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Check out this index of the Swim Speed Drill Videos.

The Top 10 Swim Speed Secrets (Excerpts, Tips, Tricks, Drills, and Workouts)

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We've checked the stats and these are YOUR Top 10 favorite Swim Speed stories, tips, excerpts, and drills from Sheila's books. Take a look: maybe you missed one!

Ariana Kukors’s Favorite Butterfly Drill: Vertical Dolphin Kick

Ariana's favorite drill for training a powerful, fast butterfly kick is “vertical dolphin kicking.” Watch her demonstrate this drill in this video.

Stroke Data Shows You How to Become a Faster Swimmer

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There is a valuable tool in swimming that lets you know if you are directing your energy the right way and holding water as you ratchet up the speed. It is called stroke data.

Aaron Peirsol’s Favorite Backstroke Drill: Scull and Pull

One of Aaron Peirsol’s favorite drills is the “scull and pull,” which is designed to help a swimmer feel for the catch from the extended straight-arm entry. Watch him demonstrate this drill in this video.

The Curvilinear Path Is Not an Illusion

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The curvilinear path in elite swimming is not an illusion caused by body rotation or elbow flexion. It’s undeniably present in the world’s fastest swimmers.

Vladimir Morozov’s Straight-Arm Freestyle Swimming Technique Underwater Photographs

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Vladimir Morozov swims freestyle uses a straight-arm technique. See an underwater photo of his stroke from Swim Speed Strokes.

Peter Vanderkaay’s Favorite Freestyle Drill: Catch-Up

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Watch Peter Vanderkaay demonstrate the Catch-Up Drill in this video based on Swim Speed Strokes.

Let’s Talk About the S Pull in Swimming

Elizabeth Beisel demonstrates the S Curve in freestyle swimming.

Because of the feedback we’ve gotten on Facebook, I will offer a short explanation of what I mean by “S-pull” and how all elite swimmers today show it in their stroke.

Why Do All Elite Swimmers Use a Curvilinear Stroke Pattern?


After getting many comments about this post on Facebook, Sheila Taormina has written a response that more fully explains the S pull in swimming in this new post: Let's Talk About the S Pull in Swimming.

Laura Sogar’s Favorite Breaststroke Drill: Breast Arms, Flutter Kick

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Watch elite swimmer Laura Sogar demonstrate her favorite breaststroke drill in this video.

What is “feel for the water”? Sheila Taormina explains.

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The best swimmers in the world are masters at feeling the water. But what does that mean? Sheila Taormina explains.

Lift vs. Drag: Which Matters Most to Swimming Speed?

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Sheila Taormina explores the contributions that lift and drag make to the underwater pull in all four swimming strokes.

Roll Call! Who Are the Elite Swimmers Featured in Swim Speed Strokes?

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Alright, let’s get something straight. Sheila Taormina has one heck of a Rolodex. Get to know the elite swimmers whose technique is examined in Swim Speed Strokes.

Which Arm Is Swimming Which Stroke? A Quiz for Swimmers and Triathletes

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Can you tell which arm is swimming which stroke? Take this quiz!

How do you do a push-up in the water? Try a Press-Out Drill.

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The Press-Out Drill is an easy way to get in some quick upper body and core strength training in the middle of any swim workout. Watch Sheila Taormina demonstrate in this video.

Swim Tubing Drills and the Freestyle Diagonal Phase

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In this video, Sheila demonstrates how to drill the diagonal phase using swim tubing.

No More Sloppy Off the Wall! How to Perfect Your Freestyle Streamline

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Even triathletes need to work on their streamline to improve their hydrodynamics but also to improve their upper arm and shoulder flexibility and mobility for a more effective reach phase of the stroke.

The Swimmer’s Secret Weapon: Tubing Drills

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Just as regular dryland strength training can turbocharge your swimming, spending just 3-5 minutes after every workout with effective swim tubing drills can make you rock-solid strong.

The Single Best Swimming Drill: The Freestyle One-Arm Drill

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Possibly the most valuable drill in any swimmer's regular practice is the freestyle one-arm drill. Watch Sheila Taormina demonstrate.

