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Old 04-14-2012
dgk2009 dgk2009 is offline
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I must be learning something from T.I because I now realize my problem with swimming is balance,I have a huge balance problem so I'm going back to basics,MY SUPERMAN GLIDE SUCKS!!!,I make it about 5-10 feet and my legs sink like a Led Zeppelin,how can I improve on this,if I cant get balanced
I'm fighting a losing battle.
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Old 04-15-2012
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I must be learning something from T.I because I now realize my problem with swimming is balance,I have a huge balance problem so I'm going back to basics,MY SUPERMAN GLIDE SUCKS!!!,I make it about 5-10 feet and my legs sink like a Led Zeppelin,how can I improve on this,if I cant get balanced
I'm fighting a losing battle.
The SG drill has several uses and all of them are subtle. It doesn't matter if your legs sink eventually, just get these feelings for as long as you can.
1. To learn to relax in the water. Be able to lay flat without listing to one side or the other.
2. Learn to let your head sink into support.
3. Establish spearing targets for your relaxed hands, on the rails.
4. Experiment with head position to find the position that lets you keep forward momentum the longest.
5. Experiment with "laying on your lungs", subtle weight shifts forward (along with relaxing the shoulders) to maximize the feeling of forward momentum.
6. Sometimes the SG glide is about holding an extreme position (hands on or just under the surface rather than in target position) and keeping the heels up so you can glide long distances but some people's legs will eventually sink ( including Terry's if you watch him do SG on the Perpetual Motion video).

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-15-2012
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SG is a funny thing. I like to have a watch or a marker in the pool sometimes and shuffle it along the edge as I get further and further with my push off, its amazing how much it can change within 10 minutes.

I also have days when I can float until my oxygen runs out and more often days when my legs go down after 10 seconds.

SG is just a fun warm things so just enjoy it and do it regularly.
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Old 04-15-2012
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I think I'm gonna try to do the work shop in Mineapolis in august,I think it would help me a lot.
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Old 04-16-2012
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What helped me to lift those sinking legs nearer the surface in Superman glide was to experiment with the position the outstretched arms were at in the glide.

When my arms were just under the surface my legs rapidly made their way to the bottom of the pool. By trial & error I found that if the elbows of my outstretched arms were below my head I was able to keep those heavy legs up & to glide for longer. Say that the water surface is 3 0 clock, I found that pointing my hands to about 4.30 made a big difference.

Give it a try, it worked for me.

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Old 04-18-2012
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Thanks,I'll give it a try,ever seen shinji's S.G,how the hell does he do that.
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Old 04-18-2012
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Thanks,I'll give it a try,ever seen shinji's S.G,how the hell does he do that.
Just to make you feel better, Shinji says that his body position is different for the super long glide on the video than it is when he drills for whole stroke. ....it is still amazing though.
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