Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Stroke efficiency

The fewer strokes you take, the more efficient you are and the less energy you expend. The trick is to master what it takes to do fewer strokes per lap while still maintaining your speed. I have found that swimmers lose interest in their swimming or fail to improve because they just swim – doing the same thing day after day. They workout hard, but they are just spinning their wheels. Swimming is a constant challenge, if you pick out something particular to work on you can enhance your chances of improvement. This type of approach to workouts also allows your mind to be open to the challenge. It’s a form of meditation when you concentrate on just one part of your stroke.

Here are a few things you might want to concentrate on while swimming freestyle

  • Keep pressure on the water



  • Hip shoulder rotation


  • Head Position one goggle in one goggle out of the water and high elbow recovery


January 25, 2008 - Posted by | Stroke Technique

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