Posts Tagged ‘figures’

Surface Arch Drill

Training the Arms without Worrying About the Legs. I learned this years ago at a synchro camp for coaches and athletes and I have been using it ever since. It is great because the swimmers only need to focus on what the arms are doing. Here is the video of the different options of the drill! Steps: 1.…

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Float or Sink

I am kidding with the title. I just wanted to get your attention. In this article, I will talk about floating and staying afloat, not sinking, unless you do it gracefully. For some it is not as easy as it looks. I did not have that problem because I have always had fat in my…

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Surface Prawn Open to Split – Drill on Deck

Do you ever have challenges getting the horizontal leg to stay stationary when the other leg is opening to split? What about the hips shifting while the leg opens to split? Those are common errors that happen to swimmers on the pike to split transition for Surface Prawn. Below is a link to a drill…

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Support Scull Circles

How many of you have swimmers or are a swimmer that does circles in your support scull? Support scull circles can be a nightmare, but I am here today to make you think about those dreaded circles differently and perhaps you will learn to love circles. I can hear some of you now saying “NO…

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How to Fix the Bent Knee Surface Arch Position

I really enjoy working on the Bent Knee Surface Arch (BKSA). Generally, I find the position is lacking in accuracy due to hip extension and not a lack of back flexibility. Don’t get me wrong, back flexibility is key, but I find that the hips get over looked. Look at the photo below. The arrow is pointing at…

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5 Ways to Protect Shoulders After a Break

I know many swimmers have been off for the last 2 weeks. It is a much deserved and needed recovery period in the training season, however there is a problem. When the swimmers get back to the pool the coaches try to whip them back into shape with workouts and lots of swimming. So what…

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10 Things to Consider Post-Competition

  So many of you just had a competition. I bet there are so many ideas running through your head. Some are great ideas and others may just be reactions to what your saw your competitors doing. I want to help guide you to making the most out of this next week by giving a…

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Getting Height on a Thrust

I think thrusts must be one of the most asked about skills out there. I often get questions about this skill. I am going to attempt to bring clarity to to the most common question about thrusts; getting height. I believe to be successful at the thrust four things need to happen: Athletes need accuracy in the…

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Front Pike Pull Down

Sorry this blog post took longer than I thought it would. I am continually searching for new ways to bring you the best content possible and make this blog a quality resource for everyone. Anyways, now to some synchro. One thing that really bothers me is when swimmers are inaccurate at basic positions. Especially the ones…

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Correcting the Flamingo Unroll

This post is dedicated to all transitions that have an unroll; kip, flamingo bent knee, barracuda or any other unroll you may come across during figures. Here is a video of 13-15 swimmer performing the flamingo unroll. I am not a proponent of calling this transition an unroll.  Unroll is not a clear enough description…

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