Clarks Summit, PA

Past Clinic: High Performance Techniques for Faster Racing

Wed, Dec, 27 2017

Abington Heights High School
222 Noble Rd, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

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

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Past Clinic

Give your swimmer the opportunity to get ahead of the competition at this High Performance FFT Swim Clinic. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue will be in the water teaching your swimmer essential details on the technique for FASTER racing!

Claire will lead two sessions designed for competitive swimmers of all ages and ability levels on Wednesday December 27th:

Scroll down for details on the curriculum. Space is limited!

Starts, Underwater Dolphin Kicking, and Breakouts

Blast off the blocks, into underwater dolphin kick, and breakout ahead of the competition at this swim clinic designed to help competitive swimmers improve upon the key details that are essential to swimming fast and improving their times. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue will teach all participants the drills that they need to practice to master these skills. 

  • STARTS: Get off the blocks faster and with more speed and power by learning the techniques of Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue! Your swimmer will learn to set up on the blocks in a position that will allow them to explode forward. Make sure to be fuly engaged in the air as you throw your hands forward into a tight streamline. Your swimmer will learn drills and exercises that will help make them faster at this clinic!

  • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers in the world dolphin kick off of their walls and breakout ahead of the competition. It's not as hard as you think. Claire will help swimmers improve their technqiue as well as commit to a number of kicks off of every wall so that they can imporve their underwaters now as well as in the future.

  • BREAKOUTS: Learn how to cary momentum from the underwater dolphin kicks into the breakout by timing the first stroke and staying streamlined. Your swimmer will practice keeping their head down and it'll make a big difference in their breakout! 

Flip Turns, Open Turns, Underwater Dolphin Kicking, and Breakouts

Depending on the race, the turns make up a huge portion of opportunity for improvement. Even a half second faster can add up over the course of a race. Participants will learn the proper technique as well as the importance of proper execution so that they can get into their underwater dolphin kicking with more power and breakout ahead of the competition. 

  • FLIP TURNS: Learn to carry your momentum through the turn to get ahead of the competition every wall. Use your core and your arms to get through the turn and then plant your feet on the wall for a powerful pushoff in the perfect streamline. Claire Donahue is an Olympic gold medalist due to her discipline and focus when executing a proper flip turn. Practice drills and exercises to help you master this athletic skill. 

  • OPEN TURNS: Did you know that a fast open turn is like a backwards flip in the water. Touch with two hands and then use your core to drive your knees into your chest. Be aggressive as you drive your elbows to complete the turn before pushing off in a tight streamline. Maximize speed and use more momenutm to get in and out faster than ever. 

  • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: A proper underwater dolphin kick can set you apart from the competition. Start with a tight streamline and use your core for power making sure that you're kicking in BOTH directions. Claire will work with the participants to help them understand what it takes to have a fast and strong underwater dolphin kick! 

  • BREAKOUTS: Think about threading a needle. Swimmers need to have this visualized as they take their first stroke. Keep your head down and your arm long as you explode forward along the surface. A proper breakout can have a huge impact on a swimmer's time! 

ASK QUESTIONS: Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Claire questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into her training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

WATCH THE CLINICIAN: Observe Claire 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 one of the best swimmers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves

Take a photo while wearing Claire's medals, get autographs, and a gift from TYR Sport!

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Thise are spots available in the hands-on coaches program. If you are interested in meeting and working alongside our elite clinician during the clinic, please click the register button for the coaches program.

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