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Forum: Freestyle 04-20-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 9,052
Posted By CoachGaryF
I think peak catch is achieved at about the same...

I think peak catch is achieved at about the same time your body is in a flat position. During the first half of body rotation the arm is transitioning from spear to catch. I can see this being called...
Forum: Freestyle 11-19-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 11,457
Posted By CoachGaryF
I'm the contrarian in Florida who is not...

I'm the contrarian in Florida who is not particularly wild about this single arm drill. Terry and I have talked about it a few times, and we mostly just have a different view here. Being adults...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 8,755
Posted By CoachGaryF
Sherry, I can swim comfortably for about as long...

Sherry,
I can swim comfortably for about as long as I like at a 1.4 tempo, mostly because I am able to swim a modest speeds and very low heart rate. You will also find great value in swimming at...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 20,962
Posted By CoachGaryF
Hi Swim2BFree, I can't speak for the TI coaches...

Hi Swim2BFree,

I can't speak for the TI coaches I don't know, but the ones I've worked with and know reasonably well had pretty impressive credentials as swimmers and coaches prior to being involved...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 8,755
Posted By CoachGaryF
Sherry, Breathing once every 4 strokes at the...

Sherry,
Breathing once every 4 strokes at the tempos you described means a breath every 6 to 7 seconds. Now you're down to 9 or 10 breaths a minute. I think that has a lot to do with why you can't...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 20,962
Posted By CoachGaryF
Charles, I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I...

Charles,
I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I should probably come up with a snappy signature here with titles and links to my website and stuff! (-;
Gary
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 29,353
Posted By CoachGaryF
You do get a little propulsion in the single arm...

You do get a little propulsion in the single arm drill, but I'd argue that it is both quantitatively AND qualitatively different from what's experienced in whole stroke swimming. As you spear into...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 29,353
Posted By CoachGaryF
Charles, With regard to the single arm drill (I...

Charles,

With regard to the single arm drill (I think you mean the one where you keep the non-stroking arm resting at your side), I would say that is essentially correct. I think the primary...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 20,962
Posted By CoachGaryF
As a young swim coach I used to pull kids aside...

As a young swim coach I used to pull kids aside after practice and help them with flip turns, butterfly technique, etc just because I wanted my team to be better. It never occurred to me that I was...
Forum: Freestyle 09-24-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 8,755
Posted By CoachGaryF
To Jose and Smat, I completely understand your...

To Jose and Smat,
I completely understand your frustration in hitting a plateau. I don't think that means you abandon smart swimming with explicit focal points. That's the main difference I see in...
Forum: Freestyle 09-22-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 29,353
Posted By CoachGaryF
I also think you have to have both...

I also think you have to have both elements--anchor and weight shift--for this to work. A weight shift that isn't tethered to an anchor won't do squat. (For those inclined to speak in hip-centric...
Forum: Freestyle 09-22-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 29,353
Posted By CoachGaryF
I'm more inclined to go with something closer to...

I'm more inclined to go with something closer to Terry's original answer. Not because he's Terry, but because I think there are other weight shift = forward momentum models to look at. Weight...
Forum: Freestyle 09-22-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 4,128
Posted By CoachGaryF
Tony, A fit person who gets fatigued after a...

Tony,
A fit person who gets fatigued after a length or two generally has one or more of these problems:

1. Not breathing often enough. Breathing every 3rd or 4th stroke just won't fuel your body...
Forum: Freestyle 09-22-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 8,755
Posted By CoachGaryF
Here's how I'd do the math based on 1760 yards in...

Here's how I'd do the math based on 1760 yards in 1 mile:
1760 yards = 70.5 lengths in a 25 yard pool;
To complete 70.5 lengths in 1800 seconds (30 minutes) you need to swim each length in 25.5...
Forum: Freestyle 09-22-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 7,632
Posted By CoachGaryF
Shark fin isn't so different from Swing Skate (I...

Shark fin isn't so different from Swing Skate (I like the term shark fin when working with little kids, because they like imitating animals.) You'll need considerably more rotation than suggested in...
Forum: Freestyle 09-21-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 8,159
Posted By CoachGaryF
I mostly tell my clients to allow their legs to...

I mostly tell my clients to allow their legs to function in swimming as their arms function in walking. We've had pretty good success with those who really struggle with 2-beat kick using the Finis...
Forum: Freestyle 09-21-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 6,018
Posted By CoachGaryF
My thoughts on video 1: I prefer being a bit...

My thoughts on video 1: I prefer being a bit more rotated on "swing" drills, as it helps me stay more stable. Otherwise I feel like I'm fighting gravity, trying not to fall to a flat position. I'm...
Forum: Butterfly 09-20-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 11,713
Posted By CoachGaryF
Given a push off of perhaps 6 yards per 25 yard...

Given a push off of perhaps 6 yards per 25 yard pool length, my easy freestyle stroke count is 12 strokes (1:30 TT setting.) My fly count is more like 9 strokes per 25 yards.

But I don't think I'd...
Forum: Butterfly 09-20-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 10,969
Posted By CoachGaryF
I prefer to keep the tempo trainer set for a full...

I prefer to keep the tempo trainer set for a full fly stroke per beep, using mode 1 which is seconds per cycle (a stroke and a stroke cycle are the same thing for fly.) To swim a true rhythmic fly...
Forum: Links and References 12-08-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 29,379
Posted By CoachGaryF
I think before and after footage, perhaps...

I think before and after footage, perhaps including clips of hands-on coaching along the way, is something that is absent and worth highlighting on the TI site. Any website/swimming company can talk...
Forum: Freestyle 07-18-2010
Replies: 58
Views: 34,804
Posted By CoachGaryF
Rhythmically I liken the kick/spear timing to...

Rhythmically I liken the kick/spear timing to that of a grace note in music: the kick occurs just prior to spearing in earnest. My downbeat in the kick finishes at about mid-spear, or at about the...
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