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While at Auburn University this week, we had the opportunity to spend some time with breaststroke great, Felipe Lima.
No matter how good a swimmer is, great swimmers continue to work on the details of their stroke. Felipe reminded us of specific things HE continues to remind himself about during all of his training.
1 - Keep the head in line during the underwater pull. When swimmers get tired, there is a tendency of dropping the head during the pulldown in the underwater pull. Keep the head in-line for more direct line, allowing for better velocity and a better breakout.
2 - Keep the hand speed through the recovery. No matter how long you're holding your glide, don't allow the hands to recover slowly. Build the instinct to attack the recovery on every stroke.
3 - Keep the recovery narrow. One of the biggest problems of developing swimmers is the relaxed arms, or bent elbows during extension. Keep the recovery narrow and the arms STRAIGHT into extension.