Total Immersion Forums  

Go Back   Total Immersion Forums > Freestyle
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-07-2014
larryc larryc is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 22
Default Erratic kicking is ruining my swimming

I posted something about this in another topic, and am posting it here because I am desperate to get this fixed.

I've gotten my kick so it's fluid, kicking from the hips, mostly relaxed, in control. It works fine -- until I add my arms. Then it's as if someone yelled "Now kick as fast and erratic as you can right now, or I'm going to shoot you in 10 seconds."

So the kick speeds up (a lot), it's not rhythmic, legs sometimes go out too wide, body starts to sink, breathing goes haywire.

When I come up for a breath, the kick gets even worse and by the time I get to the other end of the pool, I'm totally exhausted.

I have tried:
- Taking out the kick -- just working on arms. Fine.
- Working just on kicking (with and without a kick board). Fine.
- Starting with the kick, then adding the arms. Not fine.
- Starting with the arms, then adding the kick. Not fine.
- Forcefully trying to slow down the kick by counting "I will only kick X number of times." Did not work.

I'm perplexed. My excellent swim instructor is perplexed. I know if I can get this solved, I'll be home free. Help, please.

Last edited by larryc : 02-07-2014 at 08:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2014
CoachStuartMcDougal's Avatar
CoachStuartMcDougal CoachStuartMcDougal is offline
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,353

Hi Larry,

Your problem is quite common actually. For now stop thinking about the legs and what they are doing; kicking from the knees is causing much of the problem. Just let the kick go, quite the legs. The kick timing will come naturally believe it or not. A good focal to use is think you are swimming in a pool that's a foot and a half deep, and your toes will not hit the bottom. Think compact both depth and width, swim with the hips (legs will follow).

Continue to refine balance in drill and whole stroke, relaxation is key. Legs tend tighten up and over kick and/or splay as a result of the body being out of balance.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2014
larryc larryc is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 22

Thanks Stuart -- I meant to say "I'm now kicking from the hips" (THAT has taken me awhile, but I got it.)
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 04:26 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.