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Nashville, TN

Comprehensive Turns & Butterfly Clinic Series

Sat, Jun, 05 2021 - Sun, Oct, 24 2021

Centennial Sportsplex
222 25th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

Introduction

Comprehensive Turns & Butterfly Clinic Series – This exclusive swim camp series is designed for competitive swimmers to refine their technique and racing skills in all butterfly events as well develop the details that go into a fast turn. The series has two, 2-day swim clinics.

June 5-6: Comprehensive Turns Clinic
October 23-24: Comprehensive Butterfly Racing Clinic

Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience!

Each camp will be led by Elite Clinicians who swam at the highest level and are exceptional teachers with talent for explaining and demonstrating the technique required for fast racing! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!

Suggested Participants

Group Assignments AND Session Times >>> CLICK HERE
Participants at each clinic will be divided into two groups based on their best times. This clinic series is designed for swimmers with at least one year of competitive experience and is not recommended for swimmers younger than 9 years old without a coach’s approval.

Curriculum

JUNE 5-6: COMPREHENSIVE TURNS CLINIC

Did you know that the fastest that your swimmer is ever moving through the water (other than the start) is during every turn? During the first session, the curriculum will focus on explosive flip turns, powerful underwater dolphin kicking, and powerful breakouts. Then in the second session, participants will work on accelerating through every open turn into a well-timed finish. This clinic will be led by Olympian Christopher Reid!

    SESSION 1: FLIP TURNS & UNDERWATERS

    Focusing on having faster turns is an easy way to drop time and win close races. Elite swimmers maintain their momentum through a quick turn and have a powerful push off every wall. Christopher Reid has spent countless hours practicing flip turns and underwater dolphin kicking and will show your swimmer how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

    • FLIP TURNS: Your swimmer will learn to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline. Participants will learn drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill!
    • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably, the fastest way to move through the water! Whether you dolphin kick on your stomach, side, or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer!
    • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movements in their breakout that create drag and destroy all of the momentum created during their underwater dolphin kicks. Your swimmer will work on staying streamlined and keeping their head down on the first stroke to accelerate into the first few strokes.

    SESSION 2: OPEN TURNS & FINISHES

    Olympian Christopher Reid will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race. It’s easy for swimmers to have lazy turns when they are tired, but by learning the correct technique and practicing daily, your swimmer can gain speed on each turn. Swimmers will also focus on driving their momentum into the wall for a strong finish for any race!

    • OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! Your swimmer should not be making an open turn to touch the wall and swim the next lap; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards, enabling your swimmer to carry momentum into the push off.
    • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Learn the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout from Christopher. With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool faster than you could imagine.
    • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Your swimmer will learn how to use their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down so they don’t waste any time or strokes as they approach the wall.
    OCTOBER 23-24: COMPREHENSIVE BUTTERFLY RACING CLINIC

    Butterfly is one of the most technical and challenging strokes, and participants at this camp will focus on becoming more efficient and faster butterfly swimmers. The first session will review the basic technique of the butterfly stroke. During the second session, participants will learn advanced racing skills including underwater dolphin kicking and take their stroke to top speed.

      SESSION 1: HIGH PERFORMANCE BUTTERFLY TECHNIQUE

      Your Elite Clinicians will work with participants to improve on the complexities of balancing power and fluid rhythm in one of the most dynamic athletic movements. Elite butterfliers maintain forward momentum by setting an immediate high catch with a perfectly timed kick. They are committed to a breathing pattern, perfecting their distance per stroke, and maintaining a horizontal body position - become committed to these same skills...make them YOUR habits.

      • BODY POSITION: Elite butterfliers focus on driving their momentum forward with minimal drag by keeping their heads low and hips high. Participants will work with their clinicians on establishing and maintaining the proper body position.
      • KICK: Each butterfly stroke has two equally strong and well-timed kicks. Work on how and when to kick in fly for maximum speed.
      • PULL: Long and smooth strokes will allow your swimmer to have a more efficient butterfly. Your clinicians will teach participants to get an early catch on the water for more power in each stroke.
      • BREATH: The most common mistakes that swimmers make in fly occur during the breath. Swimmers will work on low and efficient breaths as well as WHEN to breathe so that they can swim more efficiently on the breath stroke.

      SESSION 2: BUTTERFLY APPLIED SPEED

      After building a solid butterfly stroke on day 1, swimmers will then refine their racing skills and cover different strategies for faster racing. Your Elite Clinicians will work with swimmers on how to develop a race plan for any butterfly race, whether a 50, 100, or 200. Participants will focus on swimming butterfly with speed and efficiency.

      • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. Counting the number of strokes and improving technique to decrease that number will save energy. On the other side, it may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events.
      • TEMPO: Your swimmer’s tempo is how fast or slow they complete each stroke. Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help your swimmer swim as fast as possible.
      • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably, the fastest way to move through the water! Whether you dolphin kick on your stomach, side, or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer!
      • KICK COUNT: Counting dolphin kicks off of each wall is another way your swimmer can switch up their strategy in butterfly races. By tracking how long they stay underwater, they will have a better streamline and breakout on each turn!
      • TRAINING BUTTERFLY: Also included in this session is an elite workout designed by your clinicians and the Fitter and Faster Coaching Team. This workout is specifically designed to challenge your swimmer’s butterfly and help identify strengths and weaknesses in their training, which will ultimately transfer into becoming a better racer!

      ASK QUESTIONS

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

      WATCH THE CLINICIANS

      Observe your 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 Collector’s Bag Tag for each day they are at the clinic. Collect all 37 and trade with your friends!

      Inquisitive, Educated Swimmers are Faster Swimmers! Sign up today!