Posts Tagged With: 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: 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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Happy 25th, Swim Across America!

Although our Seattle Swim is only headed into it’s 4th season, our parent organization is getting a few grey hairs.  Oh, and along with that grey comes $40m raised to fight cancer.  What an achievement!  A note from the SwimAcrossAmerica.org website below, but check out the 25th Anniversary Video if you want to get pumped!

Each of you is making a difference!

Each of us has loved someone diagnosed with cancer, and we have seen family and friends battle its ravaging effects. Now, we pour our hearts into finding a cure. We are extremely proud to announce that, to date, Swim Across America has generated over $40 million towards the research, treatment and prevention of cancer… And we’ve achieved this by banding together and swimming across our nation’s beautiful open waters and pools.

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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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