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Swim Club Blog: You Need To Go With The Flow!!

Swim Club Swim Training Articles

The Endurance Store Swim Club provides you with simple swim training plans throughout the winter months. The plan runs October to October and is completely free. We only ask that you pre-register so that your training plans can be emailed directly.

Registration is free and you may unsubscribe at any time from the Swim Club and stop receiving updates. Overview of the swim plan be seen below, but before you start you need to complete a test to set your swim paces, then register and download the sessions. GO HERE to register for swim club.

There's just not enough R & R going on at the moment during the open water swim sessions and it's stifling people's swimming. Swimming is a technical sport, but technique is killing your performance.

There's too much over thinking, the swim strokes are over technical and almost robotic and they look absolutely awful. If there's 2 key things they are missing that elite swimmers have, it's a bit of R & R, that's relaxation and rhythm.

Yes, you've read about the high elbow during the pull phase and the catch on the water and how the hip needs to initiate the roll, which generates the overall power, which then transfers through the body. But let me give you a little bit of reality:

1. Most of it is way too complex for your level of swimming (unless you are elite)

2. As it's complex, you shouldn't be doing it until you have the basics (which most don't)

3. It's killing your swimming and ruining your performances

Yes, there are some basics you need to master. You need to keep your head down and stretch out in the water to balance your body and gain a long body position, but the focus on complex technicalities is ruining any rhythm and flow, which is the key element of swimming.

Things to focus on:

1. You have to be balanced in the water, stretch our and lean on your chest, keep your head down.

2. You have to be streamlined, not fishtailing and zigzagging, making a wide hole. Stretch out long and keep your head still. if your head moves side to side, the whiplash effect down your body will create a fishtail effect.

3. IMPORTANT - You need to relax when you're in the water, if you tense, you look like a robot and it kills the rhythm and flow. There should be no tension in the arms and shoulders.

4. IMPORTANT - You need a rhythm. The arms should show over with some sort of rhythm or timing. Think of a tune in your head and keep the timing and flow of your arms to that rhythm. Imagine you are a kayaker with a smooth, continuous flow of the paddle.

5. Establish a feel for the water. Can you feel the pressure of the water on your palm? From the catch point are you pressing on water until your hand leaves and starts the recovery? Relax and feel, don't tense/contract and press.

6. IMPORTANT - There should be no DEAD SPOT - NO PAUSE. Keep the arms moving in one smooth, flowing, relaxed movement. You can read about dead spot in the swim club blog titled 'swimmers, avoid the dreaded dead spot'. Forget all the high level technical stuff for now, it seems to have become more important than actually swimming faster.

Don't over analyse every aspect of your stroke. Get the basics right and then you need to relax, establish and rhythm and let it flow...

The Endurance Store Swim Club

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