The Race Club – Swimming Camps • Coaching • Competitive Training • Advanced Techniques

BECAUSE LIFE IS WORTH SWIMMING

Our mission is to promote swimming through sport, lifelong enjoyment, and good health benefits. Our objective is for each member of The Race Club to improve his or her swimming performances, health, and self-esteem through our educational programs, services and creativity.

The Race Club features the primary resources available for swimmers: Swim Camp, Swim Video Subscriptions and Individual Swim Coaching. The Swim Camps are 8-session clinics held in California and Florida. The Race Club Membership is a subscription services providing access to weekly videos and more. Our individual swim coaching services are available online, where you live or at one of our two locations.

We strive to help each member of The Race Club overcome challenges and reach his or her individual life goals from Olympic swim training to developing freestyle swimming technique. The Race Club provides facilities, swim coaching, training, technical instruction, video, fitness and health programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Race Club swim camps are designed and tailored to satisfy each swimmer’s needs, whether one is trying to reach the Olympic Games or simply improve their fitness level. Our programs are suitable for beginning swimmers, pleasure swimmers, fitness swimmers, USA swimming, YMCA swimmers, or triathletes; anyone who wants to improve swimming skills. All of our Race Club members share an enjoyment of being in the water and use swimming to stimulate a more active mind and body.

VIDEO LIBRARY

Sprint Freestyle – Deep vs Deeper Pull

In this velocity meter study coach Gary Hall Sr. analyzes Olympian Brad Tandy’s sprint freestyle technique.  Brad typically uses a deep pull and we wanted to find out what happened to his velocity when he used a slightly less deep pull.  While using a deeper pull creates more frontal drag, the sprint freestyle allows the athlete to make this compromise for a limited duration of time.  Since no one (world class) is swimming sprint freestyle with a high elbow pull the question is, how deep should the pull be?  

The Importance of Backstroke Stroke Rate

The swimming stroke rates for backstroke and freestyle are very similar. So are their fundamentals. For the 200 backstroke, the longest official distance of that stroke, we recommend using the 86 stroke rate.

Freestyle – Release Phase

Almost all the great swimmers use a similar pulling technique and stroke rate in swimming.  In order to achieve a higher stroke rate swimmers often recover the arm quicker by releasing the hand early.  Some coaches emphasize the ‘back end’ of the stroke or finishing the pull all the way through with the hand. The consequence can often lead to a more efficient stroke, but with a  stroke rate that is not fast enough. We tested Olympian Brad Tandy with an early release phase pull and an extended release phase pull to learn what the difference in stroke rate, velocity and acceleration that made some interesting results….

Freestyle – Core Lift

We advocate a ‘core lift’ while swimming freestyle.  Using our drag pressure meter, Coach Gary measured the difference between a relaxed core and a lifted core.  This core lift is often taught in Yoga where the lower lumbar is flattened to the floor while laying on your back.  Naturally the lower lumbar is lifted in this position and takes work in order to get comfortable with a flat back.  In this video we demonstrate core lift exercises that will allow you to understand and improve this critical movement.  Gary then analyzes Olympic Sprint Freestyler Brad Tandy using a velocity meter analysis.  Find out what the difference between a ‘relaxed core’ and a ‘lifted core’ is!

AQUA NOTES

Main Set: Short Course Freestyle Sprint Set

Main Set of the Week: Short Course Freestyle Sprint Set
Now that we are back in short course season, our focus on starts and turns needs to get better. At The Race Club, we pride ourselves in having our members perform great starts and turns.

Sprint Freestyle Pulling Motion: Deep or Deeper?

Sprint Freestyle Pulling Motion: Deep or Deeper?
I have often noticed, particularly among young female sprinters, that the pulling motion used in a sprint is the same technique they utilize in their distance freestyle swims: high elbow, low drag.

Main Set: Two Great Backstroke Sets

Two Great Backstroke Sets

In training swimmers at The Race Club, we feel some sets should focus on technique, while others should focus on conditioning using good technique. Here are two sets that include both.

Prioritizing Backstroke Stroke Rate

In Backstroke, Stroke Rate is the Highest Priority

The fundamentals of good backstroke technique are not really much different than with good freestyle technique. Neither are the biomechanics of a good technique much different with the two strokes.

USMS OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP

Understanding the science behind the swim techniques the fastest swimmers in the world use is necessary in order to become the best one can be. At The Race Club, we believe good swimming technique combined with the right swim training allows the swimmer to progress to the highest level of performance. However, most swimmers can benefit from more technical instruction in order to improve. Swimming technique is half of the equation toward fast swimming, yet few swimmers nor coaches spend much time on technique.

As a USMS Member, you will receive a free 2 Month Trial and 20% off the membership fee. This won’t last long!

JOIN THE CLUB

We provide swimming videos for all age groups, triathletes and competitive swimmers.
Explore a breakdown of our prices for weekly videos and more below.
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Limited Time Only

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS

LANE 2

For a deeper dive into great swimming technique, move over to Lane 2.
$9.99 Per Month | 7-Day Free Trial
  • Full access to Aqua Notes library
  • Complete Video tutorials

LANE 3

For swimmers that want to go faster, move up to Lane 3.
$19.99 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • A lot more awesome features

LANE 4: Pro

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$225.00 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences
  • Online Coach: Thomas Hensen
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

LANE 4: Elite

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$325.00 Per Month
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences
  • Online Coaches: Gary Hall Sr., Gary Hall Jr., Alex Meyer
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

LANE 2

For a deeper dive into great swimming technique, move over to Lane 2.
$99.99 Per Year | 7-Day Free Trial
  • Full access to Aqua Notes library
  • Complete Video tutorials

LANE 3

For swimmers that want to go faster, move up to Lane 3.
$199.99 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews and more
  • A lot more awesome features

LANE 4: Pro

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$1999.99 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences per month
  • Online Coaches: Thomas Hensen
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

LANE 4: Elite

For the most comprehensive online coaching possible, move into the fastest speed of the Lane 4 subscription.
$2999.99 Per Year
  • Full access to Aqua Notes & Video Library
  • Access to Dryland exercise videos, interviews, and more
  • 2 live 30-minute Video Conferences per month
  • Online Coaches: Gary Hall Sr., Gary Hall Jr., Alex Meyer
  • Access to complete library of workouts for swimming and dryland

DIVE INTO LANE 1 FOR FREE

LANE 1

Dive into Lane 1 to learn the basic Race Club swimming techniques.
FREE Account
  • Weekly Promo Video, Aquanote, and Newsletter

REGISTER FOR SWIM CAMP

The Race Club Swim Camps are unlike any other swim camps or clinics. Swimmers will focus on all strokes, starts and swim turns, while improving freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly technique. Learn 4 different types of dryland training, the science of swimming and the 5 disciplines of fast swimming. Develop seasonal planning, mental training and race strategy techniques that are sure to give you an edge over your competition. Whether you’re a beginner, master, triathlete or a competitive swimmer, we recommend that all campers attend every camp session to gain a comprehensive knowledge of our methodologies to improve your swimming technique. All swim camps below are open for registration.

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Coronado, CA

Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex 818 Sixth Street Coronado, CA 92118
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Islamorada, FL

Founders Park 87000 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036