Check out this index of the Swim Speed Drill Videos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Possibly the most valuable drill in any swimmer's regular practice is the freestyle one-arm drill. Watch Sheila Taormina demonstrate.
The freestyle swimming sculling drill is a great drill to improve feel for the water and forearm strength.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For athletes going all the way with Swim Speed Workouts, Sheila introduces the basic motions of the butterfly swimming stroke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this video, David Morgan demonstrates the proper positioning for the Serape Kicking Drill.
Finally, watch Olympic swimmer and multiple medalist Peter Vanderkaay demonstrate his own tornado.
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.
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 is the most important drill for swimmers.
The Tornado Drill can help you develop a better feel for the water.
Professional photographer Daniel J. Smith offers his tips for shooting great underwater swimming technique photos.
The recovery drill teaches swimmers how to properly lift their arms from the water after the finish.
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.
Sheila demonstrates how to use Halo swim tubing on a Halo bench in this video below.
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
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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