for some time now and knew it was posture/technique. I just wasn't sure exactly which posture and which specific technique.
I also tried the 2-beat kick. Starting out I only got it right for a few strokes. But I get what Megan said about it "feeling right".

Thanks Megan, Paul.

Cathal (Galway, Ireland)

Adam Young said...

Hi Zack, you've got to be careful if in reaching as far as you can if you end up winging your scapular. It does place stress on the shoulder. If you are using the SS coaching system, checkout the explanation here: https://app.swimsmooth.com/video/cJO/strength-and-conditioning-routine/

Hi Cathal, that all sounds great. Working out what's happening without a good coach looking at you can be very difficult - very well done! :)

Adam