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Breaststroke Kick with FINIS Board and Snorkel

In this video we use swim training equipment to focus on one of the most important parts of the breaststroke kick with legs elevated and toes pointed. Both a mono snorkel and a FINIS Alignment board allow the swimmer to focus on the timing of finishing the kick with knees held narrow and tight. Using this combination of equipment we find swimmers figure out these key aspects to a great breaststroke swim technique.

Swimming Start Progression – Part 3

In our previous videos, Paralympian Lizzi Smith learned the 3 coupling motions of a great swimming start on dry land. It is critical to know how to perform the head lift, arm swing and leg kick before we get in the water and Lizzi was able to master each of these motions separately. In this video Lizzi gets on the blocks and begins practicing the complete swimming start. As with most Campers learning this start technique for the first time, applying these 3 coupling motions takes time and practice. As this swimming start progression video continues we break down the coupling motions individually and in a way that helps the swimmer understand how to perform each one before putting them all together.

Hip Driven Freestyle – FINIS Tech Toc and Hydro Hip

In this video coaches Gary Hall Sr and Devin Murphy take our Race Club swimmers through fine points of what makes a successful hip-driven freestyle. While we don’t have partnerships with any company, we utilize many different pieces of swim training equipment. The campers put on the Finis Tech Toc and Hydro Hip belts to enable them to feel and hear the proper amount of hip rotation. When utilizing the Finis Tech Toc belts, swimmers Rachel and Marin are able to hear a ball bearing slide from side to side while the rotation is occurring. The ball bearing also has weight to it allowing the swimmers to feel how much rotation is necessary to receive the “surge point” while finishing the stroke past the hip. A quick rotation and loud pop from the ball bearing is key to a successful hip-driven freestyle.
National Age Group Record Holder Josh Zuchowski wears a similar device from Finis called a Hydro Hip. The fins sit on the swimmers hips and add drag to the rotation making the swim harder. This allows the swimmer to really feel the amount of speed needed to flip the hips from one side to the other to achieve great coupling energy. We’ve found that the Finis makes great swim training equipment especially in teaching the hip-driven freestyle technique. For newer swimmers, or swimmers that are just learning the hip-driven freestyle we recommend the Tech Toc. Swimmers that are stronger and have been doing hip-driven freestyle for some time, we recommend the Hydro Hip.

Swimming Start Progression – Part 2

In our first video in this series, Lizzi learned the ‘head lift and arm’ swing on dryland. Lizzi was able to master these two coupling motions using our dryland exercises. Through repeating these dryland exercises, we we’re able to correct some mistakes we commonly see. We believe that taking the time to master the 3 coupling motions on dryland will lead to success on the actual starting block. Once Lizzi was comfortable with the ‘head lift and arm swing’ we continued onto the next equally important step in the progression. In this part 2 we cover the next swimming start progression where Lizzi learns the mechanics of the back leg kick. This is the most underutilized technique of the swimming start and can make a huge difference your swimming start!

Shoulder Driven Freestyle – 6 Kick Switch Drill

As we progress through learning a Shoulder Driven Freestyle, Coach Devin teaches the campers the most transformative part of the progression. Most swimmers have been taught this swim drill before but what to focus on is paramount. Follow these Race Club campers through their journey to become efficient shoulder driven freestylers.

Dolphin Kick Velocity Meter with Masters Swimmer Tim Delehanty

Masters swimmer Tim Delehanty joins Coach Gary for a skype review of his dolphin kick. Even though Tim is a masters swimmer he makes many of the same mistakes we see every level of swimmer make. In this video Gary Sr breaks down Tim’s dolphin kick and explain the technology that we use to measure our swimmers.

Butterfly Velocity Meter – Tim Delehanty

The ideal butterfly technique for Masters swimmers depends on many factors, including the race distance, conditioning, flexibility and kicking strength. In this discussion about Masters swimmer Tim Delehanty’s butterfly velocity meter analysis, we describe some of the swimming techniques that Tim does well and not so well. Learn from watching this educational video to improve your own butterfly swim technique.

Swimming Start Progression – Part 1

In the fast-approaching 2021 Paralympic and Olympic games in Tokyo, Paralympian Lizzi Smith will be swimming several sprint events. Lizzi recently trained with us in San Diego in order to improve her start for the upcoming Tokyo Games. We’ve had tremendous success teaching our athletes what we call the ‘Brad Tandy’ start that incorporate 3 distinct coupling motions including the head, arms and legs. Lizzi has one arm and was using a ‘weight forward’ swimming start not utilizing her upper body much at all. Because of Lizzi’s disability we modified a slightly wider stance with the feet to compensate for any balance issues. Other than this slight modification, this is the same swimming start progression we teach to an age grouper, masters or professional so follow along through this series of dryland and swim drills and you too could be flying off the blocks on your start!

Masters Swimming – Finding A Faster Flip Turn

Most coaches teach swimmers to ‘glide’ off the wall before engaging the first dolphin kick which we believe is not the fastest and not surprisingly we see most swimmers doing this swim technique. U.S. Masters Swimmer Masako worked with us in order to improve her freestyle flip turns. Tune into this lesson that applies to not only many Masters Swimmers but also age groupers. We take Masako through a series of tests that can help determine how many and when to take dolphin kicks, if any at all.

Velocity Meter Review with Josh Zuchowski

Coach Gary sits down with rising superstar Josh Zuchowski to go over Velocity Meter studies. In this review learn what mistakes we’ve been working on with Josh in order to make him faster than he already is which is really really fast!

Butterfly Breathing for the 50

In our final installment of the Butterfly Breathing series we talk about the shortest race in swimming the 50 yards or meters. Ideally a swimmer won’t need a breath in this short race but it depends on your age and ability but knowing when you are ready to go no breath is key to performing at your best. Find out if no breathing is the best swim technique in butterfly breathing for you! Remember to always train under the supervision of a coach or lifeguard when hypoxic training.

Breaststroke Back Kick

In the next swim drill that Head Coach Devin Murphy practices with the Race Club campers is breaststroke kick on your back. In our previous video on breaststroke kick we learned how important it is to finish the kick with toes pointed and feet together. This swim drill not only amplifies this important aspect of breaststroke kick technique but also requires a narrow distance between the knees that allows for a lightning fast breaststroke kick.

