Past Clinic: 2023 Comprehensive Breaststroke Racing Swim Camp

West Lafayette High School Richard Wachs Aquatic Center
1105 Grant St, West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Past Clinic

Introduction

Fitter & Faster is returning to West Lafayette, IN to produce a 2-day Comprehensive Breaststroke Swim Camp on April 15 & 16, 2023! This swim camp will be grouped by your swimmer's time in the 100 breaststroke, please see below for details!

COMPREHENSIVE BREASTSTROKE RACING CAMP!
-> DAY 1: Breaststroke Technique
-> DAY 2: Breaststroke Racing & Training Skills

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum! 
-> Group A: 100 yard Breaststroke time that is faster than 1:18.
-> Group B: 100 yard Breaststroke time that is slower than 1:18.
-> Availability in each session is limited to 24 participants to ensure the best learning experience!

-> SAVE when you purchase the “Full Camp Bundle” for your swimmer’s group!

SESSION START TIMES FOR BOTH DAYS:
-> Group B: Check in 8:45 AM, Camp 9-11:30 AM
-> Group A: Check in 12:15 PM, Camp 12:30-3:30 PM

Suggested Participants

Our top priority is to provide a world-class learning experience for all participants at all of our camps. Participants will range from one-year of competitive swimming experience to AAAA times and faster. 

Curriculum

COMPREHENSIVE BREASTSTROKE RACING CAMP - April 15 & 16

At the highest level of swimming, breaststroke has the most varied technique. Out of the eight finalists at the Olympic Games, you might see eight different styles of breaststroke! A swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. No matter your swimmer’s level, this 2-day camp will strengthen their technique, racing and training skills that will lead to faster and more efficient breaststroke races… and faster IM’s!

    DAY 1: BREASTSTROKE TECHNIQUE (April 15)

    We want your swimmer to establish a well-timed breaststroke. Today we will practice various drills and skills that will enable your swimmer to have flowing hips, a powerful kick and a long, flowing stroke.

    • BODYLINE: A breaststroke race is going to be fastest with a proper bodyline. Even the slightest adjustment of the chin, neck, and/or back can make a huge difference. Elite breaststrokers focus on minimizing drag by “catching water” on their hands and feet as quickly as possible, so they can shoot back into a “straight bodyline” where they can glide at top speed.
    • KICK: The kick creates a lot of the power in breaststroke. Swimmers need to keep their knees high in the water and snap their feet quickly around and back to create a powerful kick. Our clinicians will work with participants to strengthen their kick for the ultimate propulsion forward!
    • PULL: The name of the game in breaststroke is to create as much propulsion as possible in the pull while minimizing resistance… and then quickly getting back into a straight bodyline to establish a high speed glide. Participants at this session will focus on setting up a proper "catch" and keeping their hands and elbows high on the water throughout the entire pull. The techniques your swimmer will practice will minimize resistance and enable them to maintain forward momentum for the fastest breaststroke.
    • TIMING: Fast, flowing breaststroke is the result of proper timing between a swimmer’s hands and feet. Establishing proper timing in your swimmer’s breaststroke will allow for more fluidity, power and speed. Participants in this session will learn how elite swimmers time their breaststroke for ultimate efficiency and the fastest races.

    DAY 2: BREASTSTROKE RACING & TRAINING SKILLS (April 16)

    On the first day of this camp swimmers worked on techniques to implement an efficient breaststroke. On Day 2 we will work on applying speed to their breaststroke! Our objective is to get your swimmer to maintain their technique with distance per stroke, tempo, and flowing speed.

    • TEMPO: Tempo in breaststroke is the rate at which a swimmer can get back into the proper bodyline to establish a high-speed glide. When swimming breaststroke races, many athletes tend to take too many strokes without ever getting into the proper bodyline. At this camp we will explore different tempos that are sustainable for any distance and allow for the proper glide between strokes.
    • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes a swimmer takes per lap, while improving technique to decrease that number, will enable them to be more efficient and even conserve energy. At this session, participants will discover how changing speeds might change their stroke-count, but should not change the effectiveness of each stroke.
    • PACING: A breaststroker’s pace is going to change during a race and from distance to distance. When swimming breaststroke, your swimmer can learn to measure their pace using tempo and distance per stroke. At this session we will practice race strategy pacing for all breaststroke events.
    • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The breaststroke pullout is an important and unique part of every breaststroke race. We will work with participants on minimizing resistance in their pull-outs and establishing maximum speed. The pullout can be used strategically, depending on the distance of the race, to cover more ground before breaking out.
    • TRAINING BREASTSTROKE: 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.

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