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Forum: Freestyle 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 681
Posted By CoachBobM
I agree with Inge. The main function of the...

I agree with Inge. The main function of the rotation of your core body about the axis of your spine is to help power your armstroke, so you should initiate it in conjunction with the beginning of...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 427
Posted By CoachBobM
Can you roll onto your back to breathe? This is...

Can you roll onto your back to breathe? This is something we recommend to open water swimmers who need to rest (or who feel that they need to catch their breath) when they're in water over their...
Forum: Freestyle 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By CoachBobM
Terry (who had far more experience with open...

Terry (who had far more experience with open water swimming than I do) did it the first way. If you look at this promo for the "Outside the Box" DVD and go 1:27 into it, you'll see him do one of his...
Forum: Breaststroke 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 5,879
Posted By CoachBobM
It does require a weird mentality in a competitor...

It does require a weird mentality in a competitor to try to be faster than anyone else when doing the slowest of the 4 competitive strokes!

There's also a major aspect to breaststroke that really...
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 04-14-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By CoachBobM
How often are you breathing? Every 2nd stroke? ...

How often are you breathing? Every 2nd stroke? Every 3rd stroke? Less often?


Bob
Forum: Butterfly 04-14-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By CoachBobM
Congratulations! Keep us informed on your...

Congratulations! Keep us informed on your progress!


Bob
Forum: Freestyle 04-11-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By CoachBobM
The more recently a DVD was produced, the more...

The more recently a DVD was produced, the more current it is. This is not to say that the old DVDs are no good. Those drill sequences have worked for a lot of swimmers. But the revisions to the...
Forum: Freestyle 04-10-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,548
Posted By CoachBobM
The answer to your thread title is pretty...

The answer to your thread title is pretty obvious, if you think about it: It's possible, e.g., to go the length of the pool in a skate position, propelling yourself just by kicking and taking no...
Forum: Freestyle 04-02-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By CoachBobM
I agree with Werner that it's hard to know the...

I agree with Werner that it's hard to know the answer to your question without knowing more about where you're starting from. What do you mean by "I know nothing about swimming"? Are you...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 03-29-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By CoachBobM
I don't want to give you too much advice if...

I don't want to give you too much advice if you're currently taking lessons from a TI coach, since the coach can see what you're doing in the water and I can't. But I will pass this along:

21 years...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 03-22-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By CoachBobM
What, exactly, are you feeling when you decide...

What, exactly, are you feeling when you decide that you need a break? Is it fatigue? Breathlessness? Some other feeling?


Bob
Forum: Swim Your Way to Health 03-12-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By CoachBobM
In addition to what others have said, note that...

In addition to what others have said, note that the TI training program for backstroke actually uses one-arm backstroke as a stepping stone for learning two-arm backstroke. You won't get quite as...
Forum: Freestyle 03-03-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By CoachBobM
Terry's stroke looks more like he's grasping at...

Terry's stroke looks more like he's grasping at moonbeams.
Forum: Freestyle 03-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 3,496
Posted By CoachBobM
Keep in mind that the important thing is to be...

Keep in mind that the important thing is to be breathing equal amounts of the time on both sides, not how you accomplish that. I can breathe every 3 strokes for short distances, but for longer...
Forum: Freestyle 03-02-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By CoachBobM
I'm not sure what you mean by "vaulting action". ...

I'm not sure what you mean by "vaulting action". The main things I notice are that Terry is leading with his elbow during recovery longer than Paul is and is therefore getting a bit more of an...
Forum: Freestyle 03-02-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By CoachBobM
The general plan of our drill sequences is: 1)...

The general plan of our drill sequences is:

1) Get your core body doing the right things.

2) Add arm and leg movements.

The reason for this approach is that arm and leg movements can be used to...
Forum: Links and References 03-01-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 408
Posted By CoachBobM
I have a camcorder which allows you to feed in an...

I have a camcorder which allows you to feed in an external input (e.g., from an underwater camera). But it seems to be harder nowadays to find camcorders that take external inputs.

I also have a...
Forum: Links and References 03-01-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Posted By CoachBobM
When lifeguards are looking for swimmers in...

When lifeguards are looking for swimmers in distress, sound usually isn't all that important a factor. I could imagine swimmers having problems hearing a lifeguard's whistle, but perhaps they...
Forum: Freestyle 02-25-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By CoachBobM
I would recommend getting the 1.0 Effortless...

I would recommend getting the 1.0 Effortless Endurance Self-Coaching Course, which is available through the STORE section of this site.


Bob
Forum: Freestyle 02-01-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By CoachBobM
I exhale through my nose and inhale through my...

I exhale through my nose and inhale through my mouth, and a reason why that works well is that I want to exhale slowly but inhale quickly. But do whatever works best for you.


Bob
Forum: Freestyle 01-31-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By CoachBobM
I suspect from your description that it is the...

I suspect from your description that it is the process of rolling that is momentarily pulling your head under water, and you are reacting by lifting your head, which unbalances you and prevents you...
Forum: Coach Blogs 01-31-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By CoachBobM
Yes. Even if I had to stop doing swim coaching...

Yes. Even if I had to stop doing swim coaching tomorrow, I would still have a lot of happy, satisfied memories from my time as a TI coach.

Having said that, I should share with you a riddle that...
Forum: Freestyle 01-30-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 856
Posted By CoachBobM
There were actually two versions of the blue and...

There were actually two versions of the blue and yellow book. Terry at one point revised the book to update the drills and make them more in line with what was then the current TI drill...
Forum: Favorite Practices and Sets 01-30-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By CoachBobM
The length of the pool where you are doing your...

The length of the pool where you are doing your practices is 1.33 times the length of a standard short course pool, so you should multiply your SPLs by about 3/4 to compute their equivalent in a 25m...
Forum: Butterfly 01-30-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 10,559
Posted By CoachBobM
Great news! Keep us informed about how you're...

Great news! Keep us informed about how you're doing!


Bob
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