Birmingham, AL

Explosive Performance: Starts & Turns!

Sat, Dec, 18 2021 - Sun, Dec, 19 2021

Birmingham Crossplex
2337 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, AL 35208


We are looking forward to producing our FIRST CAMP EVER at the Birmingham Crossplex! The focus of our first camp is on the FASTEST parts of every race that every elite swimmer continues to cultivate throughout their entire career! Sign up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase the 2-day bundle for your age group!

December 18: Explosive Starts, Underwaters & Breakouts
December 19: Fast Flip Turns, Open Turns & Finishes

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum! Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience! 

Session times (both days):
Ages 11 & under: Check in 8 AM, Clinic 8:15-10:45 AM
Ages 12 & Over: Check in 11:15 AM, Clinic 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Suggested Participants

These camps are 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.



The start sets up a swimmers race. The more power off the block, the better! There are countless intricacies to performing an explosive start, followed by an efficient and dominating underwater. 2x SEC Champ Robyn Clevenger has spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will work with swimmers on being explosive and efficient with each movement.

  • STARTS: Robyn Clevenger will work with swimmers to find their best position on the block as well as how to powerfully launch off into a tight streamline. Swimmers will also discover their optimal reaction time to get off the blocks fast and ahead of their competition.
  • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: It’s one thing to “understand” the importance of streamlined, hydrodynamic underwaters, but it’s a completely different thing to being able to execute the proper technique at your body’s fullest potential. We will work with your swimmer to help them achieve their maximum speed off each wall.
  • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate to explode into the lap.


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 powerfully push off every wall. Robyn Clevenger will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race.

  • FLIP TURNS: Swimmers will work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will also 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.
  • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers should not just go through the motions of an open turn; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn.
  • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.


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.


Observe 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 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 gift!

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