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by Sprinter
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Skinny strength
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

Re: Skinny strength

see a lot of woman from a certain age coming back to swimming with near flawless technique. I believe this just looks so because they put very little effort into it, and have more body fat to allow such "effortless" swimming. If they would put more effort into it, they would look as bad (...
by Sprinter
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans
Replies: 40
Views: 6218

Re: for ow swimmers and Red Mist fans

What I started to do is to just kick hard and throw myself on the opposite side forward, in the same time just thrusting the hand into the water. The core felt engaged, connecting the lower and the upper parts. This sounds potentially "dangerous" to me, similar to a mistake I did for a lo...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: video of me. please comment
Replies: 28
Views: 4009

Re: video of me. please comment

The recovery-movement of the right arm seems directly related to the kinking of the wrist, kind of preparing it. It seems to me, that from the over-water footage the right hand/wrist is the major culprit, preventing a powerful pull with the right arm. I have a likely smaller similar problem with the...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: video of me. please comment
Replies: 28
Views: 4009

Re: video of me. please comment

I agree with Sprinter the stroke is finished too early what leads to this postions alsom but look at the angle of the hips. Completely flat. Nice for a sprinter perhaps, but there is very little connection from kick to arms etc, what Sheila is talking about. For example that coach Holger Luening th...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: video of me. please comment
Replies: 28
Views: 4009

Re: video of me. please comment

So well, that's already something. I think it is just not so easy to further improve. A certain level is reached, and it seems quite natural to plateau for even several years. What about a camp? I have been two times at http://www.t3-training.de/trainingscamps/schwimm+camps+2016+17/ and that is defi...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: video of me. please comment
Replies: 28
Views: 4009

Re: video of me. please comment

I don't see a big problem with the arm recoveries. One might go for greater symmetry -- or not. I also would be careful about considering anything about the rhythm of the kicking, if there isn't a big problem -- and I don't believe there is one. What is somewhat strange is the kink in the right hand...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

The question whether a coach needed to be a fast (faster) swimmer is interesting. In general, teaching/coaching abilities and swimming abilities are likely not correlated, or might even have a negative correlation: you need to do a lot of practice to be good in something, and so time spent on swimmi...
by Sprinter
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

As many TI guys' show, Adam claimed that his pace was around 1:05, but he swam the 500m free with 3:40 which is 5 seconds faster than me (at that time I was not in my good form and smooking 2 packs of cigarettes with at least 5 bottles of beer a day). Something's wrong here: 500m in 3:40 seems pret...
by Sprinter
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

To swim at that rate you seem to be using a lot of energy in throwing your arm forward (something that I have only just learnt to stop doing even at low stroke rates I had to stop as I ached so much after a long swim) Throwing the arm forward seems quite essential for fast swimming, see e.g. http:/...
by Sprinter
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Swimming lessons, what to focus on ?
Replies: 178
Views: 34162

Re: Swimming lessons, what to focus on ?

Backstroke is good for kicking hard. Strengthen your kick by including a few lengths of backstroke with hard kicking. In general, backstroke is often recommended as a means for improving your stamina, since swimming backstroke *fast* (that's the real game here) is very hard, is sufficiently close to...
by Sprinter
Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: benefits of pushing though a brutal practice
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: benefits of pushing though a brutal practice

Don't know whether I understand correctly what you mean: You improved your 100m time by 2 seconds, yes? This should then be rather close to 1 min / 100m, yes? An improvement of 2s seems a good improvement, given that your time was already quite good. But then improving by further 5s ?? That sounds i...
by Sprinter
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: benefits of pushing though a brutal practice
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: benefits of pushing though a brutal practice

Hi Ducky,

can you give some numbers? Always interesting to see how much one can improve.
by Sprinter
Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Do weak kicks correlate with more strokes per length?
Replies: 8
Views: 863

Re: Do weak kicks correlate with more strokes per length?

There are different styles: In the SwimSmooth world, only the "Smooth" has a rather low stroke rate (60-75 strokes per minute), while the "Swinger" has a higher stroke rate (75 - 90 SPM). Also if you are/want become a "Smooth": striving for a low stroke rate can create ...
by Sprinter
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season
Replies: 201
Views: 18317

Re: Nightcrawler's 2017 Season

I practice very rarely with the fins. With the paddles (Speedo, medium size hard paddles with holes) I started practising seriously only say, half a year ago: I use them as technical exercises and for a kind of strength training, to develop the power projection. They help me developing power (the po...
by Sprinter
Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Ridiculous?
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Ridiculous?

I have seen such extreme high-elbow exercises at other places. I don't bother about that. I believe it will disappear partially, like the S-curve. In any case, it seems rather clear to me that such swimming practice doesn't apply to older swimmers (for health reasons alone). In this video one sees t...
by Sprinter
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: please comment my stroke
Replies: 23
Views: 2837

Re: please comment my stroke

To me, the head movement seems the biggest problem. I recommend practising with the snorkel, concentrating at keeping the head as still as possible (that is, keeping the snorkel as still as possible). It seems you hand entry is wider than your shoulders. Some recommend that, some don't. For me, clea...
by Sprinter
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Problems achieving "correct" SPM
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Problems achieving "correct" SPM

Yes I mean strokes per minute. At 46 SPM i did a 25m in 18. At 56 I did it in 17. Probably because I have a better position in the water. I would mostly forget about such counting: what counts is the time you need! Quite a few overgliders do funny things after the push-off, in order to minimise the...
by Sprinter
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Problems achieving "correct" SPM
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Problems achieving "correct" SPM

Hi, could you tell us what your speed is, and how many lengths, with what rest-time, you practice (in a set)? How often do you swim per week? And for how long? Otherwise it's hard to know what you are really talking about. In general, the calculated CSS-times have not a very "solid" meanin...
by Sprinter
Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: Catching in the shoulder extension
Replies: 4
Views: 757

Re: Catching in the shoulder extension

Some say its useless to watch elites. I come more and more to believe that it is indeed nearly useless to watch elite swimmers. Useless for what? Not useless for talking about it. But I believe it mostly useless for your own swimming. Perhaps not so from a "holistic" point of view. Motiva...
by Sprinter
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Talk Swimming!
Topic: How do I get rid of my fish tailing habit?
Replies: 51
Views: 11146

Re: How do I get rid of my fish tailing habit?

Sure, I forgot to mention, as Shenaram pointed out, over-rotation typically is much stronger when breathing. You should also tell us what you want to achieve with swimming. If you are interested in speed, then I recommend practising over-kicking a lot. You start feeling your kick, the propulsion it ...

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