The Importance of Flexibility and Mobility for a Better Underwater Dolphin Kick

Posted by Sarah Connors on Jun 14, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Underwater dolphin kicking has completely transformed the sport of swimming. Considered as swimming’s fifth stroke, the dolphin kick is the best way to improve overall race times and efficiency in the pool. The kick allows swimmers to move faster than any surface stroke since there is less resistance underwater. The purpose of underwater kicking is not to generate speed, but rather to delay the slowing down process from powerful starts and turns for as long as possible. In order to do this, swimmers need to form a tight streamline while incorporating a powerful kick to minimize the water resistive force. Developing a powerful underwater kick is not an easy task. However, working hard in the weight room and the pool are key to mastering the dolphin kick.

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Topics: S+C, Swimming

Swim Clubs Turn to In-House Dryland Specialists Empowered by Technology

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Mar 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM

For many swim clubs, having a dedicated, swim-specific strength trainer on hand is not within their budget constraints. However, with the power of technology, such as the BridgeAthletic platform, age group swim coaches are fit to perform the role of dryland coach in lieu of a formal strength trainer. Club head coaches often express that their athletes are so used to hearing their coaching instructions in the pool that it helps to have a “3rd party” strength coach with their athletes. That’s why so many clubs are giving the task of dedicated dryland specialist to one of their in-house assistant coaches, maintaining the important close athlete-coaching staff relationship while avoiding the need for expensive external strength trainers.

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Topics: S+C, Swimming

Championship Season Swimming

Posted by Nick Folker on Mar 7, 2017 10:44:51 AM

Championship season beckons. Over the next 3 weeks, the best of the best will converge for the biggest tournaments of the year. It is time to quiet your thoughts and really trust in the work you have done to get to where you are. Getting to this point requires a great amount of dedication and time invested by you as an athlete, your coaching staff, and your family. So believe in yourself and the work you have done.

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Topics: Competition, Swimming

5 Reasons Swimmers Need Strength Training

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The sport of swimming has accelerated at an incredible rate over the past 30 years, particularly in the last decade. As important findings from exercise physiology research surface, swimmers and coaches have adjusted their training methods to maximize performance. Strength and conditioning training are crucial to the success of any competitive swimmer in today’s arena. The type of strength training may change over time, perhaps incorporating more weights once the athlete reaches the collegiate level, but its purpose remains the same: to improve the swimmer’s power, athleticism, and overall speed in the pool. Here are five major reasons to incorporate strength training into a swimmer’s program:

 

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Topics: S+C, Swimming