Thursday, November 01, 2007

Swimming Bands Only

Here's a clip of a Team Swim Smooth swimmer displaying an excellent catch and hold on the water even when using a band around the ankles. Notice no dead-spots in his stroke (i.e. no over-gliding), exceptional core control, and toes pointed in plantar flexion. Most swimmers feel like they sink when they try this exercise - not this swimmer, he's just cruising at 1'23" for this 100m. If you try this at home, start off with short intervals of between 25m and 50m, make sure you feel stretch through your stomach to lengthen and keep the hips up, and try stroking at a slightly higher rate than normal to eliminate dead-spots in your stroke.

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