Past Clinic: Explosive Performance: Starts and Turns
Sat, Apr, 27 2019 - Sun, Apr, 28 2019
Phantom Lake Bath-Tennis Club
15800 Southeast 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
A description of what was covered at this past clinic is below the upcoming clinics.
Upcoming Swim Clinics and Camps
Within 250 miles of Bellevue, WA.
Two-Day Explosive Performance Swim Camp – Sign up for one or BOTH days!
Did you know the fastest parts of every race are the start and turns? At this high performance swim camp participants will work on explosive starts and relay exchanges on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the focus will be on fast flip turns and open turns.
Your clinician for this camp will be National Champion Emma Reaney! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!
SAVE: Sign up before prices rise or the sessions fill up!
Emma will lead two sessions for swimmers ages 12 & over and two sessions for swimmers ages 11 & under with at least one year of competitive experience. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not recommended for these clinics without your coach’s recommendation.
Day 1 (Saturday): STARTS and RELAY EXCHANGES
The start is your opportunity to cover as much ground as possible in a very short period of time, with great efficiency and momentum heading into your underwater kicking and breakout. There are countless intricacies to performing a start and you only get better with practice. National Champion Emma Reaney will share her experiences on how she found time to practice and improve her start and relay starts both in and out of the water and teach your swimmer some of her most effective strategies to execute this explosive and athletic movement.
- STARTS: How you set up on the block including proper hand and foot placement can allow your swimmer to drive their body forward with a lot of explosive power. Emma will work with each swimmer to find their best position on the block as well as how to explode off the blocks efficiently into a tight streamline and enter through a small hole.
- RELAY EXCHANGES: Both the swimmer finishing and the swimmer starting have a job to do when executing a proper relay exchange. Learning the proper technique for a well timed finish and an explosive relay dive is important in ensuring a legal but small reaction time and a fast exchange.
Day 2 (SUNDAY): FLIP TURNS and OPEN TURNS
Races are often won and lost because of the quality of turns of the competitors. Many people don't realize this, but the push-off and streamline from the wall after a turn SHOULD BE the fastest a swimmer will go while in the water other than the streamline after a dive. Even elite level, swimmers often add in extra movements on their turns that slow them down and even cause them to lose races that they could have won. At these sessions, National Champion Emma Reaney will work with each participant to maintain their momentum at these key points in a race.
- FLIP TURNS: Your swimmer will learn how to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall with long strokes and then using their core and arms to get through the turn. They'll practice planting their feet on the wall for a powerful pushoff in the perfect streamline. Emma will give the swimmers drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill now as well as in the future!
- OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! You should not be making an open to turn around and swim the next lap. If you're doing this - you're actually stopping and then trying to regain speed again. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards. This enables you to carry momentum into the pushoff. We're going to teach you how to cut a lot of time on this turn... helping you in all of your breaststroke and butterfly races!
Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Emma questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into her training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
WATCH THE CLINICIAN
Observe Emma 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 top speed with one of the best swimmers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.
Take a photo while wearing Emma's medals, get autographs, and a gift from TYR Sport!