Archives for the month of: October, 2012

We are again going to be focusing on the catch for the technique part of the session on Saturday and doing some drills for this. We will be doing the “quick catch” drill again, amongst others, so check out the video again to remind yourself:

It is the section from 1:01-1:45 that is most important and watch the nice high elbow of the swimmer at the catch.

If you want to watch a good underwater video of Ian Thorpe and his great high-elbow catch, check out:

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday swimming like Ian Thorpe!

Check out this video for a demonstration of some drills I will be setting at some upcoming Saturday sessions:

The two I want to focus on are the “quick catch” and “high swingers” drills.

Quick catch is a great drill I have used in sessions in the past and having done it myself think is a good one for working on the high elbow position for the catch at the start of the stroke.

“High Swingers” is a horrible name so I call it “Straight Arm Recovery” which I think is a bit more descriptive and a lot less naff. This is a great drill for working on shoulder roll and I have also found it very useful to cure a fault I see with many triathletes – over-reaching. Over-reaching at the front of your stroke puts you in a weak position for the catch and also can cause snaking as you reach too far forwards and kick your hips out of from their streamlined position. This drill stops that by bringing your arm straight over – with a good rotation – and ready for a strong catch.

Check out the video and get ready to try these drills if you haven’t already!

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