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Old 11-16-2008
Charger Charger is offline
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Default Weak kick

I started learning to swim 3 weeks ago and I've read Total Immersion and have been using the freestyle DVD. Currently I'm on the double switch drill. My problem is I can only do the drills wearing fins. Otherwise I go no where. I'm starting to swim so I can do a triathlon, and I'm not sure if I should spend much time on my kick. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 11-16-2008
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Don't worry too much about doing the drills with fins. When you move up to whole-stroke swimming you'll be getting forward momentum from other means, such as weight shift. I don't have a great kick and go very slowly if I only kick, but occasionally find myself passing people who religiously use kickboards to motor up and down the pool with.
If you can use very short fins, or buy a cheap pair and cut a little off the length each week, that's a good way to move up to barefoot kicking.
I'm guessing you have a running background, and the inflexible ankles that tend to go with that. Fins will help to make your ankles a little more flexible.
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Old 11-19-2008
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Our students are far less dependent on fins now than they were three or more years ago. A main reason is exercises like Superman Glide and Superman Flutter and others featured on Lesson 1 of the newer Easy Freestyle DVD. You'll see this sequence referred to as a corrective in three other threads on the Freestyle conference.
You say you just started swimming three weeks, but your reference to double switch suggests you are using the earlier Freestyle Made Easy DVD, rather than the more up-to-date Easy Freestyle DVD (to avoid confusion with the earlier one I think maybe we should change its name to Perpetual Motion Free.

The balance sequence on the more recent DVD has been hugely successful for many students. You can follow the link above to get more info.
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Old 11-19-2008
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That stinks I bought the wrong DVD. I just picked up the TI book and then later saw the DVD on Amazon. Maybe I can get the new one for Christmas.
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Old 11-19-2008
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Not to worry. You can still make good progress with FME and it will prepare you -- as it did thousands of others -- to take another leap forward with the newer DVD. When you do order it, you'll have developed a foundation that should make subsequent learning and progress happen more quickly.

For the meantime, be mindful to avoid rotation too far in Skating or any of the Switch drills. Avoid rotating to a "stacked shoulders or hips" position.
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