Are you wondering if a 1-2-1 Video Analysis / Stroke Correction session can help you?
Have you hit a plateau in your swimming and feel like regardless of how much time you spend in the pool, you are not getting any faster? Or, are you curious about what can be tweaked in your swim stroke to make you more efficient or simply make swimming easier?
If so, a 1-2-1 video analysis /stroke correction session can be just what you need to help you get to your next level of swimming whether that be making the podium when racing or just gaining an understanding of what is holding you back in your current swim stroke and how to fix it.
I had a follow up session this week with a swimmer named Robert. Robert booked his 1st session with me at the end of April and told me he was a former competitive swim who had “let himself go” and was getting back into the sport. He commented “there seems to be a major inefficiency in my overall system”. I ran him through a video analysis session, explained and showed him what was holding him back, and then took him through the stroke correction process in the pool and sent him on his way.
Fast forward to this week when Robert came back for a 60 minute follow-up analysis. He thought he had made the prescribed improvements but wanted to see for himself. I was extremely pleased to see that he had successfully improved every single aspect of his stroke we had discussed back in April. During his follow up session I put his “old” and “new” footage side by side to compare.
Left (blue swim suit) is August 10, 2018, right (black swim suit) is April 20, 2018. He is in nearly identical starting positions! One of the biggest faults identified back in April was a crossover on his entry. Rather than his hands entering directly in front of his shoulders, he was crossing his midline and entering in front of his head. The next frames of video were very telling.
His crossover looked like this:
After spending a few months doing the prescribed posture and alignment drills,
his entry now looks like this:
As you can see, significantly improved!
Another area that could be improved was his catch-up style timing and rhythm and low stroke rate (SR) of 48 strokes per minute (SPM).
Here is what he looked like in April:
And here is what he looks like now:
Another remarkable improvement!
Along with improving his timing and rhythm he has managed to increase his SR from a very low 48 SPM which fostered a dead spot in the front of his stroke to 66 SPM with no dead spot! In April his 100m pace during filming was clocked at 1:28 and this week it was 1:19. This was all great news…and Robert was happy too but of course he then asked “what next?” And that’s what makes swimming so much “FUN”…there is ALWAYS something else to work on. 😊
I hope this video analysis example has demonstrated that the first step in improving your swim stroke is becoming aware of what is holding you back. Even if you aren’t a visual learner, a picture is always worth 1,000 words. Once you are aware, the next step is the stroke correction process in the pool where you learn drills and cues to help you make the recommended changes. Then, it’s practice time!
The fall is a great time to book a 1-2-1 video analysis session so you can make the most of your time in the pool during the off season.
If you have any questions about 1-2-1 sessions, please contact us