Breaststroke Pull – Velocity Meter Review with Bora Hurst

16 year old Bora Hurst and his teammates recently came to the Race Club in Islamorada for a swim camp. Bora’s goal this year is to break 1:00 in the 100 yard breaststroke. After watching Bora swim the Race Club coaches worked on some changes to Bora’s Breaststroke and tested different swim techniques using our velocity meter technology. After analyzing the results, Coach Gary Sr had a video conference with Bora to go over the results. Find out some of the changes Bora made during the swim camp and get insight into what a Velocity Meter or Lane 4 session is like with a Race Club coach!

Breathing Patterns for the 100 Butterfly

The 100 butterfly is a unique event in that it requires a swimmer to utilize both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. In this video we teach our Race Club campers a number butterfly breathing patterns used by some of the top butterfliers in the world. Depending on your age, level of swimming, gender, aerobic shape, there in an optimal butterfly breathing pattern for you! Check out this video where we help our Race Club campers choose which pattern is right for them in the 100 Butterfly. Once you figure out what is best for you, you’ll be finishing your race like a pro!

Breathing Patterns for the 200 Butterfly

The 200 butterfly can be a grueling event, and going into the race without a plan will make it even worse! In this video we take a group of Race Club campers through different butterfly breathing patterns utilized by men and women of different ages and ability levels. We also discuss what pitfalls to avoid when butterfly breathing in the 200 Fly. To make a difficult event a little more manageable, check out this video to see what pattern will work for you. Remember, a failure to plan is a plan to fail!

Hybrid Freestyle – 6 Kick 2 Stroke Drill

In our previous introduction to Hybrid Freestyle we learned where this technique maybe the best to use, who uses it and when. On Day 2 of our Race Club camp head coach Devin leads this group of campers through a drill that allows the swimmers to learn how to execute this technique properly.

Breaststroke Velocity Meter – Feet

In this video we compare two world class breaststroke swimmers Mike Alexandrov and Nikola Obravac. Coach Gary analyzes both swimmers using our velocity meter technology and found an astounding difference between the two swimmers.

Butterfly Breathing – Introduction

At The Race Club we believe that oxygen is an underrated and often misunderstood nutrient especially when it comes to breathing patterns in swimming! In our next series of videos being released on our Lane 2 membership, Head Coaches Gary Hall Sr and Devin Murphy guide a group of Race Club campers through the various options of butterfly breathing patterns and help each camper decide which option is best for them. Stay tuned to see how factors like race distance, age, gender, and ability level determine how often you should breathe in butterfly. Surprisingly, most swimmers don’t even think about their breathing pattern in butterfly or if it is the most effective. For more help, make sure you sign up for a Race Club membership or one of our many camps being held in Coronado, California or Islamorada, Florida!

Interview – Brad Tandy

South African Olympian Brad Tandy discusses his experience with the Race Club and how it will change his training. He also talks about his best memory from swimming that you might be surprised to learn about….

Breaststroke – Finishing the Kick

Breaststroke is one of the most kick-dependent strokes in swimming. In this video we take a group of campers through the details of the breaststroke kick that will help them not only reduce significant amounts of drag, but also create extra propulsion. Check out this video to learn all the secrets of a great breaststroke kick!

Undulating the Breaststroke Pullout

In this video coach Gary Hall Sr has world class breaststroker Nikola Obravac test two types of a breaststroke pullout using the velocity meter. In the first Nikola performs what he is used to by engaging a large undulalting dolphin kick before pulling the hands down. We then had Nikola perform a pullout using a small tight undualting dolphin kick prior to the pullout. Find out which is faster and by how much…. you might change you engage your dolphin kick during the breaststroke pullout.

Hip Driven Freestyle – Catch Up Drill

Coach Devin Murphy leads the Race Club camp Hip Driven Freestyle session with this ‘Catch Up’ swim drill. This classic swim drill has been taught by many different coaches for as long as we can remember. But what to focus on can make a key difference in how to execute this drill effectively.

Shoulder Driven Freestyle – Body Rotation Drill

We continue our Shoulder Driven Freestyle series with a consecutive series of drills that help you understand and ultimately master this swim technique. This first drill or ‘Body Rotation Drill’ is fundamental to learning a fast Shoulder Driven Freestyle. Learn what we look for and how we teach this critical swim drill.

Freestyle Breakout Series – Explosive Breakout

In this second video of our Freestyle Breakout Series, Gary Sr takes masters swimmers Mike and Cindie Boosen through the finer details of an explosive breakout for their freestyle swim race. If you’ve ever wondered how many dolphin kicks to take off of your walls, when to start dolphin kicking off of your walls this video series on the Freestyle Breakout is for You!

Freestyle Breakout Series – Dolphin Kick Test

One of the most common questions we get when it comes to dolphin kick is how many should I take off the wall before breakout? The answer depends entirely on your all out dolphin kick speed vs your all out stroke speed. We do this test for Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle and in this video Mike and Cinde Boosin are 2 Masters swimmers that are sprinters. We have already worked on their angle of recovery and now we will find out how many, if any dolphin kicks at all they should be doing off the start and walls for respective distances. This simple yet effective measure can make a huge difference in your swim race so check it out and continue testing yourself throughout your career….

Hip Driven Freestyle – Wall Swim

Hip Driven freestyle requires a strong connection with the hip and connection of the water during the catch. We use this swim drill to help our swimmers understand the timing of this connection using our swim training equipment and swim talkers with the Race Club coaches.

Freestyle Kick Series – Drag Socks

In this video world class swimmers Aaron Greenberg and Artyom Machekin do their final kick set for their training session at the Race Club. So far they have completed a variety of kicking challenges and at this point are pretty tired but they must put on drag socks that makes kicking extremely difficult for the last set…

The Race Club Full Circuit

We have broken down 5 of the dryland exercises included in this Race Club Circuit so now it’s time to give the entire sequence a go! Each station is 1:00 minute on and :30 seconds off and you can customize the workout with any variety/modification of dryland exercises. Since we began in 2003, we have seen a tremendous impact on swimmers who utilize a similar type of Circuit in their training schedule in the pool and just as important a new found and fresh enthusiasm for the sport.

