Swimming is a technique driven sport. Don’t get caught in the distance trap where you’re more focused on how far you do in a training session than what you do in a training session.
Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Effortless Swimming’s Head Coach Brenton Ford says quality, not quantity, is the hallmark of effective use of a training session.
In his latest video podcast on the Effortless Swimming website, Brenton explains that differences between competitive swimmers will usually be the result of technique and skill differences, rather than the distances covered.
“Swimming is a technique driven sport. Don’t get caught in the distance trap where you’re more focused on how far you do in a training session than what you do in a training session,” Brenton explains.
“Unless you are training for the English Channel, an ironman or a long distance event, then you are better off focusing on what you do in a training session than how far you do.”
Drills and technique work are an integral part of all successful swimming programs, says Brenton. Setting aside 30-60 minutes once a week to work specifically on drills, kick and body position will guarantee a more efficient improvement in swimming times.
“A good time to do this is before or after a training session. You’ll improve a whole lot quicker doing that extra bit of work than if you try to improve your technique just in your normal training sessions.It’s also important to get feedback from your coach on a regular basis. For every technique fault, there is usually a drill to correct it.Put your hand up and get your coach to look at your stroke. Drills and technique should be performed under close supervision with plenty of feedback.”
Ideally, new drills should be learnt at the beginning of a session when the swimmers' minds and bodies are most receptive to learning. “Once drills have been learnt, you can apply them during, or after training,” says Brenton.“Sometimes it's best to practise drills under fatigue, to closely resemble actual race conditions.”
In the podcast, Brenton also explains the most effective way to recover during your freestyle stroke, and what to do when your fitness has stagnated and hit a plateau.
The podcasts are a weekly feature on the Effortless Swimming homepage. For more information and to sign up for the weekly video and newsletter, visit http://www.effortlessswimming.com.
Effortless Swimming is an online swimming improvement and development program created by National swimmer and Coach Brenton Ford. The program is dedicated to the thought that swimmers of all levels can find a more effective way to increase their speed and endurance through improving technique. Effortless Swimming offers specific workouts, unique strength training and online support to help swimmers advance their individual swimming times.