Freestyle Technique July-Aug 2019 at Courthouse

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    Mat Hudson
    Keymaster

    First Session – July 25

    Hi Doris,

    We had a good first session. You did very well in picking up the drills and the focal points. It’s a pleasure to share these skills with you!

    Below are links to the lesson outline, a practice guide and some additional articles to read if they catch your interest and you have time.

    Please use this forum to stay in communication with me between and after your lessons, so I can support you as you practice.

     

    Welcome to our Freestyle Lesson Series

    To review the concepts we are working with in this lesson series you may view our Freestyle Lesson Series Overview and the article Four Essential Features, where the skill objectives for each lesson are explained.

    In our first lesson we have worked on those first two of those Four Essential Features. You may review these to understand more about our first lesson and prepare for those to come:

     

    Study

    You may view the outline for our first Balance and Streamline Lessons, which list the skills, the drills and the focal points we used in our lesson together.

    I also introduced you to the Interrupted Breathing Position which may be very helpful in your pool practice time and prepare you for Rhythmic Breathing in the following lessons.

    I also mentioned that you might enjoy using short swim fins to assist while working in the drills. You may read some thoughts on this in the article Should I Use Fins? Now you can do drills the full length of the pool, without stopping and you may breathe as you please.

     

    Practice Guide

    You may view the Practice Plan for Balance and Streamline for some guidance on how to work on these skills on your own before our next session.

     

    Some Additional Reading

    Below are some links to articles in our library that may help you. And, I do hope you will take advantage of this discussion zone to ask me specific questions about what and how to practice. This space is meant to support you in your personal training time.

    You may review our introduction to the Balance Streamline Propulsion Pyramid. You’ll use this BSP organization to help you set priorities in your skill learning process.

    A central feature of our Total Immersion method is our use of Focal Points to create a super-learning situation for your brain. You may review our introduction to Focal Points.

    As you do your personal practice between our live sessions, you may appreciate some guidance on how to organize your efforts. You may read How To Practice.

    And, as you consider how much drills versus how much whole stroke you may do in your personal practice time you may view Transition From Drills To Whole Stroke. If you are feeling some tension between your need for drill work and your need to maintain fitness you may view Focal Point Swimming for some suggestions on how to balance those.

    ~ Coach Mat

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    Mat Hudson
    Keymaster

    Second Session – August 1

    In this second lesson we continued working our way through the Four Essential Features, in the freestyle stroke.

    We focused on the next two features:

     

    Study

    You may view the outline for our second lesson on Recovery Swing, which list the skills, the drills and the focal points we used in our lesson together.

     

    Practice Guide

    You may view the Practice Plan for Recovery Swing for some guidance on how to work on these skills on your own before our next session.

     

    Additional Reading

    Today, I introduced you to the Tempo Trainer. You don’t have to digest all of this at once, but as the interest arises, you may like to view some articles on this to review some instructions I gave and get more acquainted with how to use one for your needs right now…

    ~ Coach Mat

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    Mat Hudson
    Keymaster

    Third Session – August 8

    I felt it would be good to work on the Rhythmic Breathing next, sooner than later. You made wonderful progress in this lesson. You have a knack for learning new movements.

     

    Study

    In today’s lesson we worked on Rhythmic Breathing which depends on the Four Essential Features of the freestyle stroke. You may read the introduction for Rhythmic Breathing.

     

    Lesson Outline

    You may view the outline for our third Rhythmic Breathing Lesson, which list the skills, the drills and the focal points we used in our lesson together.

     

    Practice Guide

    You may view the Practice Plan for Rhythmic Breathing for some guidance on how to work on these skills on your own before our next session.

    ~ Coach Mat

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    Mat Hudson
    Keymaster

    Fourth Session – August 15

    In today’s lesson we worked on underwater Catch (a.k.a the underwater pull) as a bonus to the Four Essential Features of the freestyle stroke. After spending some time working on the catch, we applied those skills on Rhythmic Breathing for the end of this lesson.

    You may read the introduction for the Catch and Hold.

    I also mentioned that you might enjoy using short swim fins to assist while working in the drills. I let you try my pair of Finis ‘Positive Drive’ fins, size large. You may read some thoughts on this in the article Should I Use Fins?

     

    Lesson Outline

    You may view the outline for our fourth lesson on the Catch and Hold, which list the skills, the drills and the focal points we used in our lesson together.

     

    Practice Guide

    You may view the Practice Plan for Catch and Hold for some guidance on how to work on these skills on your own.

    ~ Coach Mat

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