“Swimisodes” premiere on November 5th and will be released every week. Starring Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Soni, Roland Schoeman, Junya Koga, Lexie Kelly and Zach Hayden with swimming techniques from Coach Gary Hall, Yoga for Swimmers, Dryland training program, Stretching, Nutrition, Mental Training and more!
Having a good dryland training program in your swimming workouts will work towards an increase in flexibility and improvement in strength especially in the smaller muscles that help achieve a more streamline shape in the water. At the Race Club, we pride ourselves on our focus and dedication to improving flexibility and encourage our swimmers to visualize the exercise they do on land as if they were in the pool. Understanding how these stretches improve your own swimming is the foundation necessary to dedicate more of your attention, focus and effort to dryland training. This video focuses on resistance stretching, dynamic stretching and external hip rotation stretching. See how each exercise directly affects the speed and performance in the pool or open water.
Related Aqua Notes: Read Stretching Exercises by Gary Hall Sr.
In the final Fast Swimming Techniques Video on the Freestyle Flip Turn, Gary Hall Sr. talks about The Push Off and Breakout. Learn the fastest swimming techniques as well as mistakes to avoid during the Push Off and Breakout. A lot of Swimmers form bad habits especially training in crowded lanes where the Push Off and Breakout are rarely executed with speed and precision yet this is the most critical part of a Race! Don’t take for granted the speed that is generated off the wall and thanks for watching!
In our second part of Fast Swimming Techniques Video Series on the Freestyle Flip Turn, Gary Hall Sr. discusses three common mistakes made during the Flip Turn along with drills that can improve your own swim training program. Learn innovative swimming drills for the Flip Turn and know the proper position of the head, arms and feet. The flip turn is the part of the race where there is the greatest opportunity to gain on your competitors, so take notes!
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In this Fast Swimming Techniques Video Series, we dissect the Freestyle Flip Turn into 4 parts. The Approach, the Flip, the Pushoff and the Breakout are all equally important to a fast turn. In part 1, Gary Hall Sr. talks about common mistakes made during “the Approach” as well as important swimming drills that can improve your own swim training program and help you get ahead of your competition.
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During our Summer Swim Camps 2013 Gary Hall Jr. spoke to Campers about the importance of Pre Race Ritual Routine. “Gary is well known for his “pro-wrestling like” antics before a competition; frequently strutting onto the pool deck in boxing shorts and robe, shadow boxing and flexing for the audience.” He talks about how you can use simple techniques during your own swim training program that can teach you how to trigger ‘the zone’ and Race at your very best. There aren’t many Coaches that know about this secret that can lead to huge results in the pool, basketball court, football field or wherever you may perform. Secrets of his fast swimming techniques are revealed. Find out why ten time Olympic Medalist Gary Hall Jr was shadowboxing, flexing and kissing his biceps then stepping up on the blocks and crushing his competition for so many years!
Related Aqua Notes: Read 5 Ways to Mentally Prepare for Racing by Gary Hall Sr.
Preparing for an Open Water swim is critical and will often present unexpected and dangerous conditions. Whether you are considering your first Triathlon, an Athlete looking for a competitive edge, or just a Sunbather going into the water on a sunny day, this How to Train for a Triathlon video series will enhance your ability to avoid and prevent danger from occurring.
We teamed up professional Triathlete and Silverline Athletic’s own Holden Comeau and LA County Lifeguard Andrew Czer as they prepare for the Venice Beach Triathlon to learn the safest and fastest way to enter the water. Learn critical open water swimming techniques such as “the bottom check”, “high stepping”, “porpoising or dolphining”, “sighting”, “bodysurfing”, as well as critical preventative measures that should be taken EVERY time you go for an Open Water Swim.
We also follow John Baltz, a first time Triathlete who is way in over his head. We find out it is equally important to know what not to do when dealing with Mother Nature.
In this Fast Swimming Techniques Video, Gary Hall Sr. reveals how to swim breaststroke the Race Club way. We believe that the swimmer must get into a full streamline after each narrow kick in order to minimize frontal drag and maximize distance per stroke. Aaron Greenberg demonstrates one of the best examples of Breaststroke in the Race Club style! What drives us forward in breaststroke is for the most part our legs. External hip rotation flexibility is a huge factor is swimming breaststroke fast. Learn the details that will make huge improvements in your swim training program.
Related Aqua Notes: Read For Fly and Breaststroke: Use Your Head by Gary Hall Sr.
In our final How to Train for Triathlon Open Water Swim video, the competition is about to begin. We’ve followed Holden and John throughout the week learning about open water swimming techniques throughout a beach start race. John’s lack of preparation could result in dire consequences not only for himself but for those around him. Find out how each competitor handles the pre race jitters and the Open Water Swim…
Watch each video in this series by clicking below or watch the full length movie. Enjoy the series and stay safe out there in open water swimming and ocean swimming. Triathlon racing should be a wonderful and great experience!
Follow Professional Triathlete Holden Comeau as he shows us how to train for a Triathlon in the pool and how he prepares the morning of the competition. Training for an Open Water swim race is much different than training for a pool race. While you should train in the Ocean often, it is not always feasible so we adapt our swim training program by incorporating different techniques of kicking, swimming drills and variable speed swim training sets that will mimic the effort and distance of the Open Water swim in the pool. Whether you are a pro or a first time Open Water swimmer, preparing for a triathlon can help yourself and others avoid dangerous situations. Learn the details in preparing for a competition from a professional that can end up making the competition day a success!
Watch each part to our Open Water Swim video series or watch the full movie by clicking the links below. Enjoy the open water! it should be a safe and amazing experience to train for a triathlon!