Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches


IS YOUR FREESTYLE STROKE AS EFFECTIVE AS YOU THINK? Are you getting the most out of your stroke, or are you just spinning your wheels? Are you at a plateau not lowering your time…all of these things are the effect of not swimming freestyle with the proper technique. It seems to me that we can become complacent with our stroke, thinking that it is not important to maintain proper technique throughout the entire stroke cycle. Have you been thinking about distance per stroke, have you been thinking about the proper depth of your stroke, have you been thinking about the finish of your stoke….have you been thinking !!!! or have you just been spinning your wheels and just looking to get from one end of the pool to the other end of the pool as fast as you can. My friends technique is the most effective tool that you can use to be FAST! You must discipline yourself to be as effective as you can be. Key points to think about

  • Body position….swim streamline, getting up on your side and using the proper hip tip while reaching out to get length on your stroke.
  • Alternate breathing, keeping one goggle in the water and one goggle out of the water
  • Finishing the stroke at the back sweep of the stroke
  • Lowering your stroke count for the same distance while lowering your time
  • Maintain a strong kick throughout your entire swim

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October 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment