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Franklin, MA

Past Clinic: 2021 Franklin, MA Swim Camp

Mon, Dec, 27 2021 - Tue, Dec, 28 2021

The Adirondack Club
800 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA 02038

A description of what was covered at this past clinic is below the upcoming clinics.

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Past Clinic

Introduction

We are looking forward to producing two camps on December 27 & 28 in Franklin, MA! You can sign your swimmer up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase a 2-day bundle for their age group! 

High Performance Freestyle & Backstroke Technique (Ages 12 & Under)
—> Day 1: High Performance Freestyle Technique
—> Day 2: High Performance Backstroke Technique
—> Both days (Dec 27 & 28): Check in 9 AM, Clinic 9:15-11:45 AM

Elite Speed & Power (Ages 13 & over)
—> Day 1: Generating Power! 
—> Day 2: Creating and Maintaining Speed!
—> Both days (Dec 27 & 28): Check in 12:30 PM, Clinic 12:45-3:45 PM

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum for all sessions. Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience! 

Suggested Participants

These camps are designed for swimmers with a minimum of one-year of competitive swimming experience all the way up to AAAA times and faster. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not invited without submitting their times or swimming history to Fitter and Faster.

Curriculum

Freestyle & Backstroke Technique (12 & UNDER) - December 27 & 28, 2021

DAY 1: Freestyle Technique & Drills, DAY 2: Backstroke Technique & Drills

Freestyle and backstroke utilize the same body position, posture, rotation, and an early “catch” to move down the pool with efficiency and speed. They are called the “long axis” strokes because swimmers rotate their hips and torso around their spine. Over two days, your swimmer, no matter their level, will improve their freestyle and backstroke technique, racing and training skills!

  • Bodyline: On each day of this camp, participants will learn and practice proper posture and engagement of their core for better technique in freestyle and backstroke. Participants will learn how even the slightest adjustment of the chin, neck, and/or back can make a huge difference in creating more hydrodynamic and efficient strokes - for faster swimming!
  • Rotation: Freestyle and backstroke are fastest and most efficient when a swimmer’s body is “rotating” around their spine with each stroke. This part of swimming both strokes has a big effect on maintaining a proper bodyline. Participants will practice activating their core muscles to form a powerful connection from head to toe with every stroke they take! On Day 1 we will work on rotation skills for Freestyle and on Day 2 rotation skills for backstroke.
  • Kicking: While similar, the kick is different in freestyle and backstroke. In both strokes the kick is the motor behind their races! There are obviously proper and improper ways to kick which we will review on each day of this camp. Just as important, however, is practicing the complexities of how and when swimmers need to “shift gears” in their legs to become stronger and faster racers.
  • Pull: The pull in both freestyle and backstroke keeps a swimmer balanced and accelerating forward. Essentially the best swimmers are creating a paddle with every stroke. On each day of this camp, your clinicians will work with participants to establish an early vertical forearm “the catch”, enabling your swimmer to put immediate pressure back on the water. Properly completing the freestyle and backstroke arm-pull keeps the swimmer moving forward efficiently and fast.
Elite Speed & Power Camp (13 & OVER) - December 27 & 28, 2021

Due to the advanced concepts covered in this camp, this camp is exclusively for swimmers ages 13 & older. Swimming fast requires good technique, efficiency, power, and a hard working athlete. Elite swimmers are always working on this. At the Elite Speed and Power Camp, participants will advance their skills that apply to fast swimming in every stroke.

    DAY 1: GENERATING POWER! (Dec 27)

    Developing power will help your swimmer be more efficient and stronger in the water! To strengthen swimming specific movements, the elite clinicians will work with participants on improving power in their strokes, using resistance training and dynamic warm-ups to their advantage.

    • GEAR TO BRING WITH YOU!: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
    • DYNAMIC WARM-UP: In order to go fast, you need to be warm! The clinicians will take participants through a combination of light cardio exercises and dynamic stretches to get the blood flowing to the muscles and loosen joints in preparation to SWIM FAST! Remember: Bring your Gym Shoes!
    • ESTABLISHING YOUR CATCH TO MAXIMIZE POWER IN YOUR STROKE: The only way to generate maximum power in your stroke is by “holding” as much water as possible. That process begins with “your catch” at the top of every stroke. At this camp your clinicians will work with you to ensure you are grabbing onto and holding water throughout your stroke.
    • RESISTANCE TRAINING: Resistance is an excellent method of building power - especially in the water. It also helps to expose areas within your technique that can be strengthened. The clinicians will take your swimmer through resistance training methods! Properly swimming with hand paddles and a T-shirt will add resistance and develop power! Remember: Bring a t-shirt to swim in and your hand paddles!

    DAY 2: CREATING & MAINTAINING SPEED! (Dec 28)

    Your swimmer is going to learn how to swim at top speeds while continuing to leverage the powerful stroke that we worked on the day before! On Day 1, participants swam slower than they normally swim because of the resistance we added to establish a “powerful stroke”. Today is about swimming FASTER than you normally swim with assistance from fins and paddles.

    • GEAR TO BRING WITH YOU!: Please bring a t-shirt to swim in, your snorkel, paddles, fins and a pair of gym sneakers to this camp!
    • “OVERSPEED TRAINING”: Practice how to swim with good technique at speeds faster than you’ll ever go in a race with the assistance of fins and paddles. We will utilize overspeed drills in and out of turns, in their breakouts and finishes. Remember: Bring your fins and hand paddles!
    • TEMPO & DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Improving technique to decrease the number of strokes your swimmer takes will enable them to go further faster - that’s when times DROP!
    • MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE THROUGH FATIGUE: When swimmers get tired, their technique can break down. We are going to work with participants on how to handle fatigue. Competitive swimmers who focus on technique through fatigue in practice and in races reap the rewards of faster times.
    • SPEED SET: At the end of this session your swimmer will do a short and fast swim set to practice everything they have learned over the past two days.

    ASK QUESTIONS

    Swimmers and parents are invited to ask the clinicians questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

    WATCH THE CLINICIANS

    Observe clinicians swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.

    PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST

    Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to your top speed with some of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

    Take a photo with the clinicians, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster swim cap!

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