6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

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6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

Postby Petethefish » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:06 am

I'm a IM triathlete and last year changed my random flutter kick to a symmetrical 2 beat kick. I say symmetrical cause my random flutter wasn't and I was kicking with my right foot when my right arm was catching. Everything I read said this wasn't good!
After lots of effort in the pool I got the 2 beat working well and I am as quick now as before and it seems easier- generally 58-1.02 for IM swim.
I think of myself as a smooth, but the reality is I am a bit of an over glider and have plateaued.
For one I need to do more work to improve( don't do anywhere near enough and focused enough work now) but I also question whether I should, with our winter coming up in uk, try to go back to 6 beat kick(symmetrical this time) to help raise my tempo?
Problem is how best to do it- sounds easy to move from 2- 6 just kick legs more, but in practice I just won't happen when I have tried
Any ideas - is it worth it, tips on drills to assist etc?

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Re: 6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

Postby gavinp » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:01 pm

Hi Pete

I always train to do both but in different sessions because it's good to have the ability to change depending on the conditions and environment. A great skill to have.

Maybe start with flippers and get back to basics with short sets of streamline kick drills and 6/1/6, 6/3/6 drills to get that 6 beat kick feeling going. Now you've got to 2 beat it'll take a little time to re-learn 6 beat. As I say, decide which option you are going for on that day and stick to it. Swapping in the same session completely throws your timing.

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Re: 6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

Postby smootharnie » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:41 pm

easiest to go from 2 beat to 6 beat with the 2 beat main kicks wiith more power, so you keep the basic timing the same.
So basically 2 beat with 4 smaller inbetween kicks. L,2,3, R, 2,3,L,2,3,R,2,3 etc.
The left and right are the 2 beat kicks.
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Re: 6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

Postby Petethefish » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:16 am

Thanks all- plenty of food for thought in there.
Would welcome a view from Paul/Adam on the symmetrical point.
Maybe it's a bit like running- as a kid your body works out what's the best style for you irrespective of what the books say?

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Re: 6 beat-2 beat, back to 6 beat?

Postby smootharnie » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:52 pm

If your 2BK is working why not get rid of the overgliding tendencies first with that 2BK?
Faster catch and a higher strokerate?
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