Coley Stickels Dryland – Off On Throw Jump

Renowned Strength Coach Coley Stickels finishes his Med Ball Sequence with this Off On Pushup Throw Jump. Learn how to execute this explosive exercise up properly and it will definitely improve your ballistic movements.

The Race Club Circuit – High Elbow Roundhouse Boxing

In this 5th dryland exercise in the Race Club Circuit, Cinde Boosin demonstrates the classic Roundhouse Boxing with a High Elbow. This exercise incorporates all of the muscles used in the high elbow pull. Doing this exercise will help you build strength and power during this critical swim technique quicker and more efficiently.

Freestyle Swimming Technique – 3 Styles of Freestyle

At The Race Club we don’t believe that one style of freestyle swimming technique is enough for a swimmer to be successful at every distance. We want our swimmers to walk away from our camps and private sessions with at least two or three different freestyle swimming technique that they can utilize depending on his/her events. Coaches Gary Hall Sr and Devin Murphy take our campers through the Three Styles of Freestyle – Shoulder Driven, Hip Driven and Hybrid Freestyle. In this video we showcase each freestyle swimming technique as our coaches discuss characteristics that are unique to each style in order to help the swimmers perfect each swimming techique and finally sets that will reinforce each style. Check out our ‘Introduction’ videos for Hip Driven Freestyle, Shoulder Driven Freestyle and Hybrid Freestyle and stay tuned for more drills and exercises for each respective swimming technique.

Hybrid Freestyle – Introduction

In this continuation of our Three Styles of Freestyle video series, The Race Club coaches Devin Murphy and Gary Hall Sr take a group of campers through the characteristics of Hybrid Freestyle. Most of the campers had not yet tried Hybrid freestyle in this video. Through learning Hip and Shoulder Driven freestyle, they quickly become adept at hybrid freestyle. If you’ve ever wondered why swimmers like Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky breathe every stroke cycle or “gallop” during their freestyle – this videos for you!

Shoulder Driven Freestyle – Introduction

Our most popular video at The Race Club is our 3 Styles of Freestyle that we produced several years ago.  In the 90’s renowned swim coach Mike Bottom coined this term that helped his swimmers understand how to incorporate different swim techniques for different events mainly shoulder driven freestyle for sprinting.  As time has passed and technology has improved, we recognized it is time to give our members a fresh look at a favorite topic and explore how this technique has evolved.  In this introduction to shoulder driven freestyle, Coaches Gary Hall Sr and Devin Murphy take our campers through the nuances and characteristics that are utilized by the best shoulder driven freestyles in the world of swimming.

Hip Driven Freestyle – Introduction

Freestyle is the swimming stroke that has the widest variety of swim technique. Depending on what swim race you are competing in different swim techniques will most certainly be required in order to swim your fastest. In this video we begin our series of videos on Hip Driven Freestyle, the most efficient, slowest and equally as important as both Shoulder and Hybrid Freestyle. Learn the key techniques required in order to swim Hip Driven Freestyle…

Dryland with Coley Stickels – Straddle Throw

In this more advanced exercise learn how to stradle throw a med ball into a chest pass. This exercise not only engages the key muscles used in fast kicking, it also requires some serious hand eye coordination.

Individual Medley – Suicide Set

In this video Head Race Club Coach Devin Murphy trains rising super-star Josh Zuchowski through an individual medley set that will help build dolphin kicking strength in swimmers at all levels. We wanted to share this unique set with you at this time because it does not require a full length pool as it incorporates mid-pool turns. So hop in a lake, pond, backyard pool, etc and give it a go. Do not try this in a bathtub.

The Race Club Circuit – Flick Kicks

In this Race Club dryland exercise the swimmer mimics how you would use a 6 beat kick in the pool on land. Try this exercise out for 1 minute, the amount of kicks per minute in the pool is far greater than you think!

Pressure Meter Webinar with Zane Grothe

This week learn how Pressure Meter technology is being used at The Race Club to identify the smallest errors in your swimming technique. Led by Gary Hall Sr, Technical Director, you will discover what information is derived from just a few seconds of testing. With the help of elite freestyler Zane Grothe, we will show you examples of comparing different freestyle stroke techniques and how changing a technique can be evaluated with the Pressure Meter. When used properly, the Pressure Meter measures propulsion derived from the hands and body’s rotation. It enables us to look at your swimming strokes under a microscope. Don’t miss this one!

Freestyle Kick Series – Kick Chordz

We like to use the Kick Chordz especially for swimmers who tend to over bend the knee in butterfly and freestyle kick. In this video we give world class swimmers Artyom Machekin (Switzerland) and Aaron Greenberg (Israel) use the Kick Chordz during one of our sprint kick sets…

The Race Club Circuit – High Elbow Pull with Stretch Chordz

The Race Club Dryland circuit has a long history of creative and intense exercises. Originally created by Mike Bottom and Gary Hall Jr (along with their strength trainers, Tim McClellan, JR Rosania, Andy Diechart and others) the circuit was designed to make long VO2 Max, intense workouts interesting, fun and ultimately beneficial to speed in the water. In the 3rd exercise of this particular circuit we implement the high elbow pull with stretch chordz.

Webinar with Coley Stickels – Boxing

Join us for a  FREE Webinar Friday, April 24th, 1 PM EASTERN TIME, with Head Coach of Alabama Swimming, Coley Stickels. Coley is known for his unique and innovative dryland routines.  This week he will discuss the exercises in our Lane 2 Boxing Dryland Sequence and answer your questions.

Webinar with Josh Zuchowski – Velocity Meter

This week learn how Velocity Meter technology is being used at The Race Club to identify the smallest errors in your swimming technique. Led by Gary Hall Sr, Technical Director, you will discover what information is derived from just a few seconds of testing. With the help of Josh Zuchowski, we will show you examples of comparing different stroke techniques and how changing a technique can be evaluated with the Velocity Meter. When used properly, the Velocity Meter enables us to look at your swimming strokes under a microscope. Don’t miss this one!