How to Do a Freestyle Swimming Sculling Drill

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The freestyle swimming sculling drill is a great drill to improve feel for the water and forearm strength.

Timing the Finish in Serape Swimming

Which direction is the hip drive in serape swimming? Does the hip drive upward or forward? And when: before or after EVF (the catch)? Sheila answers.

Swim Speed Workouts: Hand Entry Drill Video

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The Hand-Entry Drill helps swimmers feel the water from the moment their hand enters the water. The Hand-Entry Drill also improves the high-elbow catch.

Swim Speed Workouts: Finish Drill Video #2

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The Finish Drill trains the pitch and forward thrust of the finish phase of the underwater pull. Since this drill is done underwater, it also builds lung capacity.

Swim Speed Workouts: Recovery or Out-of-Water or Over Water Drill Video

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The recovery drill teaches swimmers how to properly lift their arms from the water after the finish. A good recovery helps load the muscles with tension for the serape core drive.

Swim Speed Workouts: An Introduction to Swimming Butterfly

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For athletes going all the way with Swim Speed Workouts, Sheila introduces the basic motions of the butterfly swimming stroke.

Swim Speed Workouts: 50 Free Press-Out Drill

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Press-Outs build the upper body, shoulder, and upper back muscle strength required for the high-elbow underwater stroke. You can think of them like push-ups for swimmers.

Swim Speed Workouts: Finish Drill

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The Finish Drill helps swimmers focus on the last part of the underwater stroke, the finish phase. Sheila Taormina describes an ideal finish in her book Swim Speed Workouts.

Swim Speed Workouts: Streamline Kick on Back Drill Video

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The Streamline Kick on Back is three drills in one. You'll get immediate feedback on the streamline of your body. You'll build your core muscles. And you'll strengthen your kick.

Swim Speed Workouts: Dog-Paddle Drill Video

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The Dog Paddle Drill strengthens your core and upper body while also improving some aspects of streamline and feel for the water. It also looks kind of hilarious.

Swim Speed Workouts: Serape Kicking Drill Video

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In this video, David Morgan demonstrates the proper positioning for the Serape Kicking Drill.

Swim Speed Workouts: Standing Scull Drill or Tornado Drill with Peter Vanderkaay

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Finally, watch Olympic swimmer and multiple medalist Peter Vanderkaay demonstrate his own tornado.

Swim Speed Workouts: Freestyle Flutter Kick Drill Video

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This video is a simple demonstration of good freestyle flutter kicking technique using a kickboard. If you are prone to cramping during kick sets, take a look at this video and at these tips from Sheila Taormina on how to avoid kick set cramping.

Swim Speed Workouts: Tarzan Drill with Peter Vanderkaay

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The Tarzan Drill has been a mainstay in swim programs around the world for decades because it builds upper body strength, stroke power, a faster turnover, and core muscles.

Sculling: The Most Important Drill for Developing Your Feel for the Water

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Sculling is the most important drill for swimmers.

How a Tornado Can Help You Develop a Better Feel for the Water

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The Tornado Drill can help you develop a better feel for the water.

How to Shoot Great Underwater Swimming Photos

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Professional photographer Daniel J. Smith offers his tips for shooting great underwater swimming technique photos.

Swim Speed Secrets: Recovery Drill

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The recovery drill teaches swimmers how to properly lift their arms from the water after the finish.

Swim Speed Secrets: Streamline Drill

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Learn how to properly streamline underwater and you can improve your hydrodynamics and also improve your upper arm and shoulder flexibility and mobility for a more effective reach phase of the stroke.

Swim Speed Secrets Drill: Halo Bench Tubing Drills

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Sheila demonstrates how to use Halo swim tubing on a Halo bench in this video below.

Swim Speed Secrets: Press-Out Drill

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Sheila Taormina's favorite swimming drill is the Press-Out Drill because it builds crazy strength for the underwater pull.

Swim Speed Secrets Drill: Catch-Up Drill

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Swim Speed Secrets Drill: One-Arm Pull with Kickboard

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The One-Arm Pull with Kickboard is a variation on the One-Arm Drill that some swimmers find easier. Swimming with one arm at a time immediately reveals uneven strokes.

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