Swim tips & training

Seattle Swim tip – breaststroke 3-2-1 kick drill for less resistance

That narrow kick is reducing resistance.

This week I thought we would change up the stroke to breaststroke.  Check out the simple 3-2-1 breaststroke drill anyone can do to improve their stroke by reducing resistance on the kick.  See you in the water.

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Seattle Swim tip – backstroke to free drill

Working towards this backstroke.

Hello everybody – here is a cool backstroke drill to use your freestyle rhythm and consistency to roll right into your backstroke. It’s getting warmer out there, which is great for swim season! See you in the water.

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Seattle Swim tip: Freestyle kick

Not as easy as it looks

Hey folks – Here is a little gem on incorporating a 6-beat kick into your stroke. I have some work to do this week!  See you in the water.

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Seattle Swim tip: flip turn step 4 of 5

You may not think so, but your flip turn is starting to look like this!

Hey there Seattle Swim participants. If you are in the pool here in March, hopefully this series is of some use.

Here is part 4 of the 5 part series on learning a flip turn.  See you in the water.

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Seattle Swim tip: Step 3 of 5 to a flip turn

Keep working at it!

Another step, 3rd of 5 in our sequence of learning a tight, efficient flip turn for pool training. Help us recruit a swimmer for next September. See you in the water.

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Seattle Swim tip: Step 2 of 5 to learn a flip turn

Just take it one step at a time.

Hi Everyone!  Here is the 2nd installment of the 5 step series to learn a flip turn for all of you winter pool swimmers out there.  See you in the water.

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Swimming lowers blood pressure

Lowering her blood pressure with every stroke

Good news for our Seattle Swim participants. Swimming lowers older adults’ blood pressure. Read more. http://ow.ly/9a6Cu

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Seattle Swim tip: Step 1 of 5 to a flip turn

Step 1: Understanding it's not as hard as it looks!

Many of us at Seattle Swim, definitely including yours truly, didn’t grow up on a swim team.  So as we have taken to swimming in our adult years for fitness or a new challenge, we may not have learned some of the basics.

Over the past year, I have worked a lot on a flip turn. We all know its not necessary to do one in the open water in September as we are out there getting it done to fight cancer. But its winter folks, and many of us don’t just swim a few times a year in preparation for Seattle Swim. We like to get in the pool once or a few times per week to stretch, get the old heart rate up, and gain strength all at once.

Speaking for myself, developing an efficient flip turn is one of those little items that makes pool training more enjoyable and allows me to focus more on my strokes and workout, not just turning around every lap.  In that spirit, we bring you the 1st of a 5 step series on a developing a great flip turn from scratch.  Enjoy, and we’ll see you in the water!

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Swim tip: freestyle flutter kick

Freestyle flutter kick technique

Since the majority of our event’s swimmers cover the Lake Washington distances of Seattle Swim with freestyle, we will shade our swim tips towards that stroke.

Never fear, however, as we will change it up just like you may want to in order to keep your training interesting.

In terms of freestyle, here is a swim tip video focused on improving your flutter kick.  I certainly learned something. Enjoy!  See you in the water.

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The winter workout

We have a good crew of 7-8 swimmers at a local pool that get up rather early to swim 3-4 mornings per week.  Roughly half are Seattle Swim veterans of our team including one of the founders of the event. The rest we plan to recruit this year, even if they don’t yet know it.

Here was the view of the sunrise over the Cascades after our workout this morning. Kinda made me feel like writing a post.

I was never a competitive swimmer, but since being recruited for my first Seattle Swim three years back, I have been slowly sucked into really enjoying the training and health benefits year-round. I really look forward to seeing folks in the morning, getting in a great workout, and having a clear head for the day. I have become a lot better swimmer and in better shape generally in the process. Much of this is thanks to Seattle Swim.

Thanks for the commitment, all you swimmers out there. I know it’s February, but start thinking about scaring up a team or registering individually for 2012. Sure it’s winter, but we’ll see you in the water.

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SeattleSwim tip: breaststroke drag

Nice tip on reducing drag easily

For all of you breaststrokers out there hitting the pool this winter, here is a tip of the week video on reducing breaststroke drag from your head position.  Enjoy!

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