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How to fix Breaststroke kick so both legs do the same?

QUESTION: Hi Gary I am a swimming teacher and also the parent of a keen swimming son.  I have recently started reading your book swimming for parents which I  am finding very interesting. I have a 10 year old student who is struggling with breaststroke.  She is an excellent freestyle and backstroke swimmer, but when […]

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Struggle to improve kicking

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I have a 9 year old female swimmer who has been swimming competitively for about 1 year.  She has been slowly improving but has been struggling to improve her kicking propulsion.  Is there anything she can do to improve her kick to develop more propulsion?  Please advise. Thank you, Victor ANSWER: Hi […]

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Swimming for Parents

The Benefits of Swimming Save people’s lives Healthy recreational exercise Swimming is a sport that requires a long term development program in place and results will not come overnight. The benefits of having kids swim before and/or after school, keeping them out of trouble and busy, etc. Life Skills: Dr John Hogg from the University […]

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Too Much Swim Training for a 12 year old Girl?

QUESTION: Hello, Our daughter is 12 1/2 years and currently trains with her swim team 16 hours a week; approximately 4 hours of that is land training. She enjoys swimming and to-date has not complained about the 4:40am wake-up, or late night swims. Her school grades are good. She has had no injuries. We fully support the […]

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How Many Hours Should I Train?

QUESTION: I’m 12 years old and I want to become an Olympian swimmer. How many hours should I be training a week and what should i be eating?? Thank you Nat:) ANSWER: Hi Nat, Thanks for your email.  To become an Olympian is a great goal to strive for. As far as training is concerned most strong […]

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What is the best knee width in Breaststroke?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My daughter is 12 years and has recently begun competitive swimming. My question is what is the optimum knee width for breaststroke? Thx Lamar ANSWER: Hi Lamar, In breaststroke, the knees will come apart to a width slightly wider than the shoulders as the legs are recovering and preparing to kick backwards. […]

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Freestyle Technique – High Elbow Position

Gary Barclay explains the importance of a high elbow position in both the arm recovery and under water pull when swimming freestyle. For more swimming freestyle tips go to www.SwimFreestyleFast.com. Hi, I’m Gary Barclay. We’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in freestyle, and that is where a swimmer drops […]

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How to improve my 50m breaststroke time?

QUESTION: Hello Gary My name is Sam and I am from this cold place called Ontario in Canada. I am a high school Breaststroker and I need to drop 1.4 seconds in 2 and a half months in 50m breaststroke short course to get a school record and make it to provincial A final. I go […]

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