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This video will teach you how to improve your swimming performance for triathlon races.
Is your weakest, it's the one that you haven't worked on as much so that we can break these habits early. Alright, one of the main principles I preach with swimming is, there is this mid-line from all the way up here, all the way down. I never want you to cross the mid-line with your hands.
Alright, there are just a few simple steps that I want you to think about, never cross this mid-line. So when you are swimming upon your entry, I don't want you to cross this mid-line up here and I don't want you to cross the mid-line down here.
If you are swimming like that, what happen if your arm comes around? One, you start to pull this direction and two, you are throwing out your hip and so you are going to be swimming in the water like this, like a worm. Alright, and we don't want to do that. We want to be as efficient as possible and swim straight. So when I start to swim segment again, our swim segment is only about an hour or fifteen minutes but the goal here is to try to compact a lot into an hour or fifteen minutes. But I am going to have you start swimming like a barge, like a barge going through the water and then eventually, I want to turn you into a speedboat. So you are cutting through the water like this, instead of swimming like this.
But the first thing I want you to think about is to not cross our mid-line. So what I want you to do is 225's and I want you to rest 10 seconds at the end and I just want to you to feel what is it like when I am swimming; am I crossing the mid-line or not and then Philip and I are going to be looking at your swim stroke along the way. So 225’s and rest 10 seconds.
Okay John, your hand entry is good up top. Eric, you are crossing your mid-line some down here but your hand entry is good. Now, three or four of you I mentioned penguins, and that means that you are crossing your mid-line up here. So if you are crossing your mid-line, I want you to swim like a penguin. When I say swim like a penguin, I want you to picture what does the penguin look like, well the flippers are out here on the side, then how does it swim; swims like this.
Alright, so that's how I want you to swim. I want you to swim and feel like your arms are way out like this. Now Andrew, I don't want you to do that because you are already out like this and we are going to bring you in, but I want everyone else to try to swim like a penguin, so I want you to feel like your arms are way out like this. Now, where is my mid-line? Its right here but I want your arms to be way out. Alright, so we are going to 225's like that again.
Okay, first person ready, go. What we are concentrating on is the initial thing that I like to have people start with is to think of the basics of swimming, that's not to cross this mid-line, which is the point straight, up above your head, all the way through your torso area and down your body. If we can get them not to cross their mid-line, then they are less likely to go like a worm or a snake in the water. So we want them to be as efficient as possible and going straight as possible. And if we can do that, they are going to be swimming more like a barge in the water and then we want to rotate them later, so that they swim more air dynamically in the water. But right now, I just want to start from the top, down because the top, if any of this starts crossing, that's going to affect the rest of the body. Doesn’t it feel awkward?
Right and I don't want you to roll right now. Kim, at least upon your entry right now, that's how I want you to swim the rest of your life. Okay, here is Sally, she's actually -- she was a penguin, look how far out she has come. So she is actually over-exaggerating and I am sure it's going to feel like she was way out.
Sally, how did that feel, one of the most awkward things you ever done? Good. Right and I don't want you to think about rolling right now. John, I want you to bring your arms in, so I want you to go back to your normal swimming. And Gwen, I want you to continue swimming like that, where is that awkward feel because you think you are swimming out here but you rea