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Canajoharie, NY

Past Clinic: Essentials of Efficient Freestyle and Breaststroke

Sun, Oct, 04 2015

Canajoharie, NY

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Past Clinic

Learn and practice the essentials of fast and smart freestyle and breaststroke swimming based on the efficient and powerful techniques of Peter Vanderkaay and Katie Meili.  These two highly effective athletes will teach skills they have mastered and used to create their successful stroke.  Many skills that will be taught such as a maintaining a tight core and body alignment can be transfered to any stroke. This is a great opportunity for swimmers to learn the importance of working on technique and for parents to learn more about the sport and how to best support your swimmer.

Curriculum, Essentials of Fast Freestyle and Breaststroke - Canajoharie, NY

FREESTYLE

BREASTSTROKE

  • BODY ALIGNMENT: Having a flat back from the top of the neck to the lower back is the most efficient and fastest way to move through the water.  Learn drills that will focus on engaging the core muscles and flatten the back to position the body in the most fluid stroke.
  • CHEST PRESS: Using the chest to press into every stroke allows the hips to rise and the body to undulate through the water.  Practice using the whole body to swim as opposed to just the arms and legs.
  • FIND YOUR LINE: Everytime you finish a stroke in breaststroke you should return to your most efficient position possible. Learn to reduce drag and use the momentum from the lunge to create power in the stroke.

WATCH THE CLINICIANS: Observe Meili and Vanderkaay swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast freestyle and breaststroke.

GET UP AND RACE: Race two of the best swimmers in the world and watch their near-flawless technique - achieved by practicing the same drills they will teach you.

HEAR FROM PETER AND KATIE

  • BODY AWARENESS: Practice key techniques on land that will directly transfer to the water. Find the "flat back" position and learn to strengthen the muscles that are essential to establishing good body control.
  • CORE STRENGTH AND BALANCE: Learning to balance your body during dryland training is a crucial skill to helping you relate those movements to your swimming.  Vanderkaay will demonstrate how many of the exercises such as lunges or planks, when done perfectly, can have a huge impact on your stroke mechanics in the water.
  • WHAT ARE THEY THINKING: Get inside the minds of two of the best swimmers in the world.  Meili and Vanerkaay will dissect their stroke and explain what they think about when they swim in practices and races.
  • ASK QUESTIONS: Swimmers and parents are invited to ask the clinicians questions during a Q&A session.  Hear the Olympians talk and gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

Take a photo while wearing clinicians' medals, get autographs, and pick up a full color Fitter & Faster Tour 2015-2016 Yearbook and a special welcome bag that contains gifts from our sponsors!

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