Dryland Boxing Workout

Alabama Head Coach Coley Stickels has designed a strength training boxing sequence that is designed to make swimmers fast.  In the late 90’s Tim McLellan, Gary Hall Jr and Mike Bottom were incorporating boxing into their dryland training with the Race Club that were incorporated and made famous by Michael Phelps and his strength trainer Keenan Robinson. There is no secret that these exercises, influenced by MMA training lead to explosive and dynamic results in the pool.  Coley Stickels has developed these exercises to a level we never imagined!  Even if you don’t have a partner, doing these exercises will alone will suffice so make some room set up your lap top and get ready to sweat and have fun!

Dryland with Coley Stickels – Medicine Ball Fall

In this exercise there are countless variations that you can incorporate using a wall or bench. Once you have become comfortable with the previous sequences these seemingly difficult exercise will be executed very well!

Webinar with Coley Stickels and Ryan Held – TRX Straps

Join us for a  FREE Webinar Friday, April 17th, 1 PM EASTERN TIME, with Head Coach of Alabama Swimming, Coley Stickels and Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held. Coley is known for his unique and innovative dryland routines.  This week he will demonstrate the exercises in our Lane 2 TRX Dryland Sequence live and answer your own questions about the sequences… so get your gear and be ready to join us!!!

Webinar with Kim Vandenberg

A California native, Olympic bronze medalist Kim Vandenberg specializes in both the butterfly and freestyle. She is a two-time gold medalist from the 2011 Pan American games in the 200 butterfly and the 4×200 freestyle relay, a silver medalist from the 2007 world championships in the 200 fly and a three-time national champion in the 200 fly. Since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she has traveled the world giving motivational talks and teaching swim clinics and private lessons to international schools throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.

Dryland with Coley Stickels – On, Off, Stradle, Kick, Pusup, Retrieve

In this sequence of the Med Ball workout with Alabama head coach Coley Stickels, his athletes perform the On, Off, Stradle, Kick, Pushup, Retrieve. This is a super fun exercise that can be done alone by retrieving the medicine ball yourself. This will really engage the hamstring and groin muscles that are key for fast kicking.

The Race Club Circuit – Flutter Kick in Plank Position

The Race Club Dryland circuit has a long history of creative and intense exercises. Originally created by Mike Bottom and Gary Hall Jr (along with their strength trainers, Tim McLellan, JR Rosana, Andy Diechart and others) the circuit was designed to make long VO2 Max, intense workouts interesting, fun and ultimately beneficial to speed in the water. At the Race Club we teach every camper how these pioneers created a fun, energetic, competitve and intense enviroment every time you do this circuit. In this series, we’ll break down some of the exercises we perform during our circuit and are always happy to hear about your own variations/additions to this ever evolving workout.

TRX Sequence – Dryland Workout

This TRX Sequence is designed by world renowned strength coach and head coach of Alabama swimming Coley Stickels. The TRX straps as well as other brands, are a great tool for swimmers, especially in this time of quarantine. Learn this dryland workout that has led Coley’s Athletes to major success in the pool! Register for our FREE WEBINAR on Friday April 10, at 10AM PST where Coley will go over this sequence with Gary Hall Sr.

Vertical Butterfly Recovery with Lizzi Smith Part 3

In previous videos with Paralympian Lizzi Smith we showed you some dryland exercises and began working on her vertical recovery in butterfly. At this point Lizzi is really starting to click with this new technique thanks to this classic drill…

Freestyle Kick Series – All Out Free with Vertical Kicking

In this Race Club training session Elite National Team swimmers Artyom Machekin (Switzerland) and Aaron Greenberg (Israel) do their second kick set that involves sprint freestyle with vertical kicking.  This is a great set to do in pools that are small! 

The Race Club Dryland Exercises

At the Race Club dryland exercise has always been an integral part of our training. Over the years we’ve worked with some of the best strength coaches in our sport that have helped build our extensive video library of exercises and workouts. One thing you will find in common is they are all fun and require little or no equipment or weights making them suitable for all athletes and non athletes! We hope you enjoy this sneak peak at some of the exercises we will explore in Lane 2-4!

Dryland Workout – Medicine Ball Series

Coley Stickels Medicine Ball 20 minute dryland workout can be performed in your own home and modified for any participant but can be virtually copied by a good age group athlete. Ideally, for this workout, you will need a gymnastics or thick yoga mat, plenty of room to perform dynamic movements and a partner to help so get your mat and med ball and get ready to sweat!

Freestyle Kick Series – Finis Board and Alignment Snorkel

In this set learn what Elite National Team swimmers Artyom Machekin (Switzerland) and Aaron Greenberg (Israel) did for their freestyle swimming kick set with The Race Club. This is a set we like to give to our swimmers who want some real training and Aaron and Artyom came by to get the job done!

The Race Club Swim Camps

The Race Club swim camps are located in beautiful Islamorada, Florida and Coronado, California. We wanted to share with you some of the experience that our campers get when they visit us since many of you aren’t able to visit. Check out this montage of some of our camp from Islamorada recently. We hope to see you soon and if you can’t make it, be sure to subscribe to our videos in order to get as much of the camp experience as you can!

Pro Series – Starts with Mike Alexandrov

Learn some of the nuances that a great breaststroke start requires. This start requires a bit of a different approach than Butterfly and Freestyle and former American Record holder Mike Alexandrov shares some of his insight in this Pro Starts series.

Backstroke Stroke Rate Test Set with Amy Bilquist

In the final video of this Backstroke Stroke Rate series with Olympic hopeful Amy Bilquist we put her to the test with a set designed to challenge maintaining a stroke rate of 105. In our previous videos, we gave Amy a series of swim drills to get her comfortable and understand what it takes to get to a 105 stroke rate. It’s one thing to be able to get to this stroke rate for a 25, find out how she does throughout this test set!

Pro Series Starts with Jimmy Feigen

Jimmy Feigen was a standout swimmer under Coach Eddie Reese at the University Texas and 2 time Olympian and Gold Medalist. Learn what he thinks about during the Start and Breakout.

Jimmy Feigen and the Magic Hot Dog Memory

We often ask our swimmers what is their favorite swimming memory.  Check out this hilarious story from Olympic Gold Medalist and University of Texas standout…

Butterfly Vertical Recovery with Lizzie Smith

We worked with Paralympian Lizzie Smith in San Diego on her arm recovery. Most swimmers tend to have too low of an arm recovery that leads to a less efficient stroke. Learn how we made Lizzie’s stroke more vertical with some drills and dryland exercises.

