I just want to say how much Lydia and I both appreciate the time and effort you put into working with Lydia. It is obvious how much you care about giving Lydia everything possible to help her become a more successful swimmer and athlete. The sessions went far beyond both of our expectations for clarity of points made, reasoning behind the approach and pragmatic steps that she can take to improve herself, not just physically and technically, but even mentally.
Lydia’s Spirits are high tonight and she reports that she was able to maintain streamlined breakouts throughout the workout.
I am helping Lydia select a subset important focus points before going off to [her team] work-outs such as:
1) Tight steam line and strong dolphin kicks right-away (strong both up and down motion)
Freestyle, High-Elbow Style:
1) Arm stays in line with shoulder in the pull (does not cross under body during breath!)
2) Focus on shoulder rotation
1) Knees together
2) Chin Down
3) Dive/Snap head down
1) 120 degree arm bend in pull
2) Increase shoulder rotation
1) Head snap down and up
2) Chin up – glide over water
That’s only a subset – I will help her cycle through more points as she progresses (and will be here to help her with flexibility/strength exercises for core and for kicking).
I have read up on the visualization (VNT) instructions and loaded the sound tracks – plus the instructions – into her phone. She is going to leverage that tool as well. I think “Peak Performance” with Program 7 looks like a good one for her. ”Breathing Skills for Readiness” looks like good fundamentals (zen-like). ”Cool, Calm and Ready” might be good for her to combat fear. ”Mind over Matter” looks like good instruction to avoid negative thoughts as well.
Again, can’t thank you enough for your attention to Lydia as a student. It was such a treat to work with you!
All our best! And look forward to seeing you again.
(Matthew is Lydia’s dad. They came to train for 6 private sessions and learned all this and more.)
Lydia, age 12 from NJ