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April 7, 2019 at 20:12 #21658
First Session – April 6
We had a good first session. We took it slow in this first time together to get familiar with the way we will work with the water and with attention. As we go along, you’ll be moving more and more, looking more like the technique you are eager to have.
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 will work 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:
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 breathe as you please.
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.
~ Coach MatApril 17, 2019 at 09:25 #21754
Second Session – April 15
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:
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.
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.
~ Coach MatMay 5, 2019 at 11:56 #21923
Third Session – May 4
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.
You may read the introduction for the Catch and Hold.
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.
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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