Tis the season for SWIM CAMP!
We have added two additional dates for swim camp since our Dec one sold out so quick!
Sunday Jan 12th 8a-1p
Sunday Feb 23rd 81-ap
Camps are located at Nazareth College here in Rochester.
Format of our camps:
- 90 minute am swim session: focusing on video capturing, drills, general work.
- Classroom portion where we load and check out the videos, review drills and dry-land work.
- 90 minute swim session incorporating our drills and some fun swim sets.
To register click here!
In my opinion swimming is an art more than it is a science. I look at angles of the catch and all that…. but before I do that I look at HOW you swim. If you don’t have the range of motion for a certain degree range catch…. why would I stuff you into that box? I need to see how people swim over the course of 20-30 minutes before I can really assess what their limiters and needs are. I won’t ever take a 50 yard swim video at face value. You have to stand there, walk with the swimmer, watch them. Watch what happens when they fatigue. What are their habits when they stop swimming like they are being watched?
I use a combination of many systems and apply them to the athlete where they are appropriate. Some total immersion drills work great for some and are completely inappropriate for others.
Swimming is a lot like taking someone and tossing them off a plane. Let’s take this guy as an example.
He’s head down hurling towards earth. An inexperienced skydiver would begin to flail their arms in an attempt to right themselves. An experienced skydiver understands the nature and the flow of the air. How it relates to the speed they are traveling at, how the wind factors in and they know that getting into the right position doesn’t come from moving the arms and legs necessarily. It comes form the core in many cases.
Same thing in swimming. When you see a swimmer begin to pick up the pace their cadence doesn’t necessarily get faster. Their kick might pick up a bit. But the propulsion to go faster comes from the hips, the core.
I see many pull swimmers strokes apart. Have them work on pull and kick separate and expect them to magically come together when the toys are removed. I like to work the stroke in a flow. I never use a buoy and paddles together. I use them separately to work on how it all comes together. Rather than band people’s feet (I still do that however) I give them a pair of fins and I teach them how to kick.
I assess the range of motion of their shoulder joint before I box them into a certain angle with their catch… the catch originates in the shoulder. People think it comes from the elbow.
The feel for the water is the most critical. Swimmers who are not comfortable in the water fight the water, and it fights them back. It’s not true that muscular people can’t float. They just don’t have the feel. We can all float in the water regardless. We just have to learn the water.
To me….. swimming is an art. No two swimmers swim the same. No two swimmers catch or kick the same. It’s a lot like skydiving if you think about it. Move without purpose and understanding and it will be a difficult trip to the ground. Move with purpose and it’s a whole other story. But it’s not an intellectual process….. it’s an art. You feel it. You don’t think it.
See you at camp.
Switching gears to Whole30….. which for me has been Whole30 complete now onto Whole60!
A goal I set each week is to try at least one new fruit or veggie. I am to try new veggies first because while I was a healthy eater before I tended to stick to broccoli, cauliflower, spinach. The basics. The standards.
This week I ate Brussels sprouts and butternut squash for the first time ever. I know… I know…. but when you grow up Bulimic you aren’t binging on vegetables! People comment that I am missing out…. but really I am discovering. I wander around the veggie section and ask the Wegmans’ employees…. what’s this? How do I make it? Those people are awesome by the way.
Throughout this experience I have noticed that my tastes have changed. I don’t crave baked goods or even bread. I find pumpkin to be nice and sweet to satisfy that sweet tooth of mine.
As training is around 10-12 hours I find that fueling is not an issue at all. Sweet potatoes and banana/ egg pancakes (toss a little pumpkin on those too!) are more than enough. This isn’t low carbohydrate…. it’s getting your carbohydrates from better sources, that’s all. My friend Sonja turned me on to Osmo for fueling as well which thus far has worked very well!
I feel really good and I am glad I spent my off-season cleaning up my nutrition rather than indulging. I will hit the road on Dec 2nd with Coach Ryan Bolton in a really good place. I just wish Dec would hurry up and get here.
This week’s finds and must have’s:
1. Cookbook: Well Fed (there are two actually!)
2. Website: Balancing Paleo. Great recipes and experiences.
3. This week try making your own recipe! I can’t believe I actually have done this! Take a veggie, a protein and some spice. Cook it up and enjoy. It’s really that easy!!!!