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Learning the Importance of a Strong Kick

When I made the move from college swimming to open water swimming and started training for my English Channel swim, I all but gave up on kick sets.  I was focused on getting as much distance in as I could. … Continue reading

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Underwater Dolphin Kick Requires Education and Dedication

Underwater Dolphin Kick Requires Education and Dedication

I attended the Central States Swim Clinic this past weekend, and talked to a number of coaches and swimmers about underwater dolphin kick. The consensus was that the “5th stroke” of underwater kicking has certainly made a big impact on … Continue reading

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Freestyle Side-Kicking Drill with a Twist

I am sure most of you have done the basic side-kicking drill during a swim workout. This common drill works on body position by having one arm extended out in front and the other arm lying flat at your side. … Continue reading

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Working the Legs with Tombstone Kicking

Working the Legs with Tombstone Kicking

Sometimes people underestimate the importance of kicking. A strong kick while swimming raises the body position so that you are riding on top of the water. Also, strong kicks off the start and turns can be the difference between making … Continue reading

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Sample Workout – Energy Systems

This is a sample workout that I swam yesterday. It focuses on swimming easy around 65% to 70% effort level which Clive Rushton calls the Aerobic Capacity energy system. Swimming at an easy effort level with a heart rate ranging … Continue reading

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When the Real Novice Gets Wet

When the Real Novice Gets Wet

My wife, who has never swam a day in her life besides a few doggie-paddle lengths, has decided to take on the challenge of a 3.8km ocean swim and do an Ironman… How does she get started swimming from ground … Continue reading

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5 Techniques to Improve Your Kick

5 Techniques to Improve Your Kick

We’ve talked before about how important it is to use your kick to maximize your speed and performance in the water and how ankle flexibility can help. Here are some more techniques for enhancing leg strength and muscle endurance. 1. … Continue reading

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Stop Fighting the Water! Part 5

Stop Fighting the Water! Part 5

Start using your feet: How to work on ankle flexibility Today I’m going to talk a bit about how to improve your ankle flexibility and eventually your overall propulsion from your kick. One of swimming’s unique aspects is that the … Continue reading

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