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Old 12-18-2009
CoachKevin CoachKevin is offline
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Default Can a swimmer be streamlined without being balanced?

I got an e-mail from somebody who posed these questions:
1) Isn't balance part of streamlining?
2) How can I be streamlined if my hips & legs are low?
My answer to #1 is, not really. I'm leaving room for interpretation here depending on what some folks think of as "streamlining". I take it to mean a straight line from fingertips to toes. If that's the case, one can definitely be streamlined, but out of balance IMHO. So in answer to #2 , I'd say keep making that straight line & go work on your balance.
Anybody want to weigh in on this?
Kevin T. Millerick
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Old 12-19-2009
daveblt daveblt is offline
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I agree . You can be streamlined by aiming toward the pool bottom in a straight line or vice versa . However , combining balance and streamlining together is the trick to feeling totally supported by the water.

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Old 12-21-2009
asbarden asbarden is offline
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This is probably one of those "semantic" disagreements, which are not really disagreements at all. That said, my two cents is this: "Traditionally" trained swimmers have spent a lot of time and effort trying to get themselves streamlined (while, at the same time, swimming "hard"), and have hardly ever thought much about balance.

I am a traditionally trained swimmer. When I first starting swimming with the TI approach, being in balance didn't feel very streamlined. The better I get, the more streamlined I become while staying in balance. Therefore, only speaking for myself, it's been more like "keep staying in balance and go work on your streamlining." That's only my experience, for what it's worth.

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