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by Pent
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Increasing stroke rate
Replies: 12
Views: 2341

Re: Increasing stroke rate

If you have a 'weak' leg kick, I would suspect you're generating a lot of drag with it. Increasing your speed by x (faster stroke) means the leg drag is increased by x squared. So the answer would be to fix your legs first, but I don't think that's what you wanted to hear somehow. Maybe try lifting ...
by Pent
Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Flipping great!
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: Flipping great!

[quote="Mike A"] However, having done a bit of practice here and there, my success rate is now considerably better (though far from consistent). Also, since I'm not training for any more events this year, times and speeds are less important to me. [quote] Congratulations! In crawl I don't ...
by Pent
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: The core is the core?
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: The core is the core?

What's the swim smooth verdict on that.. should we shrug the leading shoulder or maintain a better posture by not shrugging it? Am also curious about that. At the moment I keep the scapula tight because there are too many other things to think about as a beginner. If I loosened it to stretch I woul...
by Pent
Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:17 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

400im wrote:Regarding your chlorine problem. If you are not aware of a 'neti pot' or sinus rinse this can be a lifesaver for you.


It was a bad skin irritation all over the torso. I do get the occasional runny nose after swimming but it only lasts a couple of ours till now.

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by Pent
Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

Great info 400im. Almost too much for the amateur swimmer, but nice to have some choice.. I don't think any post in which 400im ever replied to me has not had some (to me) completely new and useful info, the guy is terrific. back on the forum? How is your swimming App coming along? I developed a ch...
by Pent
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

400im wrote:It's so difficult to get nailed perfectly I don't want to introduce a single stroke with a forced over rotation or head turn to breathe, not even one.


Ah, also the bow wave issue.

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by Pent
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

I just don't think of that b/c I'm not a big fan of tethered swimming:/ Why is that ? It's quite a sight to see how you REALLY look vs what you think you look like trust me;) Dont worry, I've read that so many times now that I'm totally prepared for looking like a pregnant cow with water phobia :D ...
by Pent
Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

If you are considering getting one don't skimp on the bottom mirror that is an amazing tool.


Oh man, that would be awesome for self-stroke-analysis, drool. Though I guess you can stick a mirror at the
bottom of any home pool.

Pent
by Pent
Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

Thanks a million for the feedback!

The bow wave thing was exactly the kind of hidden disadvantage I was looking for.
I guess you end up over-rotating for air.

I wonder if there's a lot more turbulence in a small pool (e.g. 4m) from the resistance band compared
to the Endless Pool setup.

Pent
by Pent
Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Resistance Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Resistance Training

Has anyone used an in-pool resistance band system ?

It looks pretty 'realistic' compared to normal swimming.

The idea has intrigued me and my wallet.

Pent
by Pent
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: White Flag is out..onto Backstroke
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: White Flag is out..onto Backstroke

Then she pointed out that the lane ropes change colour to red for the last 5ms too - I'd never even noticed! :oops: Woh! Really ? We only have an overhead rope at one end at my pool, the diving boards are at the other, have bumped my head a couple of times. Will check the ropes next session! OP: I'...
by Pent
Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: breathing
Replies: 35
Views: 4347

Re: breathing

It's mostly telling me what I already know - that I can't reach the air on my right side! I know that my hips sink more when rotating to the right, even when very deliberately not lifting the head and not pushing down at the front. I have had that a couple of times. You spend ages trying to work ou...
by Pent
Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Chlorine allergy
Replies: 23
Views: 7190

Re: Chlorine allergy

Dam, had a swim today and face is red and hot several hours later. Hope it's a one off. :oops: I've been out of the pool the last 6 weeks after developing skin rashes from chlorine. I didn't recognize where the rash was coming from for a week or so and ended up with itchy bumps of broken skin which...
by Pent
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Non-swimming resolution that will still help your swimming
Replies: 8
Views: 1355

Re: Non-swimming resolution that will still help your swimming

I've managed to get my shoulders back when relaxed over the last six weeks or so. My suggestions: - do the hitchhiker every couple of days, see e.g. the video here: http://usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1551&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US. I did sets originally at 10, increasing to 15, ...
by Pent
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: hold a quarter OR tilt pelvis back
Replies: 22
Views: 5690

Re: hold a quarter OR tilt pelvis back

Agree with 400im in all details. I strongly recommend planks and bridges, been doing them for a couple of months now and the swimming and everyday life benefits are obvious. Helps with rotation, legs and power transfer, rather than just a quick fix just for legs that probably leads to long-term trou...
by Pent
Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: What Do You Think Of Mr Smooth?
Replies: 209
Views: 115525

Re: What Do You Think Of Mr Smooth?

dxyzlee wrote:But I still see swimmers using the S-shaped


Bit late but: note that pulling straight back with good rotation will look like an S-shape as the shoulders start narrow, go wide, then narrow again with each stroke.

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by Pent
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: How to teach non-swimmer a breaststroke?
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Re: How to teach non-swimmer a breaststroke?

I know everyone seems to learn that 'beginners breaststroke' first, but personally I think once you've got to the can-put-face-in-water-and-breathe-out-slowly stage, the easiest next step is to use the learner pool and go from side to side with face in the water, flutter kicking, arms out, arms at s...
by Pent
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: gaining confidence.
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: gaining confidence.

Hi Can anyone tell me how I might gain confidence swimming in the deep end. I can swim but my confidence is not good. I am taking lessons and trying to gain some confidence in the deep end which doesn't seem to be happening, (i just freeze and start to panick) any advice would help. ( think im a Ba...
by Pent
Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Head up, legs up
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Head up, legs up

I have also often felt more horizontal with a slightly raised head and definitely get more bow wave. I havn't analysed it, but I guess it could be psychological. Or perhaps rotation is suffering ?

I don't keep it up because the neck (for me) feels noticebly tenser after a few lengths.

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by Pent
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Finger Spacing
Replies: 20
Views: 4056

Re: Finger Spacing

More pluses:

- it's an instant fix to 'putting on the brakes'
- it doesn't inflame keyboard-user RSI symptoms like closed hand can (did for me). I suspect it may even be beneficial to such RSI.

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