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Old 01-30-2016
Zenturtle Zenturtle is offline
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Default swimpace dependant optimal posture

Curious if others have the same experience.
When swimming slow relaxed pace, it seems the optimal posture to keep the legs high with minimal kicking is with a relative rounded back, pressing the T by pressing the upper back a bit deeper in the water.
That way swimming backstroke is almost as lying in an inflated inner car tube and paddling a bit , just floating along.
At max effort the line straightens more, also to reach maximum extension to get the catch as far forward as possible, and make snapping form side to side easier.
Sinking isnt such a problem at higher pace probably,and straightening, toning and streamlining are becoming more important.
We are talking subtle differences, but enough to notice.
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Old 01-31-2016
fooboo fooboo is offline
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I found that natural, streight posture worked the best for me. Have to
lean a bit on the back. After a bit of thinkering about a kick, I think for
me it is fine to keep legs firm, streight and to kick from the hip in a
small angle.
Difference might be I use rotation a lot. I swim on the side and set
palm down. Recovery shines here. That momentum wins. I have to
find the way to do the same in freestyle, without looking as an idiot.
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