Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Tips from the Race Club Swim Camp


Secret Tips

1.) Most important of all- RELAX and ENJOY.  The more you relax, the more potential you have physiologically to swim fast.  Learn how to do it slow- then fast.

-Jon Olsen 1/17/07

2.) Alter your drills.  Play with new ideas, whether good or bad.  You won’t know what works until you try it from all angles.  This can lead to coming up with completely new drills.  It is not wrong if it works for you!

-Jon Olsen 1/22/07

3.) Always think about body position first. It has a huge impact on all strokes.

-Jon Olsen 2/15/07

4.) When doing drills always take your time, go slow, and think about how that drill relates to that particular stroke.

-Jon Olsen 2/27/07

5.) Think outside the box (or pool).  What activities out of the pool directly relate to your strokes in the pool? Work on it, perfect it, and have fun with it (i.e. boxing, spearfishing, surfing, etc). 

-Jon Olsen 3/12/07

6.) Keep your head down. Forget the old idea of keeping your head high enough so that the water hits you in the forehead. You’ll move faster and with less resistance by keeping your head on an even plane with your body, as if you were standing and looking straight ahead.

-Jon 6/07

7.) Think scull, not plow. As much as possible, try to stay horizontal in the water. Good head position will definitely help. You don’t want your feet and hips to drop and drag, which only makes you plow through the water and, in effect, swim uphill. Avoid arching your back, and try to stay flat, long and streamlined — like a single scull skimming through the water. When your body position is right, it can almost feel like you’re swimming downhill.

-Jon 6/07

8.) Recruit the core. Coordinate your kick, body rotation, catch and pull to allow your core muscles to do as much of the heavy lifting as possible. Relying too much on your arms and shoulders will make you slower and more prone to injury.

-Jon 6/07 

9.) Avoid crossing over. Imagine a line bisecting your body vertically. Many swimmers, especially when breathing, have a tendency to let their hands cross this line during the pull.

-Jon 6/07 

10.) Finish your stroke. Pushing up or down against the water wastes energy and contributes nothing. Make sure your propulsive efforts keep you moving in a horizontal vector. From the initial catch to the final push of each arm stroke, keep your fingertips pointed toward the bottom of the pool. As your underwater hand moves in front of your head, and then parallel to your body, and then back toward your thigh, your wrist should adjust to ensure that your palms and fingertips pull, then push, the water horizontally toward your feet.

-Jon 6/07

May 28, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Hey Coach Pete!
    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your articles. They are all very interesting and informative. By the way I wanted to let you know that I have found the key to racing for myself. I have always concentrated in the past about my times and JO cuts and all these other specific times that I needed to beat. Usually I would get really tense before my race and my final time after the race wasn’t what I wanted. However now it’s all about beating the person in my heat. Although swimming is all about the times you get it has been much more enjoyable racing trying to beat someone and not a time. Anyway its been great reading your articles and hope you are doing well!

    Nicolas Alemann

    Comment by Nicolas Alemann | May 31, 2008 | Reply

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