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Old 03-06-2010
Alex-SG Alex-SG is offline
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Default Shoulder flexibility: HOW?

I notice that my first few strokes are OK (recovery lead by elbows, high elbows, marionette hand/forearm).

After a while, as I get tired, I can feel my elbows not coming forward as much. On the contrary I can see my spearing hand/forearm way ahead of the elbow (may be 45deg).

Any Land or water exercises/drills to improve shoulder flexibility so that I do not have to force my elbows high and forward? Thanks. ALEX
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Old 03-06-2010
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I notice that my first few strokes are OK
(recovery lead by elbows, high elbows, marionette hand/forearm).

After a while, as I get tired, I can feel my elbows not coming forward as much. On the contrary I can see my spearing hand/forearm way ahead of the elbow (may be 45deg).

Any Land or water exercises/drills to improve shoulder flexibility so that I do not have to force my elbows high and forward?
Thanks. ALEX
this is always why i swam breast stroke or even side stroke.
this is why this freestyle CRAWL has always been my challenge...

if you do n't lose it!
. . . do n't u lose it?
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Old 03-06-2010
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...Any Land or water exercises/drills to improve shoulder flexibility so that I do not have to force my elbows high and forward? Thanks. ALEX
Get a piece of lightweight latex banding or a very soft stretch cord and attach it to something about knee height. Bend forward from the waist with the cord/band in one hand, arm stretched out straight in front in streamline position. Slowly bring your hand downwards while trying to keep the elbow in the same place. Keep the motion gentle and slow, don't overdo it. About ten each side every day before you head out the door to the pool makes a good warmup.
A stretch that you can do in the pool at the shallow end consists of just standing beside the wall with your arm on the edge of the pool deck straight in front of you. Again, gently press your hand down while raising the elbow.
Don't forget to stretch your upper chest/pectoral muscles as well. Tight chest muscles from desk work can also limit your shoulder flexibility.
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Old 03-12-2010
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Thanks Rhoda, by the way, how to do stretch your CHEST?

I wish there was a "TI stretching & Strength building" DVD teaching us:

1. Warm up stretching routine
2. Land stretch exercises for TI Swimming
3. Land strength exercises to build TI related muscles

ALEX
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