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Forum: Freestyle 10-23-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 2,104
Posted By Superfly
First of all, runners and triathletes are known...

First of all, runners and triathletes are known for poor ankle flexibility. This may explain why you're completing the drills successfully with fins, but feel different without them. You can work on...
Forum: Butterfly 10-04-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 4,152
Posted By Superfly
It's impossible to know for sure without watching...

It's impossible to know for sure without watching your technique but it sounds like you're pausing as your arms enter the water. Butterfly requires a quick catch so your arms are never resting....
Forum: Breaststroke 09-14-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 4,452
Posted By Superfly
Breaststroke relies on a powerful kick. But that...

Breaststroke relies on a powerful kick. But that kick isn't effective if the body is not in a perfect streamline position. Timing is critical, as the body should already be going into a streamlined...
Forum: Freestyle 08-03-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,627
Posted By Superfly
I also like to swim to music (with my iPod) that...

I also like to swim to music (with my iPod) that is timed perfectly to my swimming rhythm. The natural rhythm (at least for me) for Freestyle is a 3/4 time signature which is why "The Blue Danube"...
Forum: Freestyle 07-23-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 4,243
Posted By Superfly
This is something I remembered being said by a...

This is something I remembered being said by a few coaches, most notably Richard Quick who was a coach at Stanford. I believe he said it in his "Championship Winning Walls: Underwater Swimming" DVD...
Forum: Freestyle 07-22-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 4,243
Posted By Superfly
Good luck! Fins are a lot of fun. You get to go...

Good luck! Fins are a lot of fun. You get to go really fast.

You may also want to check out the Butterfly forum as it has a few messages on the dolphin kick.



Yes, check with the pool staff. The...
Forum: Freestyle 07-20-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 4,243
Posted By Superfly
Hi Matt, There are three things that are...

Hi Matt,

There are three things that are necessary for good dolphin kick:
- Flexibility. Especially the ankles. Loose and flexible ankles provide the snap at the end of the kick.
- Core body...
Forum: Freestyle 07-15-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 5,937
Posted By Superfly
Pulling air and creating bubbles may not be bad...

Pulling air and creating bubbles may not be bad for kicking. I remember reading somewhere that some elite swimmers intentionally pull air into the water with their feet to maintain a 10-beat kick or...
Forum: Freestyle 07-15-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 2,685
Posted By Superfly
I'm comfortable doing the one-arm drill with a...

I'm comfortable doing the one-arm drill with a 6-beat flutter kick. I lose too much momentum with a 2-beat kick. I'm not sure if it's advisable to use a 2-beat kick with this drill.

This is a...
Forum: Butterfly 05-15-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 8,035
Posted By Superfly
Perhaps you can post it on YouTube and we can...

Perhaps you can post it on YouTube and we can look as well?



Can you do an arm-lead body dolphin on the surface for an extended duration? If so then you probably have the cardio and flexibility but...
Forum: Freestyle 03-06-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 7,887
Posted By Superfly
Hi Tony, I watched your video. You have good...

Hi Tony,

I watched your video. You have good technique but lack tone which is causing your body to fishtail. Fishtailing is highly inefficient because your body is going slightly sideways instead of...
Forum: Freestyle 02-22-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 4,353
Posted By Superfly
There are too many variables (physical fitness,...

There are too many variables (physical fitness, height, swimming style, etc.). This is a question that only you can answer.

The best way to get to your answer is to use a tempo trainer to find your...
Forum: Freestyle 02-22-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,488
Posted By Superfly
Of course! Weak core muscles can be made strong...

Of course! Weak core muscles can be made strong by exercise.

However, that is a misleading answer because strength is only one aspect. There is also proper alignment which is achieved by awareness...
Forum: Butterfly 02-12-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 3,447
Posted By Superfly
Video: Can Music Improve Athletic Performance?

I saw this video and thought it was relevant to this forum.

AsapSCIENCE - Can Music Improve Athletic Performance?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofbnpVbtqTc

I use an waterproof iPod Shuffle instead...
Forum: Freestyle 02-08-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 2,043
Posted By Superfly
For dryland practice, I'd recommend "Swim Speed...

For dryland practice, I'd recommend "Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes" by Sheila Taormina. A lot of the book is devoted to the benefits of the catch and pull, which is not the TI way....
Forum: Freestyle 02-08-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 3,032
Posted By Superfly
Interesting. I would never have guessed that this...

Interesting. I would never have guessed that this was once an olympic event.

I've tried this and lo and behold I could go for about 15 meters, but it took me a while to figure it out.

I had to...
Forum: Freestyle 02-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,483
Posted By Superfly
I hear ya! Breaststrokers swim like turtles, but...

I hear ya! Breaststrokers swim like turtles, but kick like mules. At our pool, the etiquette is to tap their foot, signalling that they should stop at the end of the pool and let you pass.
Forum: Freestyle 02-03-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,511
Posted By Superfly
Fins give you instant leg flexibility. If you...

Fins give you instant leg flexibility. If you don't have leg flexibility then it will really show when you take off the fins.

If you're happy with what fins provide you then work on getting your...
Forum: Freestyle 01-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,487
Posted By Superfly
It doesn't surprise me as you seem to be...

It doesn't surprise me as you seem to be straining to get a gulp of air. No air = tiredness. This is happening because you're sinking so your body position is too low. I would work on making...
Forum: Freestyle 01-27-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 3,487
Posted By Superfly
You have good rhythm and mechanics. Looks...

You have good rhythm and mechanics. Looks good!


I have a few suggestions:

When taking a breath, keep one google in the water. If possible, breathe from the corner of the mouth.

I'm guessing that...
Forum: Freestyle 01-24-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,288
Posted By Superfly
It sounds more and more like you need to work on...

It sounds more and more like you need to work on your range of motion (ROM). This should go hand in hand with light strength exercises, as increased ROM can make you susceptible to injury if the...
Forum: Freestyle 01-24-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,421
Posted By Superfly
Exactly! The shoulders and arms are linked. Note...

Exactly! The shoulders and arms are linked.

Note that TI uses "anchor" to refer to the pull, and "spear" to refer to the arm entry. This analogy places the emphasis on the recovery.

Both analogies...
Forum: Freestyle 01-24-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,421
Posted By Superfly
Exactamundo! You want to shift your weight from...

Exactamundo! You want to shift your weight from side to side, but also keep more weight forward. That's why you tilt your body forward when ice skating, and similarly why you don't push until the...
Forum: Freestyle 01-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,504
Posted By Superfly
Here is my description for front quadrant or...

Here is my description for front quadrant or hip-driven Freestyle. There are other styles but this is the style espoused by TI:

The catch is when the entire arm is straight ahead, but dipped down...
Forum: Freestyle 01-23-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,288
Posted By Superfly
Just to be clear: I'm saying that your arms...

Just to be clear: I'm saying that your arms should NOT be behind your back during recovery. This is known to be very damaging to the shoulder joints. For example, there are some recovery drills...
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