The Race Club Masters Swimming

At the Race Club, we work with a lot of Triathletes and Masters swimmers. Meet Mike and Cinde, who are U.S. Masters Swimmers, see how we get them to change how they’ve been swimming for years and swim as fast as ever! Sign up for our exclusive Masters swim camp in Islamorada, FL Feb 7-10 in and Sep 18-21 in Coronado, CA.

Life in the Fast Lane Episode 17 with Amy Bilquist

Coach Gary Hall Sr sits down with Olympic hopeful and National Champ Amy Bilquist. Amy graduated from Cal and was a standout backstroke swimmer there… she is now training with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club and is swimming FAST! Learn about Amy’s journey to Tokyo 2020!

Dolphin Kick vs Backstroke Speed

It is critical to know how many dolphin kicks you should take off each wall in order to maximize your efficiency during a race. At the Race Club we help find that optimal amount of Dolphin Kicks off each wall whether you swim Fly, Back or Free.

Pro Series – Starts with Masters Swimmer Joe Miller

In this swimming start pro series, we feature Joe Miller an accomplished competitive swimmer from the University of Texas Longhorns and exceptional Masters swimmer in Butterfly. Masters swimmers often need to modify their swimming start technique to be the fastest they can be! Learn the nuances that Joe thinks about when making his swimming start as a masters swimmer.

Pro Series – Starts with Luca Spinazolla

In this ‘Pro Series’ we feature USC grad and Backstroke standout Luca Spinazolla. Learn what Luca thinks about when he sets up his start and how many dolphin kicks he chooses to take underwater before breaking out.

TRC-Proper Backstroke Swimming Start

In this video, we explore two variations of the backstroke swimming start.  Rising age group swimming star Josh Zuchowski and Luca Spinazolla will demonstrate two different styles of backstroke start. Watch and see which start is best for each respective athlete.

Velocity Meter – Starts Bent Start vs Straight Arm Start

In this video, we explore two variations of the backstroke swimming start.  Rising age group swimming star Josh Zuchowski and Luca Spinazolla will demonstrate two…

The Correct Swim Pulling Motion with Lizzi Smith

Lizzi Smith, an elite Paralympian preparing for the Tokyo Games of 2020, came to The Race Club for some improvements in her butterfly technique. We found critical flaws in her swim pulling motion and recovery that resulted in her plateau. In this video, Race Club coach Troy Marcikic works with Lizzie to establish the correct swim pulling motion, using dry land exercises, and some of our favorite Race Club drills.

Backstroke Spin Drill with Amy Bilquist

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!

Velocity Meter – Starts Round vs Flat Back

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.

Back to Breast Crossover Turn – Step 05

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.

Coley Stickels Dryland – TRX Sequence 05

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.  

Back to Breast Crossover Turn – Step 04

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.

Backstroke Swim Technique with Amy Bilquist

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.

Velocity Meter – Starts Back Foot Placement

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!

Life in the Fast Lane Episode 16 with Mike Parratto

Life in the Fast Lane Episode 16 with Mike Parratto. Mike was the American Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2019. Two of his most noted swimmers are Jenny Thompson and Regan Smith. He compares the two swimmers in this interview.

Back to Breast Crossover Turn – Step 03

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.

Coley Stickels Dryland – TRX Sequence 04

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.  

Life In The Fast Lane with Kevin Zacher-Episode 15

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

Back to Breast Crossover Turn – Step 02

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.

Velocity Meter Study – Starts with Amanda Kendall

As a swimmer, what should you do with your head on the start, lift it or keep it down? It is one of the controversial topics on start technique. In this comparative video, analyzing world-class and USA National Champion butterflyer Amanda Kendall, we try to put this technical controversy to rest. Watch this video and discover which head technique on your swimming start is better and by how much.

Back to Breast Crossover Turn – Step 1

Follow along each of the 5 steps in learning the backstroke to breaststroke crossover turn. Using these simple steps will lead to learning this rapidly and we highlight some of the common mistakes on each of the steps and how to avoid them.

Fast Swimming Technique Back to Breast Turn

The fastest swimming technique in the Individual Medley swimming race is to use the backstroke to breaststroke crossover transition. At The Race Club, we have developed an excellent way for swimmers of all ages to learn this fast but tricky at first technique. Learn the five steps we take our Swim Campers through that makes this seemingly difficult turn, easy!

Coley Stickels Dryland – TRX Sequence III

Follow along with renowned strength and head coach of the University of Alabama swim team, Coley Stickels as this TRX sequence get more intense! The TRX Straps are a great tool and a great way to get younger swimmers stronger safely.
To take your exercise to the next level, what tools do you use?

Ronald & Troy Marcikic, A Journey To Masters Coach

Ronald Marcikic, A Journey To Masters Coach. USMS Certified Coach. The head coach and director of the University of California – San Diego’s Masters Sports program.

Coupling Motions of the Start – The Leg Kick

Coupling Motions of the Start – The Leg Kick. A strong back leg kick in your swimming start can help propel you off the blocks more powerfully than ever before. In this video, featuring some of the elite swimmers from Indiana University, you will discover some of our favorite drills to help you learn this important leg-motion technique in the swimming start.

Coley Stickels Dryland – TRX Sequence II

Follow along with Coley Stickels incredible dryland program with this second TRX installment. This is a great tool to gain strength for swimmers (at almost every age) but good technique is critical. Learn how Coley uses this awesome tool with his elite athletes.

Coupling Motions of the Start – The Arm Swing

Indiana Elite athletes coached by Coley Stickels came down to the keys to do some testing and we found a vast improvement in teaching them the coupling motions we learned from Brad Tandy. After reviewing and understanding the ‘3 coupling motions’ they begin with some dryland and they’re soon ready to go off the blocks!

Team Elite Head Coach David Marsh – Episode 13

Gary Hall speaks with the Olympic and Head Coach of Team Elite based out of La Jolla in San Diego, California. Check out this podcast that includes some very interesting discussion from two amazing coaches!

Coley Stickels Dryland – TRX Sequence I

Renowned strength and swim coach Coley Stickels shows us how he likes to use the TRX straps in his dryland exercise program. In this video you will find the first 3 sequences in this routine… check it out and then give it a go in your next workout!

