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Backstroke Spin Drill with Amy Bilquist
12/10/2019 | Backstroke
We recently worked with Olympic hopeful and National Champ Amy Bilquist. One of our goals was to increase her backstroke stroke rate as she competes with about a 95 stroke rate, compared to her competitor Reagan Smith who is swimming with a backstroke stroke rate of 110 in the 100 LCM. Even though Amy is considerably taller we wanted to get her stroke rate above 100 and believe that will be the key to success. Find out how we helped Amy find comfort wtih a 100+ stroke rate using this classic backstroke swim drill!
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Velocity Meter - Starts Round vs Flat Back
12/09/2019 | Starts
In this Velocity Meter study we tested Colombian Olympian Isabella Arcilla with two different swimming starts.  First with a flat back that she was used to doing and we see many fast swimmers using this method (namely in Great Brittain) and then we tested her with an arched or rounded back that we see the fastest starters in the world using (Brad Tandy and Caeleb Dressel).  Find out the results of this study that may influence how you practice or teach the swimming start.
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Back to Breast Crossover Turn - Step 05
12/03/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Turns
In step 5 of the learning to do a legal backstroke to breaststroke crossover transition for the individual medley, you will put all of the five steps together. In this final video of the series, you will learn how to backstroke toward the wall, initiating the transition to the proper side and at the right time. You will learn how to see the wall, touch the wall, rotate your body, and make the legal transition into a full breaststroke pullout. Next you will need to practice this great swimming technique for the individual medley 100 times before trying it in competition.
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Coley Stickels Dryland - TRX Sequence 05
11/26/2019 | Dryland
In this TRX Straps sequence with Head Coach of the University of Alabama Coley Stickels, learn how to use this tool to improve your strength training for swimming.  
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Back to Breast Crossover Turn - Step 04
11/19/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Turns
One of the biggest advantages of the backstroke to breaststroke crossover transition is being able to see the wall before you get there. You can anticipate the transition before it happens. In this fourth step of our swimming technique video series, we show you how to achieve this technique while kicking on your side and without getting disqualified. This is one of the most important techniques you will learn in the process of mastering the crossover transition.
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Backstroke Swim Technique with Amy Bilquist
11/15/2019 | Backstroke
At The Race Club, we consider that Stroke Rate is one of the keys to improve Backstroke Swim Technique. Even very tall swimmers, such as National Champion Amy Bilquist, featured in this video, and Olympian Matt Gravers must find ways to increase their stroke rates for backstroke swim technique in order to win. In this video, you will learn some of the drills and techniques we used to help Amy and improve her stroke rate, hopefully leading to a faster backstroke swim.
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Velocity Meter - Starts Back Foot Placement
11/13/2019 | Starts
What is the proper distance for the front and back foot on the swimming start? In this video we tested World Class swimmer Margo Geer in a variety of distances... find out what works best for her and how you can determine what is the best for you!
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Life in the Fast Lane Episode 16 with Mike Parratto
11/12/2019 | Interview
Life in the Fast Lane Episode 16 with Mike Parratto
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Back to Breast Crossover Turn - Step 03
11/05/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Turns
To improve your individual medley, learn the crossover transition from backstroke to breaststroke. In step 3 of this important swimming technique video series, we show you how to make the flip while rotating your feet so they get planted on the wall sideways. That technique will enable you to push off the wall into the breaststroke pullout on your stomach legally.
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Coley Stickels Dryland - TRX Sequence 04
10/29/2019 | Dryland
Follow renowned strength coach Coley Stickels dryland sequences utilizing the TRX straps.  These straps are a great way for swimmers to improve strength outside of the pool and are a safe and effective way to introduce age group swimmers to dryland.  
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Life In The Fast Lane with Kevin Zacher
10/22/2019 | Interview Podcast
For the past 12 years, Coach Kevin Zacher has guided the Scottsdale Aquatic Club in Arizona to great successes at all levels. As the Head Coach of SAC, he developed the talents of Cal sprinter, Ryan Hoffer, Cal backstroker/freestyler Amy Bilquist and Stanford Ace Tyler Ruck. He is currently coaching Amy Bilquist as she tries to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Team. Image courtesy of www.swimmingworldmagazine.com
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Back to Breast Crossover Turn - Step 02
10/21/2019 | Backstroke Breaststroke Turns
At The Race Club, we teach the breaststroke pullout a little differently than most coaches. One unique feature of our pullout technique will get you out further from the wall than you ever thought possible. Knowing when to initiate the backstroke to breaststroke transition is a key to making it successful for your swim. You can’t afford to be long or short on this transition. In Step 2 of our 5 step series on the back to breast transition, you will learn more about both of these important techniques.