Streamline Those Legs

Andrew Wallace
06.07.17 07:29 AM Comment(s)

Here we can see our swimmer's leg positioning needs work to improve hydrodynamic efficiency and reduce drag.

The kick could be stronger to give more propulsion, but on long distance swims 4 or 2 kick/pull cycle will conserve energy, however if the legs are apart and if there is not much flexibility in the ankles, it will increase drag and therefore reduce hydrodynamic efficiency through the water resulting in speed loss and excessive use of energy.

It's often best to strip the stroke right back to basics and work on hydrodynamics first: simple push and glide pool drills are great.

Kkeep the legs together to be as streamlined as possible, get the classic ballerina foot flexibility going, then work on the kick.

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