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.
Check out this index of the Swim Speed Drill Videos.
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’s favorite drill for training a powerful, fast butterfly kick is “vertical dolphin kicking.” Watch her demonstrate this drill in this video.
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.
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 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 swims freestyle uses a straight-arm technique. See an underwater photo of his stroke from Swim Speed Strokes.
Watch Peter Vanderkaay demonstrate the Catch-Up Drill in this video based on Swim Speed Strokes.
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.
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.
Watch elite swimmer Laura Sogar demonstrate her favorite breaststroke drill in this video.
The best swimmers in the world are masters at feeling the water. But what does that mean? Sheila Taormina explains.
Sheila Taormina explores the contributions that lift and drag make to the underwater pull in all four swimming strokes.
Four strokes are represented in these photos. Take this quiz and see if you can identify them!
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.
In this video, Sheila demonstrates how to drill the diagonal phase using swim tubing.
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.