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by dinghar
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: REACH & CATCH
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

Re: REACH & CATCH

Thanks, all, for the feedback. Very helpful. A related question: How much has been made about the pulling force of the forearm? It would seem that the surface area of the forearm, though not totally flat as the hand is, still actually represents more surface area than the hand itself in terms of pro...
by dinghar
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:38 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: REACH & CATCH
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

REACH & CATCH

New to lap swimming, for the first time last week I started to get a real "feel" for the way that a nice reach can both extend a stroke and facilitate body rotation. The next quandary I encountered was how to best initiate the catch from a full extension. My solution (?) was to immediately...
by dinghar
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:28 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

Re: DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?

Don,

Thanks for the detailed follow up... Sorry that the provocation caused you to lose sleep! I've been on the road a lot lately and haven't had much time for the forum, but know that I will most certainly try out your suggestions and get back to you with feedback when I'm able.

dinghar
by dinghar
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

Re: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Where are you based? Maybe I can commute and be part of your pilot class! Swimmingly, dinghar
by dinghar
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

Re: DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?

Don, Wow. 76? 20m dolphining underwater? Glad that you've given me a 32 year cushion to achieve that. I will look into the DVD. Thanks for your detailed advice. You anticipated my follow-up question re: exhaling. I believe that SwimSmooth seems to be of the continuous exhalation school, so it helps ...
by dinghar
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

DOLPHIN KICKS...NOT?

The terrific underwater coverage of dolphin kicking in the Olympics was one of the things that finally got me into the pool... so I'm new to it, but picked it up (such as it is) relatively quickly, perhaps due to background in ab-and-pelvis-engaging African and hip-hop dance. Recognizing that I am s...
by dinghar
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Land-based leg exercises?
Replies: 0
Views: 526

Land-based leg exercises?

I notice that my upper quads tend to be the first thing to fatigue when I swim, possibly leading to issues in the abdominal and lower back muscle groups. Are there specific land-based (out-of-the-pool) exercises to build endurance in the quads? I took up swimming to diminish high-impact exercising, ...
by dinghar
Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

Re: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Thanks, all, for the input and feedback. "I'm 99% convinced that if I'd see you one-on-one live, then I'd likely witness a lot of tensions in your stroke. Tensed people don't know they're tensed. And very often undoing all these tensions, it takes a while. But in order to give a meaningful dire...
by dinghar
Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

Re: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Thanks, Nayan and Dean, Nayan, I do have some issues with rolling on my left side, and am working to keep my head in a neutral position rather than lifting. Dean, yes, sometimes it is hard to distinguish between inevitable fitness fatigue vs dysfunctional soreness. I suppose time and experience will...
by dinghar
Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

Re: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Thank you, Don, for this feedback. I will be curious to read the input of others re: initiation or prime mover in the rotation, as well as the cause of the fatigue. I attributed it to arching my back because my body was too flat rather than rotated, but I supposed I might not learn that until the da...
by dinghar
Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:41 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

Re: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Thanks, Cottmiler. I will try that. In fact, as I was swimming today, I wondered if that particular fatigue/strain begins to set in when I continue to focus on the reach before the catch, but fail to continue rotating enough, causing an arch in my back (instead of using my obliques, etc, and extendi...
by dinghar
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE
Replies: 34
Views: 3379

ABDOMINAL/BACK FATIGUE ON FREESTYLE

Profile: Beginning swimmer (1st lap in May). 6'2" 180lbs. Decent overall fitness and generally coordinated as an athlete but challenged by the many facets of swimming technique and building up muscle memory to get all body parts working together... As I try to work up to swimming more laps with...
by dinghar
Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: sun yang 1500 stroke analysis
Replies: 70
Views: 16881

Re: sun yang 1500 stroke analysis

Thanks, Gregos and Solar Energy, for the feedback.

Solar Energy, do recommend any particular sculling drills?

Swimmingly yours, dinghar
by dinghar
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: sun yang 1500 stroke analysis
Replies: 70
Views: 16881

Re: sun yang 1500 stroke analysis

Not sure if this has been mentioned. I'm new to swimming, but folks tend to tell me to keep my fingers together during the reach and catch. I immediately noticed that Sun Yang's fingers seem to be a bit limp and not glued together. Certainly very relaxed, but is there an additional rationale for thi...
by dinghar
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Bilateral Rotation & Catch & Pain & Breathing
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: Bilateral Rotation & Catch & Pain & Breathing

Thanks, Mike. I'll try those. Swim on! -dinghar
by dinghar
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: What Do You Think Of Mr Smooth?
Replies: 209
Views: 126926

Re: What Do You Think Of Mr Smooth?

Watching Mr. Smooth was transformative in my understanding of body rotation during swimming. The multiple angles also helped me better understand proper form. Thanks for coming up with this great tool. I give y'all 5 stars for this. -dinghar
by dinghar
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Bilateral Rotation & Catch & Pain & Breathing
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Bilateral Rotation & Catch & Pain & Breathing

New to swimming and trying to be bilateral breather from the start. Mr. Smooth app gave me a great sense of the need for good rotation. 1. I have found that in my zeal to rotate properly when I am breathing, I tend to pull through with a straight arm rather than using a bent elbow catch -- slowing m...

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