Freestyle is the fastest of the competitive strokes. In competition, however, swimmers often try to speed up by moving their arms faster through the air. They try so hard that their strokes deteriorate, slowing them down.
Improve head and body position to breathe more effectively
Getting enough air while swimming in open water is critically important. This drill and the next two drills are designed to help you improve your head and body position so that you can breathe effectively in open water.
The best-selling drill book in the sport is now updated, expanded, and
improved. More than 175 drills, accompanied by detailed illustrations,
will help coaches and swimmers master every skill. Drills for strokes,
starts, turns, and finishes, as well as for buoyancy and body balance,
breathing and kicking, and sculling, are bolstered by new chapters on
poolside strength training and open-water swimming.
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Technique is critical in swimming performance. In the pool or open water, coaches and athletes alike know that efficiency in entering the water and in moving through it equates to milliseconds of improvement—milliseconds that make all the difference in a competition.
That’s where The Swimming Drill Book continues to deliver. The first edition quickly became the best-selling drill book in the sport. Now, this second edition ups the ante with more drills, new variations, and expanded coverage to help every swimmer.
Inside, you’ll find more than 175 drills for refining strokes, correcting faults, and improving your feel for the water. In addition to mastering all four competitive strokes—freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly—you’ll learn the essentials of body position, sculling, starts, turns, and finishes. You’ll even find all-new coverage of open-water drills and strength band workouts to be performed poolside.
See for yourself why The Swimming Drill Book is on the shelf of every serious swimmer and coach. It delivers every stroke, every skill, and everything you need for swimming success.
Part I: Fundamental Drills Chapter 1 Body Position and Buoyancy Chapter 2 Breathing and Kicking Chapter 3 Sculling
PART III: Starts, Turns, Finishes, and Strengthening Chapter 9 Starts Chapter 10 Freestyle and Backstroke Turns Chapter 11 Other Turns and Finishes Chapter 12 Strength Band Exercises
About the Author
This book is primarily aimed at swim coaches at the age-group, high
school, small college, and masters levels. Secondary audiences are
swimmers at these levels and multisport athletes, including triathletes.
Ruben Guzman is a United States Swimming (USS) coach for
age-group swimmers. He has coached swimming for over 35 years at the
summer recreational, high school, collegiate, and competitive year-round
Over the years, Guzman’s teams have won numerous championships, and
dozens of his swimmers have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.
His athletes have advanced to nationals and Olympic trials. Recognized
worldwide as an expert in stroke technique, Guzman served as the stroke
specialist for the California Capital Aquatics team and worked closely
with retired head coach Mike Hastings, an assistant coach on the 1992
U.S. Olympic team.
In 2008, what was to be his final year of coaching at the high school
level, Guzman’s swim team at Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento,
California) qualified 22 of its 33 swimmers for the state championships.
Ever the teacher, in 2016, Guzman came out of retirement to coach his
son’s high school team. He continues to conduct clinics and trainings
for swim teams and coaches.
Guzman holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California
Lutheran University and a master’s degree in public health from UCLA,
specializing in behavioral sciences and health promotion.
In addition to his swimming expertise, Guzman is author of the book Evolving
Health and is a professional speaker and consultant specializing in
leadership development, communication, health promotion, and
productivity for leaders and their organizations.