Dr. G. John Mullen is one of my favorite Dryland specialists out there. A swimmer himself, a physical therapist, and a guy that really understands how our bodies work, I find myself reading his blogs regularly. I come away knowing so much more. Today this landed in my reading feeds and the timing is perfect as I talked to a few swimmers about this subject this week.
This past week British Swimmer Adam Peaty absolutely smashed the world record in 100M long course breaststroke at the British Championships in London in an amazing 57.92. Below is the video of his race and his interview after the race.
A few things in his technique stand out:
He ALWAYS returns to the line out front. Even with a very quick tempo to his stroke, he does not sacrifice getting completely horizontal after each stroke. Note how his head and chest drop below his shoulders.
His hip slide is phenomenal! Watch how far forward his hips slide on the insweep of the stroke. Note how dry his back is and how the wave behind him stays low on his back.
His undulation is mild with hips always at or near the surface.
The timing between his pull and his kick is perfection. Slow the video down and you will see that he is almost in streamline out front as his ankles quickly draw up behind him kicking him into a beautiful streamline.
On the pull his elbows remain high and his hand strike forward is in very shallow water.
Adam is only 20 years old. Wow!
In this version you get a little better look at him close up, but it is missing the turn. Adam is in the lime green suit in Lane 4.
In the next video here, you get to see the turn (along with the crowd’s reaction).
I really like Gary Hall Sr and his methodology. We’ve all seen or done breaststroke pull with flutter kick. He tells you the WHY behind HOW to do it correctly. This is a terrific drill for those of you who have knees or hips that do not allow you to do breaststroke. Put some fins on and you can really get motoring down the pool!
You’ll need to click the video to jump over to Vimeo where you will be able to watch it.
In freestyle it is very important to stay low when breathing. If your head is out of alignment so too are your chest and hips. Before you know it you are either swimming uphill or downhill and using much more energy in your swimming than you need to. Check out this excellent video from our friends at Effortless Swimming.
If you are new to swimming and are frustrated or struggling a bit, or feel a lack of progress, the first thing you should do is read this article. Gives a great, healthy perspective to what it takes to overcome those frustrations when you first start out.
The next thing you should do is get to one of our Swymnut practices! Let our skilled coaches have the opportunity to work with you! You will find us incredibly supportive and friendly and you won’t regret giving us a visit. We’ll get you past those frustrations and moving more efficiently in the water.
I have been using USRPT since June 2014 as have a few swimmers on our Swymnut Masters team. To help my swimmers, I created this written guide that has undergone several revisions. Each time I update this guide, I will post a copy of it here. You can obtain a copy by clicking the image below.
Feel free to contact me about your own experiences with USRPT. We all learn from each other!
Here is the latest instructional video from USMS featuring Coach Cokie and Swymnut Margaret De Somma. It is about the role of your hips in backstroke and freestyle and accompanies an upcoming article in the September/October SWIMMER Magazine titled “Get Hip With Your Hips”. The key is to understand the role your hips play and then learn to control the action to help propel you forward by tapping into the largest muscles in your back, your latissimus dorsi! Thank you to Margaret who makes this look so easy.