How to Not Suck at Swimming – Part 13

Episode #728

November 2, 2023

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Today we focus on three key parts of swimming: Balance, Body Position, and Leverage.

If things are out of whack, it’s a good idea to slow down. Force yourself to move through the stroke in a way that you can master it, then bump up turnover.

Swimming is so much about pressure and feel in the water and if your spatula is cutting through rather than creating resistance, things will be out of balance. Are you working against your fitness? Keep the process as simple as possible. Work on one or two things at a time and find that stroke that makes things feel easier… so you can go further and faster.


  • Now is the time
  • Balance/Body Position
  • Pressure and Feel
  • Forcing a slow stroke rate
  • Following through with pressure
  • Crossover and balance – mid line
  • Scissor kick
  • Legs following/mimicking arms
  • Moving against yourself
  • Sculling
  • Precise and purposeful
  • Bumping up stroke rate
  • Sweet spot
  • Beyonce or Elaine?
  • Metronome
  • Body positioning
  • High vs. low in the water
  • Head and body
  • Too deep on catch?
  • Relax
  • Kick more?
  • Drills that are valuable
  • Trust the stroke and don’t be distracted
  • Become more still
  • Building fitness over speed
  • Working against your fitness
  • Going east and west to go north
  • Unlock your fitness
  • Leverage – the key to power
  • EVF
  • Shoulder above elbow over wrist
  • Petting the kitty
  • The hot stove
  • High hand
  • Elbow hits the water first
  • Shallow strokes
  • Momentum – leverage- sinking
  • Fix one or two things at a time
  • Swimming elevator pitch
  • Not 25 things at once
  • Feet and legs – last
  • Actions speak louder than words

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