Freestyle Swimming Drills that
WILL Help You Go Faster (Introduction)
There are many swim
drills being used. These four have been around for a long,
long time...and they work!
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The swim leg of the triathlon.
Still a huge source of
frustration for many triathletes.
And understandably so.
For swimming is by far the most
difficult of the three tri-sports to improve upon. For
some there is a genuine fear of the water. Others never
learned as children and are swimming for the first time.
And there are many who can swim forever, but never seem
to get any faster.
fundamentals of swimming and
the drills used to help improve one’s freestyle still
remain the same and are still used today with enormous
One of the main reasons why
swimming continues to be a source of frustration
throughout the sport of triathlon is due to a real
shortage in swim coaches. Most of us are forced to fend
for ourselves and swim alone. And most of us who do not
come from a strong swimming background, do not have the
knowledge and experience to create workouts that will
help improve our swimming technique and speed.
Furthermore, most triathletes
only spend an average of three days per week in the pool
swimming an average of about 1500-3000 yards/meters or
30-60 minutes per workout. And while that is ample to
time to improve stroke technique and swim speed, in no
way will it ever match that of the
“ex –swimmer” swimming next to you who
spent most of his/her
life swimming twice a day, 5 days per week, averaging
around 5000 yards per workout…year around!
Therefore, it is important to
keep things in perspective, to understand that
improvement does not have to be drastic to be
successful, and that like any sport, improvement in
swimming is a slow building process requiring a little
intelligence, patience, discipline, and good ol’
fashioned hard work.
So DO NOT get frustrated when
swimming next to you blows by you during a workout.
Because, the chances are, you will never be able to keep
pace with him/her. Nor, should you try! Keep your goals
realistic and keep your swimming as simple as possible.
Remember, we are training for a triathlon, not a
Wonderfully, freestyle and all
that is associated with swimming this stroke, hasn’t
changed that much over the years. Yes, competitive
swimmers are getting faster and may incorporate a few
tricks of the trade into their stroke to gain an edge (ie…underwater
dolphin kick when pushing off the wall).
Below we will discuss four very
basic and simple freestyle drills the WILL make you swim
faster and that you can do on your own. These drills
have been used for years and with tremendous success.
And if you ask any top high school or collegiate swim
coach you will discover, they too will use some or all
of these drills at some point during their workouts and
The drills are presented in
“building block” order. However, you can pick and choose whichever drill you
wish to use based on your own needs. I do recommend
incorporating some or all of these drills into your
regular swim regimen.
The four drills we will be
discussing below are:
(Click on each and go to the
any of the four drills:
and Go (aka Catch-up Stroke)
IMPORTANT NOTE: I suggest using fins
while learning to perform these drills correctly. The
fins will help ease the stress of kicking and allow you
to focus on the specific drills. I do not recommend
using a pull buoy however.