Feel the Pressure

Ryan Woodruff

As depth increases, so does water pressure.  Having a feel for the subtle changes in water pressure can help a swimmer (particularly in fly and free) time the breakout stroke for maximum efficiency.  This set is designed to help a swimmer “feel the surface” from underneath for better breakouts.

6 x 50 @ 1:00 with Stretch-Cordz Long Belt Slider

Swimmers are partnered up.  One person in the water, one on deck pulling them in with the cords.
1st 25 is always steady swim against resistance
#1 and #2 – Active streamline glide (no breath) at ~ 3 feet depth
#3 and #4 – Active streamline glide (no breath) at ~2 feet depth
#5 and #6 – Active streamline glide (no breath) at ~1 foot depth
Rotate partner positions so that each performs set

Swimmers should be encouraged to feel the upward “suck” of the surface as they approach the 1-foot depth.  Noticing this feeling in a racing situation aids in breaking out at the proper depth.

3 x 50 @ 1:00 with Stretch-Cordz Long Belt Slider

Swimmers are partnered up same as before.
1st 25 is always steady swim against resistance
2nd 25 Perform 3+ one-cycle breakouts, diving back under the surface into a streamline each time.  Practice breaking out “on plane” each time.
Rotate partner positions so that each performs set

10 x 25 @ :30

Perform 4+ streamlined dolphin kicks, one breakout cycle, and then dive under the surface and repeat as many times as possible each 25.

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