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Forum: Freestyle 07-24-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 3,052
Posted By downhillswimmer
"OK" Drill

I do a drill called the "OK" drill that helps engage the muscles under the armpit on the side of the ribcage (serratus anterior muscle) which are essential to your arm stability.

First you make a...
Forum: Freestyle 05-19-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 4,157
Posted By downhillswimmer
My yoga teacher reminds me not to let the outside...

My yoga teacher reminds me not to let the outside of the ankle touch the floor, and to make sure the body weight is on the heels, not the knees.
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,185
Posted By downhillswimmer
I think "open armpit" is an intention; from an...

I think "open armpit" is an intention; from an outsider's point of view, the action is no different than extending the arm with back/shoulder muscles. Another example is when you keep a good posture,...
Forum: Breaststroke 12-23-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 6,225
Posted By downhillswimmer
Breaststroke SPL and Balance

After reading Terry's recent blogs which put a lot of emphasis on balance, I spent more time working on balance drills. Last night, I found I could cross a 25-metre pool in 4 strokes with a good...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,185
Posted By downhillswimmer
Last night, I tried this "open armpit" focal...

Last night, I tried this "open armpit" focal point, I felt my catch required much less effort. I used to do "extending shoulder", and I usually felt some strain in either my shoulder or shoulder...
Forum: Freestyle 09-23-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,637
Posted By downhillswimmer
I made some timing change to my stroke: I roll my...

I made some timing change to my stroke: I roll my body just after my entering shoulder extends forward. It reduces stress on my shoulder. However, I notice that my shoulder blades are more tired now....
Forum: Freestyle 09-21-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 10,381
Posted By downhillswimmer
I found Coach Shane Eversfield's blog very...

I found Coach Shane Eversfield's blog very useful:

http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/Swimming-From-Your-Core.html
(http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/Swimming-From-Your-Core.html)

Personally, I...
Forum: Freestyle 09-10-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 4,637
Posted By downhillswimmer
shoulder tension

When you extend your shoulder, how much tension do you feel in your shoulder? Is it completely relaxed?
Forum: Backstroke 09-03-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 12,347
Posted By downhillswimmer
I found the following helped me: Keep the back...

I found the following helped me:

Keep the back of the neck lengthened, feel the head is completely supported by the water at all times. Remember to resist the urge to tuck the chin in.
Forum: Freestyle 09-01-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,804
Posted By downhillswimmer
I found the...

I found the following:

http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/The-Skatch-Drill.html
(http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/The-Skatch-Drill.html)
Forum: Breaststroke 08-24-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 5,891
Posted By downhillswimmer
Hi Dave, I think out-sweep is the catch or...

Hi Dave,

I think out-sweep is the catch or anchoring part of the stroke. TI instructions say you should take your time. The in-sweep of arms makes you return to the streamline position, and this...
Forum: Breaststroke 08-19-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 5,891
Posted By downhillswimmer
Breaststroke Pull

Hi,

My breaststroke was described as "pulling with arms and kicking with legs". My shoulders, arms, wrists and thighs used to get very tired. Earlier this year, I bought the "Breaststroke for...
Forum: Links and References 01-15-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,833
Posted By downhillswimmer
Total Swim ezine archive

Hi:

Is anyone able to access the archive of the old Total Swim magazine at http://www.totalimmersion.net/magazine?
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