I think an important thing to be aware of when trying to improve your swimming speed is that it is possible to do so with different swimming techniques – there is no one perfect technique that suits everyone.  The right swimming technique for you is the one that is most effective for you.  To illustrate this point you can look at the following two videos – of Rebecca Adlington and Janet Evans – and note the very different front crawl techniques.

Rebecca Adlington:

Janet Evans:

Most of you will be familiar with Rebecca Adlington and that she is the 800m long course world record holder with an incredible time of 8:14 (averaging less than 62s for each100m!).  Rebecca broke Janet Evans’ world record in Beijing, which at the time was the longest standing womens swimming world record.  You will notice from the video that they both have very different strokes, so how come they can both swim quickly?

I believe the reason such different strokes can be so effective is that they both have very effective strokes underwater even though their arms do very different things above the water.  This is why I try and ask you all to pay such attention to your underwater stroke – based on a strong catch – pressing all the way through with your hand.  I think it is easiest to achieve this by improving your “feel” for the water – using different drills to help you develop your “feel” – rather than trying too hard to emulate the “perfect” stroke.  Different strokes can be very effective – you just need to experiment a bit and find out what is going to improve the effectiveness of yours!

We will continue do a mixture of aerobic swims, technique and faster paced swims this week and I we will do some more time trials at the end of April to check how we are all progressing.  Don’t forget – some of the most important times to think about your technique are at the end of the main set when you get tired – holding good form will keep you swimming faster, for longer and at less effort.  See you Saturday!

Rob

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