Starts with Indiana University Elite Swimmers

Coach Gary recently worked with Coley Stickels elite swim group from Indiana University in Islamorada, Florida. We begin this series by introducing the Indiana athletes to video of Brad Tandy and what we consider a superior technique.

Flip Turn – The Flip

After watching 100’s of great swimmers underwater, you’d be surprised how many make a crucial mistake during the flip turn. Watching the great Cesar Cielo underwater Coach Gary observed something particularly well that he did and it showed in his explosion off the wall that was way ahead of his time. Today you can see every World and Olympic Champ perfecting this technique but you may find yourself not doing it! Learn the drills that help our swimmers get ready to explode off the wall…

Coley Stickels Dryland – Boxing Sequence V

In this next sequence of Coley Stickels boxing routine the hamstrings have been warmed up and we utilize multiple types of leg kick that require a great deal of concentration from both boxing partners. Learn the sequence that has led to huge results in the pool!

How to Breathe in Swimming

Over the years, we’ve observed hundreds of Olympic swimmers underwater and we’ve noticed they almost all have at least one thing in common, releasing air bubbles under the chest. In this video we measured the effect of those bubbles on reducing frontal drag. You won’t believe the results!

Coley Stickels Dryland – Boxing Sequence IV

n this part IV progression of renowned swim and strength coach Coley Stickels’ boxing progression, he implements a complicated pattern to challenge these elite athletes to learn new movement patterns and execute them quickly and powerfully.

Freestyle High Octane

In this final installment of our freestyle octane series, we demonstrate the how to get the most coupling energy out of the freestyle recovery with the high octane recovery. The length and speed of the straight recovering arm adds significant power to the pulling arm and kick for a fast sprint stroke to be used in the 50 freestyle…

The Finis Tempo Trainer

One of our most valued pieces of equipment in the swim training bag is the Finis Tempo Trainer. No matter what age or level swimmer you are, this tool allows the swimmer and coach to understand what the optimal stroke rate is for any stroke or distance.

Coley Stickels Dryland – Med Ball Sequence II

Follow this next medicine ball sequence from renowned strength and swim coach Coley Stickels. These dynamic exercises require strength, coordination and athleticism….all needed to swim faster.

Freestyle Medium Octane

In this third video in our Freestyle Octane series, we explore the most utilized technique in swimming the 100 meters. Learn how to increase your freestyle speed and power by increasing the height of your recovering hand using valuable swim drills demonstrated by Gold Medalist Jimmy Feigen.

Dryland with Coley Stickels – Med Ball Sequence

Follow this innovative dryland sequence with med ball exercises from University of Alabama Head Swim Coach Coley Stickels. The quick, dynamic movements of these elite post-graduate swimmers strengthen the muscles used for fast swimming!

The Race Club History with Ozzie Quevedo-Episode 12

Ozzie talks about his early days at the Race Club and what it was like to be a part of the most dominant sprint group in the history of swimming. Find out some of the rich history behind this tremendous group of swimmers and coaches that came together to create a dynamic environment leading to incredible Olympic successes.

Backstroke – Bent vs Straight Arm Pull

Learn why we teach the technique of bending the elbow early in the backstroke pulling motion and the concept of ‘pushing’ the water backwards as opposed to using a straighter arm and pulling or scooping the hand backwards…

Freestyle – Low Octane

In this second video of the Freestyle octane series (watch the intro here http://bit.ly/2JhLXox), discover how to use the lowest energy freestyle recovery swimming technique. Used primarily for distance events (over 200 meters), low octane is the most energy conserving recovery technique and is often utilized by beginners, distance and masters swimmers.

Coley Stickels Dryland – Boxing Sequence III

In this part III video series renowned swim and strength coach Coley Stickels, using elite swimmers from Indiana University, implements martial arts moves in the boxing sequence. Learn how to first warm up your hamstrings with a fun and effective dryland session. Check out parts 1 and 2 of this dryland series before implementing these exercises.

Race Club Swim Camps with Devin Murphy Part 2 | Episode 11

Race Club Head Coach Devin Murphy describes the type of start we teach, our Race Club circuit, strength training, and mental training. Gary Sr. and Devin break down the last two days of our Swim Camps in Florida or California. Hear how our Race Club camps differ from any other!

Butterfly – Vertical Recovery

The Race Club campers Ciera and Jenna Fujiwara came from Hawaii to work with coach Gary in San Diego, California. Ciera has tremendous shoulder flexibility and has been learning the ‘high arm recovery’ in butterfly. Learn why this is an advantageous technique and how you can begin to implement this technique into your butterfly swims.

Coley Stickels Dryland – Mat Sequence I

World renowned swim and strength coach Coley Stickels uses an exercise mat to perform a dryland sequence that is both fun and challenging. Follow along and learn some of the strength training sequences that have made a huge impact in the sport of swimming!

Swimming Technology with Devin Murphy | Episode 10

At The Race Club we have invested in some new and exciting swimming technology and online resources such as our Velocity Meter, Pressure Meter, and instructional videos. In this complimentary Podcast, Coach Gary and Coach Devin go into exactly how they test propulsion, drag, and the pulling motion, and what we do with that information. They will also let you know how you can get your own test done so you can swim faster!
Subscribe to Lanes 2, 3, or 4 to learn the fascinating new techniques we discovered with the Velocity Meter testing.

College Coaching and Recruitment with Brian Peresie | Episode 09

Head Women’s Swim Coach at University Of Akron, Brian Peresie, talks with Devin Murphy about the college recruitment process and his advice to high school swimmers. Devin and Brian discuss the similarities between DI and DII schools. They dive into what to expect and how to succeed in college level swimming.

Breaststroke Kicking Technique

One of the most misunderstood techniques in our sport is the breaststroke kick. In this video learn how to kick properly as well as drills that we use in order to perfect this kicking technique. We also look at two velocity meter studies of different techniques and are amazed with the results!

Coley Stickels Dryland – Boxing Sequence II

World renowned strength trainer, Coley Stickels, Head Swimming Coach at University of Alabama, shows us the Jab Jab Cross boxing exercise. Since Gary Hall Jr. began using boxing gloves and mits in the early 2000’s we have found many new and exciting variations. No one has brought boxing creativity in swimming to the level that Coley Stickels has. Check out this amazing sequence. Then grab a partner, get some mits and gloves on and follow along!

