stroke improvement

stroke improvement

Post by Charles L » Wed, 10 Jun 1992 03:32:49


hi, i was just reading in a triathleter magazine about hip rolling during
a freestyle stoke.  can anyone explain what that is and incorporate that in
my stroke, if i dont have that already.  they seem to think that kick
boards and even pull buoys prevent one from achieving this during a
workout.  thanks for any response
 
 
 

stroke improvement

Post by Brian Huilm » Wed, 10 Jun 1992 06:27:19


Quote:
> hi, i was just reading in a triathleter magazine about hip rolling during
> a freestyle stoke.  can anyone explain what that is and incorporate that in
> my stroke, if i dont have that already.  they seem to think that kick
> boards and even pull buoys prevent one from achieving this during a
> workout.  thanks for any response

Rather than a simple hip roll, I hope they meant a full body roll.  I think
what they are talking about is letting your body roll slightly from horizontal
with each stroke.  This will allow you to diminish your frontal resistance
(minimal effect) and to increase the depth and hopefully strenght of your
underwater stroke (intended effect).

By allowing both your shoulders and, to some extent, your hips to roll (along
a pivot line running from the top of your head, through your body and out your
feet) you can increase the depth of your stroke and allow your hand to find
calmer water.  This should increase the power output of each stroke and allow
you to make a somewhat larger S curve with the hand, also adding to power
output.

The roll will feel strange at first if you consciously (sp?) think of doing it
while practicing, but should eventually feel very natrual and strong.  I would
agree that kickboards will not allow for the roll, but I'm questioning their
dismissing pull bouys to aid you.  As a drill for both the roll and stroke
recovery, try doing paddle pulls (use both a pull bouy and hand paddles)
armpit touchers.  Sounds strange, but here it is:  when your hand is
recovering, allow your fingertips to just skim the top of the water and make
sure your thumb touches your armpit before allowing your hand to re-enter the
water.  This somewhat exagerated position (in combination with the pull bouys)
will cause you to roll a bit more than usual.  I added the paddles to the
drill to help you feel your underwater stroke and the power you can generate
by using a roll.  I should have mentioned before that you should think about
rolling while doing the drill.

Hope some of this information helps.

Brian Huilman           University of Wisconsin - Madison
                        Department of Electrical/Computer Engineering

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stroke improvement

Post by Bob Wardwe » Sun, 14 Jun 1992 03:54:43

Quote:

> hi, i was just reading in a triathleter magazine about hip rolling during
> a freestyle stoke.  can anyone explain what that is and incorporate that in
> my stroke, if i dont have that already.  they seem to think that kick
> boards and even pull buoys prevent one from achieving this during a
> workout.  thanks for any response

There happens to be a very good article in the June issue of Swimmer
Fitness by Jane Katz regarding increased body roll gives more leverage to
the pulling arm.