With the racing season finished, and our training moving into the Off season phase, it is the perfect time to focus on working on improving our swimming stroke, and our technique in general.

We have all heard of swimming drills and have all done them at one time or another, but why do we do them and more importantly, why do we need to do them?

Swimming is one of the most technically demanding sports out there, and in Triathlon, even though its relative contribution to the total race distance is not that large, an efficient and economical swim stroke makes racing a whole lot more fun, and far less stressful.

Drilling is basically a focused effort, using various elements that make up the swimming stroke, to improve the biomechanics (efficiency) and bioenergetics (economy) of the stroke.

It uses a slow and progressive approach, consisting of numerous drills, to make you more aware of things like your body position in the water, your stroke count and many other factors pertinent to becoming a better swimmer.

Over the next 3 weeks, we will look at:

  1. WHY we need to drill.
  2. HOW to drill in the swimming pool.
  3. WHAT drills are good for what component of our swimming

Over the next week, start to work on Strengthening and Lengthening your bodies musculature, in preparation for the swimming drills that we will be looking at.

James Greenwood is a competitive tri and multisport athlete currently training for Ironman Canada 2009. A level 1 Triathlon Coach, he holds a post graduate degree in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. James is also currently the resident health and fitness programs expert at MyPypeline.com, and has starred in a number of multisport specific fitness videos.
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