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Forum: Freestyle 08-06-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 6,709
Posted By CoachDavidShen
RE: CoachBobM Perhaps this video I did will help...

RE: CoachBobM

Perhaps this video I did will help with the exercise he describes: https://youtu.be/J5xMFIJ_TkA
Forum: O2 in H20: Breathing Skills 07-09-2018
Replies: 48
Views: 19,673
Posted By CoachDavidShen
We have been posting on breathing lately. Did you...

We have been posting on breathing lately. Did you read Mat Hudson's post: http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/matters-breathe/? A few of us have been teaching more and more proper diaphragmatic...
Forum: Links and References 07-09-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I believe he wore Aquasphere Seal Masks:...

I believe he wore Aquasphere Seal Masks: https://amzn.to/2u5OTeP
Forum: Freestyle 07-08-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3,795
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Hey CoachDShen here - thanks for watching my...

Hey CoachDShen here - thanks for watching my video!

Can you tell me when in the stroke you are forming the catch? The earlier you form the catch prior to body rotation to the other side, the higher...
Forum: Freestyle 06-11-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Arching the back will induce a downward force at...

Arching the back will induce a downward force at the hips/legs. Since water is not solid, you are only bracing against your buoyancy point, which is at your lungs, where the air keeps you afloat....
Forum: Freestyle 06-10-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
You're welcome! Raising my own education level to...

You're welcome! Raising my own education level to fix the issues that swimmers face in their body has been a long but fruitful journey. Happy to provide other resources or give you my perspective on...
Forum: Freestyle 06-10-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Ha thanks! As mentioned, I think it depends on...

Ha thanks!



As mentioned, I think it depends on the skill/experience/mobility level of the person. For most of my clients, it is better that they do not feel any strain at all when they put their...
Forum: Freestyle 06-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
You pose an interesting and complex question!...

You pose an interesting and complex question! I'll answer it like this:

1. In general, muscles must lengthen before they can contract.

2. In essence, loading the muscle via either eccentric...
Forum: Freestyle 06-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 2,698
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Without knowing the context in which those TI...

Without knowing the context in which those TI coaches taught you, I'll answer with this perspective. Generally when the recovering arm has reached the entry point at the head, you'll need to be...
Forum: Freestyle 06-03-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Great to hear! And note that your depth is not...

Great to hear! And note that your depth is not permanent. You can actually work to get it higher. If the spear is higher, you can project more energy forward and thus increase your speed. However,...
Forum: Freestyle 06-02-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,759
Posted By CoachDavidShen
First wow, that post was a long time ago! I...

First wow, that post was a long time ago! I forgot I even wrote that!

Many new insights from then. I was thinking about doing a video about some of the new insights, and very related to patient lead...
Forum: Freestyle 05-04-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,902
Posted By CoachDavidShen
There is a natural deceleration that happens when...

There is a natural deceleration that happens when you stop adding propulsion through the stroke back/spear forward. The idea here is to minimize this deceleration in this phase. I still have days in...
Forum: Freestyle 05-04-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,902
Posted By CoachDavidShen
This is why I emphasize Skate should be practiced...

This is why I emphasize Skate should be practiced and mastered by everyone! If you are forcefully holding it, I would advocate that you practice Skate so that you can hold it without so much force,...
Forum: Freestyle 05-04-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2,902
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I typically advocate getting really good at...

I typically advocate getting really good at holding the body angle in Skate so as to *not* be rolling when you finish the stroke at the hip and you are recovering.

If you are begin to roll back...
Forum: Links and References 03-26-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,948
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I use cheap Gopro clones from Amazon from...

I use cheap Gopro clones from Amazon from Lightdow:

https://amzn.to/2pK54M2

If filming yourself, I use a suction cup mount similar to this:

https://amzn.to/2GaXGQO

If I film someone else, I stick...
Forum: How To Swim A Mile 01-26-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 2,577
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I am a huge fan of this. I try to get my swimmers...

I am a huge fan of this. I try to get my swimmers to breathe from the diaphragm always. Out of all the clients I've met, only one exhibited diaphragmatic breathing when I met them initially. So...
Forum: Freestyle 01-26-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Yes 1.0 Effortless Endurance would be a great...

Yes 1.0 Effortless Endurance would be a great place to start. Note that the TI book that you find on Amazon was written quite a while ago. While many of the techniques will work, TI has evolved...
Forum: Freestyle 01-26-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,788
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Hey Streak thanks for the link to my blog. The...

Hey Streak thanks for the link to my blog. The old blog is still up at www.dshen.com, but my new blog is now here at http://www.coachdshen.com/blog/. My swimming posts are all in the Swimming...
Forum: Freestyle 12-12-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 2,345
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Here is a Youtube video I did for ankle mobility...

Here is a Youtube video I did for ankle mobility that may help you:

https://youtu.be/CEHzeNjtYL8

If you really want to get into things, you should look to improve your diaphragmatic breathing and...
Forum: Freestyle 11-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,051
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I should also say that for a lot of people,...

I should also say that for a lot of people, neoprene shorts don't work. I've videoed several already and they were still dragging their hips in the water, despite wearing neoprene jammers.
Forum: Freestyle 11-08-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 2,672
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Great to have here in the forum! The old yellow...

Great to have here in the forum! The old yellow and blue book is still out there, but there are new ebooks and videos available at http://www.totalimmersion.net. I would encourage you to check those...
Forum: Freestyle 11-08-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,051
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I always advise my clients to wear speedo swim...

I always advise my clients to wear speedo swim briefs or jammers. Wearing board shorts or traditional swim shorts will increase drag and can impede learning. This is because if drag has increased,...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,726
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Great to see another TI swimmer here! First,...

Great to see another TI swimmer here!

First, there is a new TI teaching material package called Ultra-Efficient Freestyle:...
Forum: Freestyle 05-12-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By CoachDavidShen
I believe there is SG for drilling and there is...

I believe there is SG for drilling and there is your challenge of the ultimate SG. Depending on your situation, that could mean slight alterations of what you might do in SG in order to hit your...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 05-11-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 6,517
Posted By CoachDavidShen
Safety always first. And you never know how...

Safety always first. And you never know how you'll respond in choppier conditions. There have been experienced swimmers who have died in those conditions so even those who have been doing this for a...
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