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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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!

Distance per Stroke vs. Swim Stroke Rate: How to Find Your Swimming Cadence

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You need to know your swimming stroke rate. If you don't, there's a good chance you're leaving speed in the water.

Freestyle Swimming Core Strength: Timing, Rhythm, and Momentum

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Your swimming tempo or stroke rate is as important as stroke count. A swimmer must strive to lower either of the two numbers without adversely affecting the over-all equation. Sheila discusses how timing can enable improvements in your swimming equation.

Freestyle Swimming Core Strength: Driving from the Hips

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In her book Swim Speed Workouts, 4-time Olympian Sheila Taormina describes a key concept for developing your fastest freestyle, the Serape Core Drive.

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.

Science Proves that Technique Is the Most Important Factor in Fast Swimming

The book FASTER: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed by scientist and triathlete Jim Gourley confirms a fact we already know: technique is the most important part of fast swimming.

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