Tampa, FL

Past Clinic: High Performance Backstroke & Freestyle Technique

Sat, Feb, 19 2022 - Sun, Feb, 20 2022

New Tampa Family YMCA (Outdoor)
16221 Compton Dr, Tampa, FL 33647

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

Upcoming Swim Clinics and Camps

Within 250 miles of Tampa, FL.

Starting Oct 07, 2023

New Tampa Family YMCA

Starting Sep 30, 2023

Plantation Aquatic Complex


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Past Clinic


Fitter & Faster is coming back to Tampa, FL on February 19 & 20, 2022! Leading this camp are Olympians and Elite Clinicians: Tyler Clary and Norbert Szabo. SAVE when you purchase a 2-day camp bundle based on your swimmer's age group!

High Performance Freestyle & Backstroke Technique - February 19 & 20, 2022
-> DAY 1: High Performance Freestyle Technique
-> DAY 2: High Performance Backstroke Technique

Scroll down below for details on each camp. Availability is limited to ensure the highest level of learning experience!

Session Times (Both Days):
11 & Under Check in 10 AM, Clinic 10:15-12:45 PM
12 & Over Check in 1:15 PM, Clinic 1:30-4:30 PM

Suggested Participants

This camp is 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.



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!

    DAY 1: Freestyle Technique & Drills

      DAY 2: Backstroke Technique & Drills

      • 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.


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


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


      Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to your top speed with one 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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