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QUCIK TIP - SRUGGLING IN THE POOL:


* Wes, I struggle mightily in the pool.

Wes: WHAT ABOUT A SWIM LESSON WITH SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT? NOT SOMEONE WHO SAYS HE WILL LOOK AT YOUR STROKE YET HIS BACKGROUND IS TENNIS. I WOULD RATHER SEE YOU SWIM 200 YARDS OF GOOD TECHNIQUE INSTEAD OF CONSISTENTLY REITERATING BAD FORM AND REINFORCING BAD HABITS.

* I know freestyle, but I can only swim about 1.5 lengths before I have to stop.

Wes: YES, BUT DO YOU KNOW REALLY KNOW FREESTYLE KICK WITH A KICKBOARD. THIS WILL TEACH YOU TO GET THE LOWER HALF OF YOUR BODY STREAMLINED. SHORT LITTLE KICKS WITH NOT A LOT OF KNEE BEND. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW YOU TO BREATHE ANYTIME YOU WANT AND NOT HAVE AN ANXIETY ATTACK.

* My aerobic conditioning is excellent.

Wes: WITH SWIMMING ESPECIALLY, CONDITIONING DOESN'T MATTER MUCH IF YOU HAVE BAD FORM. YOU NEED TO DO A LOT OF DRILL WORK NOW AND NOT THINK ABOUT HOW FAR YOU SWIM. THIS WILL BE FRUSTRATING AT FIRST, BUT IT WILL HELP IN THE LONG RUN. LET'S TAKE RUNNING FOR EXAMPLE, IF I CHANGE A PERSON'S RUNNING FORM TO HAVE MORE OF A FOREFOOT STRIKE INSTEAD OF A HEEL STRIKE, I WILL HAVE THEM GO FOR A RUN AND THINK ABOUT THEIR FORM. WHEN THE ATHLETE STARTS GOING BACK TO HEEL STRIKING, I TELL THEM TO WALK UNTIL THEY ARE FRESH ENOUGH TO CONCENTRATE ON THEIR NEW RUNNING FORM.

 
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