Freestyle Swim Technique – Octane Introduction

Did you ever wonder why we see so many different arm recovery techniques in freestyle? Each technique has a purpose and in our latest complimentary video, we explain all of the different arm recovery techniques and the advantages of each one. Using Octane, a gasoline additive, as an analogy, we take you through the four different energy levels of arm recovery from lowest to highest. Some of the fastest freestylers in the world, such as American Record holder Zane Grothe and Olympians Jimmy Feigen, Roland Schoeman, Kelsi Worrell, Isabella Arcila and Brad Tandy demonstrate freestyle using different Octane levels of arm recovery. Discover why these Athletes use certain Octane levels in order to maximize their speed. Be sure to sign up for our subscription video service in Lanes 2, 3 and 4 that will show you the important drills we use to teach these four arm recovery freestyle techniques, technology studies and more!

Freestyle Kick Technique – Velocity Meter

Age group swimmer Marissa demonstrates three common free kicking techniques using our Velocity Meter technology. Find out which technique is fastest and how much is too much knee bend.

Race Club Swim Camps with Devin Murphy Part I | Episode 08

Race Club Head Coach, Devin Murphy describes a typical swimmer who attends our camps and how we make it work with a mix of age groups. Gary Sr. and Devin break down the first two days of our Swim Camps in Florida or California. Hear how our camps differ from any other!

Backstroke – Stroke Rate 100

Most elite backstroke swimmers have about 100 strokes per minute or a cycle time of 1.2 seconds in the 100 Backstroke. Having a fast stroke rate in all 4 strokes is difficult but maintaining good swim technique while having a fast stroke rate is the recipe for success. Find out how we teach our campers to swim like pros with good technique!

Coley Stickels Dryland – Med Ball Sequence I

Indiana University swim coach Coley Stickels has a world renowned dry land training program that we were fortunate to witness with some of his Athletes in the Florida Keys. Since The Race Club began with Gary Hall Jr and Mike Bottom we have believed a high intensity dry land can not only be a huge benefit physically but mentally as well. In order to warm up properly Coley’s athletes begin with simple yet fun and complex exercises. Check out this first part “Warm Up Exercises” of the entire dry land session.

Starts Progression Drills

Learn the progression of drills for swimming starts that will help the swimmer understand some of the key fundamentals that the fastest starters use such as Olympic Swimmer Brad Tandy who gives pointers. Some of the swim techniques such as the hyperstreamline, hip lift and angle of entry can be really difficult to teach but these drills seem to work great! No matter what level of swimmer you are practicing this progression of swim drills will surely help you have a faster start.

Coley Stickels Dryland – Boxing Sequence I

Learn the movements for the warmup exercise for the strength training for swimmers routine that Coach Coley Stickels of Indiana University Men’s and Women’s swim team uses for their specific dryland training needs. This is the first in a series of the progression of different strength training exercises that Coach Coley implements exclusively in Lanes 3 and 4.

Strength Training for Swimmers – Coach Coley Stickels Indiana University

We were honored to host Coach Coley Stickels of the Indiana University Men’s and Women’s swimming program, featuring some of the best athletes in the world at our training facility in Islamorada, Florida Keys; Amanda Kendall, Margo Geer, Zane Grothe, Isabella Arcilla and Nikola Obravac. In 2000, Race Club strength coach Tim Mclellan, swim coach Mike Bottom and Olympic champion Gary Hall Jr. began to implement Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Techniques into their swim training program. Since incorporating boxing, breathing techniques, stretch chord, resistance exercises, and cold water therapy, other great strength coaches, such as Keenan Robinson (Michael Phelps) and Brian McKenzie (Laird Hamilton), have developed similar training techniques to those that Coley Stickels and his I.U. athletes demonstrate in these amazing videos. This week, we release the Boxing Warmup exercises that Coach Coley Stickels uses for his strength training warmup. See the exact movements and learn how to do them yourself in Lane 3 of our subscription service…Sign up for a lot more!
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Strength Training with J.R. Rosania – Life in The Fast Lane | Episode 07

J.R. Rosania was named one of America’s top trainers and helped lead Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman to success. He talks about the need for strength training at all ages, the ideal duration of a workout, and the great benefits of adding this to your training program.

Velocity Meter – Streamline Feet

At the Race Club we see so many swimmers that let their feet hang in four critical points in swimming. Learn where those points are and exactly how much velocity you lose when you let your feet hang.

Freestyle Coupling Motion – Body Rotation

All of the propulsion comes from the hands and feet however there are two critical ‘coupling motions’ in freestyle that increase that propulsion. Learn what those motions are and how we improve on the most important coupling motion in Freestyle.

Paralympic Swimming Coaching – Nathan Manley & Mike Thompson | Episode 06

Find out what is unique about coaching para swimming athletes from Head U.S. and Canada Paralympic Coaches Nathan Manley and Mike Thompson. They discuss the Paralympic swimming classifications of these para swimming athletes and recent scoring system changes to combat cheating. Both Nathan and Mike have experimented with different methods and it has led to great success. Mike tells the inspiring story of Paraswimmer Benoît Huot who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Dolphin Kick: Underwater Dolphin Kick Technique by Olympic Swimmer Marcus Schlesinger

Dolphin kick swimming technique is extremely important for competitive swimming, especially the underwater dolphin kick. Maximize your dolphin kick speed and power during this important component of every swimming race with swim drills and swimming techniques from Olympian Marcus Schlesinger. Here we analyze Olympic Swimmers, Kelsi Dahlia, Amanda Kendall and Luca Spinazolla in contrast to Marcus’ dolphin kick.
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Pressure Meter – Zane Grothe vs Margo Geer Part 2

In this second video comparing two distinctly differently freestyle techniques in Margo Geer and Zane Grothe using our Pressure Meter Technology. We conclude how each of these elite swimmers can improve on their swim technique.

