Drills to Improve Your Swimming
Looking to improve your technique in the pool? Here is a collection of swimming drills to add to your workouts.
Are you a frustrated back-of-the-pack swimmer? Speed up your freestyle with these drills.
Swimming freestyle on your side may seem foreign at first, but with consistent practice you'll swim more efficiently. This means faster times and greater energy conservation.
Sometimes, improving your grip on the water takes balls--tennis balls. Try this twist on a popular swimming drill and feel your stroke improve almost instantly.
Swimming is all about displacing the water in front of you with your body. Learn how to regulate the pressure you use to move that water with this drill.
No, this isn't some strange cross-training technique. Find out how a fun game of "golf" can lead to faster swimming.
Here are two drills each for freestyle and backstroke to improve the catch and roll in your stroke.
Regardless of your level of proficiency in the water, there's always room for improvement, so even the most talented swimmers can improve by continually tweaking and refining their strokes.
Sculling is arguably one of the most underused swimming drills to increase good feel of the water and improve the initial catch and thrust of all strokes. There are many positions for good sculling.
Olympians make moving through the water look effortless. They do this by developing and honing their feel for the water. These drills will help you increase your water awareness.
You may have had coaches that made you count strokes throughout a workout. Here's why it is so important to your continued improvement.
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.
Here is a great drill for each stroke--backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle--direct from the University of Georgia swim team.
Some swimming novices blindly stick to the idea that technique will improve with conditioning. Structure these two drills into your training plan to improve balance and body position.
Although it may sound like a painful gymnastics maneuver, negative splitting is a training technique that is simple in theory, but takes discipline and a healthy dose of endurance to execute.
Now is the time to perfect your stroke. Add these drills to your workouts to develop your form and become a smoother swimmer.
These four kicking drills will help improve your body position and rotation, thereby making your overall stroke more efficient.
The offseason is the best time to overhaul your swimming technique. The challenge is that drills and yardage without focus are barely worth the effort.