Strokes per Length

Strokes per Length

Post by Mark and Beth Peterse » Mon, 06 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I recently read that if you take more than 22 strokes per 25 yard length,
you need to work on your technique. I can take 20 - 22 strokes per 25
meter length, but I'm a new and very inefficient swimmer. Does this mean
I just have long arms? Anyway, my question is; does this include pushing
off and gliding from the wall, or does it mean to start swimming right at
the wall without pushing off.      Mark Alan Petersen
 
 
 

Strokes per Length

Post by Jeffrey Roddi » Thu, 09 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>I recently read that if you take more than 22 strokes per 25 yard length,
>you need to work on your technique. I can take 20 - 22 strokes per 25
>meter length, but I'm a new and very inefficient swimmer. Does this mean
>I just have long arms? Anyway, my question is; does this include pushing
>off and gliding from the wall, or does it mean to start swimming right at
>the wall without pushing off.      Mark Alan Petersen

It means pushing off the wall with a 'typical' streamline and then your
individual stroke count begins.  Typical means you should not be kicking
underwater half a length just to keep your stroke count down.  If you're
working on your "Berkoff blastoff" then the stroke count does not apply.
If you're not sure what that is, you're probably not at the right stage
to be trying it anyway.

I saw Matt Biondi swim at NCAAs one year and while breaking the American
Record in the 100 free (41.8) he took 12 strokes per length.  That is an
extreme case of pure talent going top speed with a small stroke count.  
The point I am trying to make is that if your stroke count is past the
beginner stage that doesn't mean you don't need to improve your technique
anymore.  I'll bet whoever got 2nd in that 100 free race has watched
Biondi swim and tried to mimic his stroke in order to improve.

Good luck with your swimming, it sounds as if you are conscientious
enough to become a good swimmer.

-Jeff Roddin

 
 
 

Strokes per Length

Post by Jill Spetoske » Thu, 09 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>I recently read that if you take more than 22 strokes per 25 yard length,
>you need to work on your technique. I can take 20 - 22 strokes per 25
>meter length, but I'm a new and very inefficient swimmer. Does this mean
>I just have long arms? Anyway, my question is; does this include pushing
>off and gliding from the wall, or does it mean to start swimming right at
>the wall without pushing off.  

It includes a 'normal' pushoff and average amount of kicking. Another drill you mught want to try is to have someone watch you while=
 you swim next to a multi-colored lane line and watch this for you. I've been told that one judgement of stroke efficiency is that y=
our hands enter and leave the water in the same place.

Jill Marie

http://web.grfn.org/~jilkey/
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