In butterfly, you want to stay as horizontal in the water as possible with hips high and chest low. In this video, two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton demonstrates a drill progression to teach swimmers how to maintain a proper body position through a whole race.
Timing is everything in butterfly. You can have the perfect technique, but if the "when" of your stroke isn't correct it will feel a lot harder (and slower) than it should be. Watch Chloe demonstrate some common mistakes and the proper timing for a fast and efficient butterfly stroke.
A very common issue in freestyle is when a swimmer's legs sink. This doesn't usually have much to do with how hard they're kicking. It's more about posture and core engagement. Watch this video and follow this drill progression to improve your body position for a faster and more efficient freestyle
The fastest way that elite swimmers move through the water is by dolphin kicking underwater. This is a very challenging skill because it takes not only technique, but also strength and rhythm. Watch this video where Chloe teaching drills and provides tips to achieve a stronger and faster underwater dolphin kick.
In your IM, you have 4 options for your backstroke to breaststroke turn. The fastest proven turn is called the crossover turn! It looks a lot more complicated than it is. It's simply a touch on your back and then a flip turn on your side.
The rules are that you need to touch on your back and push off towards your front. That's it. You won't master this turn the first time, so practice! practice! practice! Hopefully this video will make it easier for you!
Open turns are the turns that you use in your breaststroke and butterfly races. Most swimmers think of the open turn as a "turn around". Instead, drive your knees in and think of it as a backwards flip! Try this new way of thinking at your next practice!
Are you trying to learn how to flip turn faster? Here's a video of Chloe Sutton demonstrating a drill for swimmers to learn to flip without using your arms. Try it and let us know in the comments what you think!
Thank you so much for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received from all of you here on YouTube! Below, I have added some information on how you can learn from me IN PERSON!
I have been working with Fitter and Faster for 7 years now. I travel to dozens of cities every year to share my knowledge of stroke technique with swimmers of all ages and abilities.
Maximize the effectiveness of your training by preparing for your races through visualization exercises. My recommendation is to practice this exercise at least once a week to help you to get closer to your goals. Listen to my prompts and follow along. Let me know in the comments if this has helped you perform better!
Chloe Sutton - Sharing my experience of 20 years of competitive swimming including 8 years on the National Team and 2 Olympic Games.