Transitioning between styles

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Transitioning between styles

Postby timidpete » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:03 pm

Do swimmers transition from one swim type to another or do they remain a certain swim type but with a reduced number of that swim styles traits?

I can see how a Bambino could transition to something else and there is a chance that every over-glider has an inner Smooth trying to get out but I'm not sure that this happens in practice.

Once an Arnie always an Arnie? or once an Arnie now a smooth?

I'd be interested in peoples thoughts


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Re: Transitioning between styles

Postby smootharnie » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:02 pm

According to swimsmooth Arnies are most likely to go to overgliders or smooths and bambinos to kicktatstics or swingers.
You really must have seem a lot af swimmers develop to see some lines here, so its more a coaches question.

I want to be able to swim 2 beat kick swimger style, 6 beat kick smooth and TI style. ;)
Main focus is going from Arnie to smooth though.
At the moment havent yet completely mastered one of them :roll: , so still a long way to go.
2beat kick swingers seem to work best at higher stroke rates ,fairly balanced legs and efficient kickmovement.
With + 3-4 inch ape index getting a sustainable high(er) strokerate only seems possible with a percieved very short stroke.
I like the idea that you are using different muscles for different styles, and that you could switch using some fresh muscles during your swim.
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Re: Transitioning between styles

Postby Annie Swing Smooth » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:52 am

Good question!

Check out the swim types progress chart at the bottom of this page:

It's not set in stone, but certainly there is this pattern seen in the majority of swimmers.
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