Spending more and more of your pool time staring at the ceiling? Use these tips and drills to improve your backstroke speed, technique, kicking and efficiency.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100m back, Natalie Coughlin gives you three tips on improving your backstroke technique.
A fast, efficient breakout is a crucial part of every backstroke race. Former Olympian Lenny Krayzelburg, who owned five backstroke world records, offers some tips.
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Are you slowing down when you push off the pool wall? Olympian Natalie Coughlin helps you improve your underwater kick in this video.
One of my favorite "Long-Axis" Drills is what we refer to as the side-aligned balance drill. Basically, you begin at the "T", in a streamlined balanced position, not moving or touching the wall.
These four kicking drills will help improve your body position and rotation, thereby making your overall stroke more efficient.
Here are two drills each for freestyle and backstroke to improve the catch and roll in your stroke.
For a non-IM'er, the individual medley is a daunting, scary event, but swimmers (and triathletes) who favor only one stroke are missing out on a beneficial cross-training opportunity.
Here is a great drill for each stroke--backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle--direct from the University of Georgia swim team.
Becoming technically sound is the first step toward improving as a swimmer. But when you want to add speed, is it best to just swim harder?