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Speed – A Primer

By admin | August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Speed determines the victor in the sport of swimming. Whoever touches the wall first wins, regardless of technique differences, fitness, strength, mental toughness, or whatever. Speed wins. So how do we improve speed? We swim fast(er). Often. And when full efforts don’t produce the speed we are looking for in the water, we slow down […]

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Practice techniques to incorporate

By Brad Burget | August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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1. Racing – The drive to win close races to recover from mistakes and overtake your competition, the desire to win!!!! Some swimmers have that desire and others must be taught. You must add racing sets in your workout. Each swimmer must have the ability to start and stop speed (variable speed) throughout the season, […]

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Challenges in Our Sport

By Brad Burget | August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Our sport faces many challenges, such as title 9, foreign swimmers on collegiate scholarships that should go to our young athletes first, long grueling age-group weekend invitational’s and of course controlling parents. Recently a mother brought her 9-year-old son to my team to try out. He was good enough to join our introductory level. His […]

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Swim Readiness – General to Specific, Volume and Intensity

By admin | August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Starting a season off appropriately, with long-term success in mind, requires the understanding and application of some basic principles. Many coaches want to jump right in and get to specific and intense training – and I think a better approach is to build into these variables. Following a principle-based system allows for success throughout the […]

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Lets Talk about Tarzan!

By Brad Burget | August 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
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The first item I would like to talk about is Tarzan. Tarzan is used for speed purposes. The proper body position for Tarzan is with the head and mouth out of the water. Keeping hips in line with the shoulders with a controlled fast kick. Tarzan is used for developing arm and leg speed. Leg […]

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More on Tarzan, Plus a Coach’s Recollection

By Brad Burget | August 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Effective freestyle that utilizes the mechanical advantage (law of levers etc) and the kinesiological principles (anatomy of muscular movement) and especially the first and second laws of motion dictates the hands should always be opposed to each other throughout the full arm cycle allowing for the most efficient application of muscular force, thus eliminating any […]

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Building Aerobic Capacity and Race Pace

By Brad Burget | August 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
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500 free goal time 4:50.00 training guidelines: Building aerobic capacity needs to be done by monitoring heart rate.  You can add longer warm-up sets if you feel the need to increase yardage for your swimmer. Each swimmer will have a certain amount of yardage per workout where you need to end the practice and that […]

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The Importance of Fly Kicks

By Brad Burget | August 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Consistent kick is a must.  Swimmers need to understand momentum and maintain it especially through the break out strokes or the transition between the underwater and swimming. Most swimmers make the mistake of slowing the kick before the break out strokes thus increasing drag and slowing momentum before trying to swim.  A consistent kick will […]

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Why Swim On Top of the Water When the Fastest Part Is Under Water?

By Brad Burget | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Momentum, Momentum, Momentum “When an external force acts upon a body, it changes its momentum; however, when no external force acts, the momentum of the body does not change, a fact which is incorporated in the principle of ‘the conservation of momentum’. Therefore, momentum has come to be known as the force of motion that […]

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Timing and Rhythm During Breathing and Stroke

By Brad Burget | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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BACKSTROKE: There is a breathing pattern in backstroke. Each swimmer will be a bit different. Have each swimmer determine his or her breathing pattern. The concentration should be during the exhale of the breath with the finish of a stroke this could be every right arm finish or any variation. Tell swimmers as they are […]

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