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Forum: Freestyle 01-30-2011
Replies: 161
Views: 43,640
Posted By Alistair
I can't keep up with the volume in this thread...

I can't keep up with the volume in this thread but a number of you would benefit from high school physics.
Forum: Freestyle 01-27-2011
Replies: 161
Views: 43,640
Posted By Alistair
Lawrence - it seems you can test your squirt...

Lawrence - it seems you can test your squirt theory pretty easily? Just hook your toes over the edge of the pool, start your arms at whetever angle you think maximises squirt and rotate your body. If...
Forum: Freestyle 11-05-2010
Replies: 49
Views: 12,249
Posted By Alistair
Video of yourself is a great tool? Practice...

Video of yourself is a great tool?

Practice makes perfect.. if you practice the right stuff.

Stop watching that Shinji video and go swimming!
Forum: Freestyle 11-03-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 15,197
Posted By Alistair
How about you leave us alone and we'll leave you...

How about you leave us alone and we'll leave you alone?
Forum: Freestyle 11-02-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 15,197
Posted By Alistair
It's seen as an endurance or strength sport, not...

It's seen as an endurance or strength sport, not a skill sport. The fact that it's a skill sport like tennis is one of Terry's points I believe.
Forum: Freestyle 10-30-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 10,177
Posted By Alistair
There is... I'm doubting it right now :) Maybe...

There is... I'm doubting it right now :) Maybe one of the more advanced swimmers has posted a video with a 2BK and no arms, providing movement?

I don't think anyone doubts a 2BK can be an effective...
Forum: Freestyle 10-30-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 10,177
Posted By Alistair
Hi dshen - could you explain more about this...

Hi dshen - could you explain more about this drill? I can't quite envisage it... I suppose video is out of the question :)
Forum: Freestyle 10-29-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 10,177
Posted By Alistair
If I do a flutter kick, I quite possibly do more...

If I do a flutter kick, I quite possibly do more than 6. Nice to know there's a historical precedent :)

Isn't it pretty easy to tell how propulsive your kick is? Take up a streamlined position and...
Forum: Links and References 10-29-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 6,129
Posted By Alistair
Fat around the belly always struck me as more...

Fat around the belly always struck me as more likely to be a help than hindrance in swimming to be honest. Will be interested to hear the experience of someone with good awareness of balance as...
Forum: Freestyle 10-29-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 10,177
Posted By Alistair
You won't get any forward momentum purely from...

You won't get any forward momentum purely from spearing forward - in theory throwing your arm forward just throws your body back :) That's why ships all use boring old propellers instead of cool...
Forum: Freestyle 10-28-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 10,177
Posted By Alistair
If you're letting your arm 'drop' into the water...

If you're letting your arm 'drop' into the water it will have a natural speed - gravity's always the same. That speed will always be much the same, unless you hold your arm differently so it drops...
Forum: Freestyle 10-18-2010
Replies: 170
Views: 55,372
Posted By Alistair
I suspect a man's right arm is stronger than his...

I suspect a man's right arm is stronger than his left to a greater degree than is true for women. Maybe that's related.
Forum: Freestyle 10-15-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 25,976
Posted By Alistair
I don't want to give my opinion because the...

I don't want to give my opinion because the original poster is probably drowning in opinions now - I'll just say good luck :)
Forum: Freestyle 10-12-2010
Replies: 170
Views: 55,372
Posted By Alistair
Hi Haschu - thanks for the link. If you'd asked...

Hi Haschu - thanks for the link.

If you'd asked me I would have said that a deeper object would basically have to do more work to displace water into underwater regions, which seems harder to do...
Forum: Outside the Box: Open Water Swimming 10-10-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 6,562
Posted By Alistair
I'm fairly sure the idea that heat is lost...

I'm fairly sure the idea that heat is lost through the head just came about because the head is generally uncovered. Once you clothe it somehow, it becomes more like any other body part.
Forum: Freestyle 10-10-2010
Replies: 387
Views: 85,423
Posted By Alistair
Hi Flppr - congrats on your race result - that...

Hi Flppr - congrats on your race result - that was great. In this vid are you crossing toward your centreline with your left hand? Looks a bit like it.
Forum: Freestyle 10-08-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 25,976
Posted By Alistair
Really - I didn't know that... does everyone do...

Really - I didn't know that... does everyone do that?
Forum: Freestyle 10-07-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 25,976
Posted By Alistair
Are you counting a stroke whenever either hand...

Are you counting a stroke whenever either hand enters the water? I think other people just count, say, the left hand. Is your stroke count about 14 on that basis?
Forum: Racing 10-04-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 16,377
Posted By Alistair
Please do. Shinji has kind of become our mascot I...

Please do. Shinji has kind of become our mascot I feel :)
Forum: Freestyle 09-29-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 4,237
Posted By Alistair
There's more to being balanced in swimming than...

There's more to being balanced in swimming than the kind of static balance you see on a set of weighing scales. The fact the swimmer is moving in a liquid produces a whole range of forces, and these...
Forum: Freestyle 09-29-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 5,653
Posted By Alistair
Hi 202 - looks rather nice - much better than me...

Hi 202 - looks rather nice - much better than me :)

You are entering at a very shallow angle - i.e. you seem to reach straight ahead of your head, more or less parallel to the water surface, at the...
Forum: Freestyle 09-14-2010
Replies: 65
Views: 17,417
Posted By Alistair
Both of you are obviously much fitter than many...

Both of you are obviously much fitter than many of the people we see in the pool alongside us... so the answer might not be obvious, but there is a solution out there!
Forum: Freestyle 09-10-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 5,339
Posted By Alistair
I thought it about it that way too - I felt I was...

I thought it about it that way too - I felt I was anchoring with the catching hand and the kick kind of 'kicked me over the top of it'.

But the spear is happening at the same time, so not sure how...
Forum: Freestyle 09-09-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 7,708
Posted By Alistair
Thanks but no. Terry here compares driving the...

Thanks but no. Terry here compares driving the limbs from the body in the same way a pitcher or a boxer gets his bodyweight behind a throw or punch. Unfortunately, pitchers and boxers throw in the...
Forum: Freestyle 09-09-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 2,610
Posted By Alistair
I think precision comes from many many...

I think precision comes from many many repetitions :) I also find myself occasionally managing a nice sideways breath, and other times looking at the ceiling. The thing to avoid seems to be lifting...
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