ELEMENTS OF THE STROKE:
BALANCE: freestyle is swam from side to side, rotating around a central axis which remains stable. Shifting sides means that you will be forcing your core muscles to balance your body so you can apply more force with your extremities. This core balance also allows us to engage more muscles and create more power on each rotation of the stroke. Here are drills to work on core stabilization and rotation:
-Side kick with one arm up front and the other arm on your side, keep the head in a neutral position and your chest facing the wall.
-Side kick with both arms down. Same concept but more challenging.
-Side kick with both arms to the side and rotating every six counts. This will challenge you to keep control of your body as you turn from side to side.
-Dryland: planks in all positions are a great way to activate core muscles.
FLEXIBILITY: the greater range of motion, the easier it will be to achieve greater distance per stroke and better angles to apply force. The shoulders are a special area of concern so emphasis on increasing mobility around
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