22/12/2006 at 06:16
The problem with ploughing up and down is that you could well be reinforcing any flaws in your technique. The tireder you get the more you reinforce them. Practice shorter distances concentrating on good technique. I currently don't do more than 6 length intervals at a time, as my technique starts to go after this distance. I am slowly increasing the distance whilst maintaining my technique. I count strokes per length (no more than 20) and occasionally time myself.
12/12/2006 at 07:56
Stick with it. It all starts to make more sense as you get towards the end of the drills. i always studied the clips on the total immersion web site just before my swim practice.
05/12/2006 at 01:30
be patient with the drills and don't move on until you have got to grips with the drill being practiced. it has taken me between 12 - 15 sessions to work through all the drills.
28/11/2006 at 23:40
I think it is stretching prior to a exercise/race that the sports scientist was getting at. Static stretching is important as it helps with flexibilty etc.
27/11/2006 at 07:40
[&:]Following a recent conversation with a sports scientist colleague I am seeking the opinion of others.
Their opinion was that if you perform static stretching exercises prior to a workout you can actually reduce your power output from those muscles. So, for example, if i was to perform a load of shoulder/arm/back stretches prior to swimming I would actually reduce my muscles ability to pull stronger during the swim stroke. This is because you strectch the muscle and it loses some of its elasticty and some of its contracting ability (or something like that. I am no scientist!)
Opinion would seem to be split amongst the experts. I think it is universally accepted that you should warm up, but do we stretch muscles or not? Any thoughts!
I have always been taught to warm and stretch as it helps to reduce injury.[:)]
24/11/2006 at 04:06
Have not got that technical yet. When it comes to the swimming discipline I am a complete novice (as far as technique is concerned). I simply just wait and try and "hold" (with my extended arm/hand) onto the water whilst my recovering arm gets back round to infront of me.
I keep in my mind "extend"----"pause"------"pull". Seems to be working. Its hard to say really as I am always training on my own. Might look like a complete plonker to an experienced swimmer.
Going to get some coaching in new year after I join Manchester tri club.
23/11/2006 at 07:16
The link is below.
It is counting both hands i.e. each hand entry.
15/11/2006 at 05:56
The book i have bought is called "TOTAL IMMERSION" "A REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO SWIM BETTER, FASTER, AND EASIER". Its the revised and updated version.
I think all the drills are the same though.
15/11/2006 at 01:46
Thought i would share my experience of practicing these technique drills.
Prior to this i could swim 25m in 24 strokes and approx 27secs. (including push off and taking it very easy)
I am part way through the drills and can now do 25m in 17/18 strokes (16 if i get it just right) and about the same time. Again, taking it very easy.
i would recommend this book to anyone. not bought the DVD as free clips of most of the drills are on the Total immersion website.
Watched a clip of Alexander Popov practicing some of the drills. if its good enough for him its good enough for me.
20/10/2006 at 07:10
Where is the best place/site to get a comprehensive list of events for 2007. When do they start to update for next years events. Found some by trawling internet.
Trying to sort out some sort of diary for next year.
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