Stroke Length vs Turnover

Stroke Length vs Turnover

Post by Hendrick » Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Just something I found to be quite interesting. The November/December issue
of Fitness Swimmer has an article titled "Test Your Swimming Smarts." It is
a 25-question true/false test with explanations of the answers.

Question #8:
If you want to swim faster, turn your arms over faster; don't worry about
your distance per stroke. True or False

Answer: True and False.
The explanation goes on to say. You may have heard the reverse: that
distance per stroke trumps turnover. So which is it? Both, actually, it's
highly individual. Most competitive sprinters have a low stroke count. But
since swimming with a huge distance per stroke is hard to sustain, the best
distance swimmers rely on a high stroke turnover for speed.

Interesting since Terry Laughlin is the Technique Editor and the answer sort
of is the opposite of TI.

 
 
 

Stroke Length vs Turnover

Post by Alex Merica » Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:00:00

I think his book DOES cover this.  One of the drills is Stroke Golf.  You
add your stroke count and lap time for your score.  As you go faster you
can increase your stroke count but you want to decrease your total score.
So if you can trade stroke count for speed, you're ahead.

Quote:

> highly individual. Most competitive sprinters have a low stroke count. But
> since swimming with a huge distance per stroke is hard to sustain, the best
> distance swimmers rely on a high stroke turnover for speed.

> Interesting since Terry Laughlin is the Technique Editor and the answer sort
> of is the opposite of TI.

--
Alex Mericas

 
 
 

Stroke Length vs Turnover

Post by Gleshna » Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Interesting since Terry Laughlin is the Technique Editor and the answer sort
>of is the opposite of TI.

Actually, from my view not, the low stroke count is a training emphasis.

There has been research done on this.  There is an interesting chart in
Swimming Even Faster by Maglischo.

Bob

 
 
 

Stroke Length vs Turnover

Post by Totalswi » Sat, 09 Oct 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>>Interesting since Terry Laughlin is the Technique Editor and the answer sort
>>of is the opposite of TI.

>Actually, from my view not, the low stroke count is a training emphasis

Bob's got it right. Low stroke count should be a training emphasis. When you
race, just race. Even as you increase your SR during the race, your low-stroke
training emphasis should help you maintain greater SL (and hence increase your
chances for success) than those who have not emphasized awareness of SL in
training.
Terry
Terry Laughlin
Total Immersion Swimming
www.totalimmersion.net