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How to Train for a Triathlon: Open Water Swim Part 1

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Many of us are considering to train for a triathlon by entering the ocean with an Open Water Swim for the first time this season, or ever. Preparing for an Open Water swim is critical and will often present unexpected and dangerous conditions during a triathlon. Whether you are considering training for your first triathlon, an athlete looking for a competitive edge with Open Water swimming, or just a sunbather going for a swim on a sunny day, this Open Water series will enhance your ability to avoid and prevent danger from occurring.

We teamed up with professional Triathlete and Silverline Athletic’s own Holden Comeau and LA County Lifeguard Andrew Czer as they prepare for the Venice Beach Triathlon to learn the safest and fastest way to enter the water. Learn critical open water swimming techniques that are key to train for a Triathlon such as “the bottom check” and “high stepping”.

And meet John Baltz, a local first time triathlete who maybe in over his head…

We’d like to thank Silverline Athletics (www.silverlineathletics.com) and the LA Tri Club (www.latriclub.com) for making this production possible!

Watch each part to our Open Water Swim video series or watch the full movie by clicking the links below. Enjoy the open water! it should be a safe and amazing experience to train for a triathlon!


Fast Swimming Techniques: How to Streamline

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In this video on Fast Swimming Techniques, Gary Hall Sr. talks about how to perform a most efficient streamline. Many Coaches are still teaching the ‘biceps over ears’ method, but at the Race Club we believe in a different streamline that will result in 3 different ways the entire body becomes more streamline. Find out The Race Club way to streamline and you will find that it is not easy but significantly faster. Go back to the basics and learn how to streamline, and learn why we teach this way. Then you will realize how streamlining is not only important in the dive and push off the wall, but how you can use your new and improved streamline in your swimming strokes. Thanks for watching!


Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Stroke Rate

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In this 5th of 5 videos on Fast Swimming Techniques for Butterfly, we take you back to when Head Coach Mike Bottom was training the Race Club athletes for an amazing showcase at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Mike shows us an advanced training technique for Butterfly stroke rate with none other than 2008 Silver Medalist in the 100 fly, Milorad Cavic. There are many different ways to incorporate stroke rate into your swimming training program whether you’re in the pool or not. What are some of your own? Mike Cavic demonstrates some dryland exercises with stretch cords on how to develop a fast stroke rate. An amazing example of how to train for fast swimming outside of the pool. We also see the initial catch in the pool and how important that is to a fast butterfly stroke rate. Mike Bottom is now the current Head Coach of the 2013 NCAA Champs University of Michigan Swimming Team! Go BLUE!


Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Kick

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In this 4th of 5 videos on fast swimming techniques for Butterfly, Gary Hall Sr. of the Race Club talks about the importance of the butterfly kick. Find out the fastest swimming technique for butterfly that utilizes 4 kicks for every stroke cycle. Featuring footage from the new Race Club DVD Life is Worth SwimmingUniversity of Michigan Alumn and Team Captain, Bobby Savulich demonstrates an exemplary butterfly with stunning camera angles. In the short axis stroke of butterfly, it is so important to have a strong and efficient kick. Have you ever heard of a great butterflyer with a mediocre kick?


Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Breathing

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More and more world class swimmers are breathing to the side for the Butterfly stroke. In this 3rd part of 5 Fast Swimming Techniques videos on Butterfly, Butterfly Breathing features 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100 meter butterfly and 6 time Olympian Lars Frolander. Gary Hall Sr. discusses the two different ways of getting the breath during the recovery in Butterfly. There are advantages and disadvantages to each swimming technique of breathing either to the side or to the front. In addition, Gary Sr. explains how to breathe and what is fastest bio-mechanically in the water, whether breathing to the side or front.


Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Stroke

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In this 2nd of 5 fast swimming techniques videos for Butterfly, we feature Olympic Silver Medalist in the 100 fly Milorad Cavic. Gary Hall Sr. discusses the proper way to engage the underwater pull as well as how to ‘relax’ the arms during the recovery. The initial catch in butterfly is so important to establish a strong underwater pull as the hands never let go of the water. PUlling iwth a high elbow just outside the body line is sometimes counter intuitive to swimmers. Gary Sr. explains why the butterfly stroke requires the strength and efficiency it does. This video features footage from both “Three Styles of Freestyle” and “Life is Worth Swimming” available now in our store. Thanks for watching!


Fast Swimming Techniques: Butterfly Body Position

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In this first of five webisodes on how to swim fast butterfly, Gary Hall Sr. discusses butterfly body position and how it correlates to a strong kick and a low driving breath. Body position is key to swimming fast in this short axis stroke. What is the best body position to have while swimming butterfly? How often should one breathe? We discuss the science that will enhance your own swimming training program in this first of five swimming technique videos from the Race Club. Not only get great tips on how to swim butterfly fast, but understand why we teach what we do and the science behind our philosophy.

Featuring footage from “Life is Worth Swimming” our newest DVD Starring Bobby Savulich and George Bovell III available in our store.

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The Race Club Swimming Technique Talk by Gary Hall Sr.

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Gary Hall Sr speaks with The Race Club campers at Florida Swim Camps in Islamorada. He talks about fast swimming technique and the laws that reign over us. The Fundamentals of Fast Swimming are the basis of everything we teach at The Race Club.  Learn cutting edge information for your own swimming training program from the best in the sport of Swimming. See how science relates to how we move in the water. Understanding the principles and the laws that govern each and every one of us, will give you an advantage over your competition. Understanding the principles is the first step in swimming faster. Take some notes! Gary Hall Sr. conducts year round swim camps with The Race Club. Click here for more info on camps, clinics and more…. Thanks for watching.


Life is Worth Swimming Music Video

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The Life is Worth Swimming DVD from The Race Club covers technique advice on all four strokes, starts, turns, kicking, dryland and drills. Learn the Five Disciplines of training required to be the best one can be, no matter what your level of swimming is. Gary Hall Sr. narrates and coaches Olympian George Bovell III and Bobby Savulich through these Five Disciplines that are Swimming, Physical, Nutritional, Recovery, and Mental Training.

Entirely shot on the RED Epic Camera and in the beautiful surroundings of the Florida Keys this DVD has the best underwater and slow motion imaging available to date. This is the official Life is Worth Swimming music video. Directed by Richard Hall. Music scored by Kyle Pittman (www.blubufilms.com). Cinematography by Frazier Nivens (www.oceanimaging.com) and Michael Hastings (www.aquavideo.com). Starring George Bovell III and Bobby Savulich.

Buy your copy today to understand and put into your practice the Disciplines of The Race Club.

 


Life is Worth Swimming Trailer

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The Life is Worth Swimming DVD from The Race Club covers technique advice on all four strokes, starts, turns, kicking, dryland and drills. Learn the Five Disciplines of training required to be the best one can be. Gary Hall Sr. narrates and coaches Olympian George Bovell III and Bobby Savulich through these Five Disciplines that are Swimming, Physical, Nutritional, Recovery, and Mental Training.

Entirely shot on the RED Epic Camera and in the beautiful surroundings of the Florida Keys this DVD has the best underwater and slow motion imaging available to date. This is the official trailer. Directed by Richard Hall. Cinematography by Frazier Nivens (www.oceanimaging.com) and Michael Hastings (www.aquavideo.com). Music by Kyle Pittman (www.blubufilms.com). Starring George Bovell III and Bobby Savulich.

Buy your Life is Worth Swimming DVD today to understand and put into practice the 5 disciplines of The Race Club.