Michigan Swim Coaches Mike Bottom and Dr. Josh White-Episode 5

Mike Bottom, Head Coach at the University of Michigan for the Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. Dr. Josh White, Associate Head Coach at the University of Michigan. Mike and Josh go over the coaches that influenced them and their history with swimming. They discuss with Gary Sr. their take on sprint and distance training as well as their outlook on this year’s team.- Life in the Fast Lane – Episode 05

Swimmer’s Shoulder Prevention-Episode 4_Dr. Pieter Homman

Swimmer’s Shoulder Prevention with Dr. J. Pieter Hommen. Former Cornell swimmer and current Orthopedic Surgeon in Miami, FL, Dr. Hommen discusses the risk of shoulder swimming injuries. He dives into how to prevent shoulder pain in swimming and how your stroke count could be making it worse. | Life in the Fast Lane – Episode 04 – Dr. J. Pieter Hommen

Head Position for a Faster Butterfly

Recently, National Team member and world-class butterfly swimmer, Amanda Kendall came to The Race Club for some Velocity Meter (VM) and Pressure Meter (PM) testing along with her coach Coley Stickels from Indiana Swimming and Diving. The VM measures velocity, acceleration and deceleration synchronized to video.

Swim Strength Training, Strength Exercise and Conditioning for Sprint Swimmers-Episode 3-Coley Stickels

Swim Strength Training, with Coley Stickels. Coley is the Assistant Head Coach at Indiana University. There he has created an impressive weight training for sprint swimmers as well as a strength training exercise program for swimmers. Gary Hall Sr. talks to Coley about the proper age for swimming strength and conditioning training and what that would consist of. They also discuss weight training for sprint swimmers, dynamic stretching, and how to prevent shoulder swimming injuries. | Life in the Fast Lane – Episode 03 – Coley Stickels

Swim Faster with Breathing Techniques | Life in the Fast Lane – Episode 02 – Trever Gray

Swimming faster with breathing techniques, by Trever Grey. Trever received his Bachelors of Science in Science & Nutrition and went on get his Masters in Integrative Human Physiology. Trever recently published his research on the impact of swim breathing techniques before swimming a race.
His study consisted of three control groups to study swim breathing techniques: deep breathing for 30 seconds before a swim race, deep breathing for 2 minutes, and no deep breathing at all. Olympic swimming medalist Gary Hall Sr. and Trever discuss the results and the swimming races in which these swim breathing techniques methods should be used. They dive into the physiological impacts hyperventilation has on your body and even when it can decrease your swimming performance.
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How to Swim Faster | The Pressure Meter – Introduction

The Race Club is now introducing new technology to measure how to swim faster! The Pressure Meter tests the pressure on both hands during the pulling motion in all four strokes, so that you can focus on the specific part of your swim technique that needs to be improved.
A swimmer’s body rotation and body rotational speed plays a big role in swimming faster.
The Race Club continues to test and prove the best swim techniques to increase your swimming speed.
For more information on how to swim faster and get your own Pressure Meter test, visit our swim camp website at https://theraceclub.com/

Breaststroke Coupling Motions – Upper Body

Coupling motions are critical for a fast breaststroke. Learn how you can utilize two of the most important coupling motions in breaststroke with your upper body and what swim drill we use in order to learn this swim technique.

Life in the Fast Lane – Episode 01 – Jon Urbanchek

Gary Hall Sr. sits down with his old friend Olympic Coach Jon Urbanchek. Jon talks about his journey to become the Head Coach at University of Michigan. He answers the tough question of how he stays current with the swimming world. Gary and Jon reminisce on their past positions and swimming careers. Listen to how he connects with all generations of swimmers and becomes loved by all.

Balance Ball Up Kick

In this balance ball exercise learn an easy an effective way to increase strength in all of the key core muscle groups for fast swimming. It will particularly help your up kick on dolphin and freestyle kicks and swims.

Velocity Meter – Aaron Greenberg Start

In this velocity meter study find out the results of World Class swimmer and Yale alumni Aaron Greenberg on his start. First we tested Aaron with virtually no back leg kick when he came to us. After working a couple hours on the Brad Tandy back leg kick, we tested Aaron again and found some fascinating results!

Swim Starts with Brad Tandy – The Leg Kick

In this swimming starts video Brad Tandy shows us one of the most powerful, yet underutilized techniques for your start; the back leg kick.

Box Jab

Boxing is great cross-training and speed training exercise for swimmers, and a Race Club dryland staple at our camps. Check out this week’s video on how to throw a jab and how it benefits your swimming!

Swimming Backstroke Pulling Motion – One Arm Drill

Having a proper pulling motion in backstroke is necessary in order to maintain a fast stroke rate. Learn how we teach a proper pulling motion in backstroke to our campers and watch world class swimmer Luca Spinazzola demonstrate this swim drill.

Swimming Starts Positioning with Brad Tandy

Brad Tandy who has arguably the fastest start in the world teaches the Race Club campers his techniques. In this video we learn the positioning that Brad uses in order to launch himself into the best start in the world!

Brad Tandy Starts Preview

We are excited to bring you our video series starring Brad Tandy who has arguably the best start in the world. We’ve adapted our teaching of the start by implementing the techniques that Brad employs. Learn the details of what makes Brad Tandy start so great only on our subscription service in Lanes 2-4!

The Three Styles of Freestyle

In 2008 The World Team consisted of over 20 swimmers training at the Race Club under world-renowned sprint coach Mike Bottom. They are all focused on one goal, Gold. Shot at their training location in the Florida Keys, this film documents the innovative philosophies and training methods of The Race Club, including ten-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr.

Stretch Chord – Backstroke

Learn how we use the stretch chord for backstrokers during our Dryland Circuit training. This dryland exercise will not only help build crucial muscles but gain coordination in the correct pulling motion for backstroke.

Velocity Meter – Thumb In vs Out Streamline

In this Velocity Meter study accomplished Masters swimmer Joe Miller demonstrates two streamlines with drastically different results. Find out how critical this common mistake is and next time you push off the wall you won’t think twice about how to hold your hands!

Stretch Chord High Elbow Pull

In this dryland exercise Olympic champ Roland Schoeman demonstrates the high elbow stretch chord pull. This is a great way to develop the muscles used the most important pulling motion in swimming.

Breaststroke Streamline

In this video learn the difference between a ‘Racing Streamline’ and a ‘Hyper Streamline’. We use the 2 kick down swim drill with a hyper streamline in order to understand the amount of effort used in a breaststroke racing streamline. Once a swimmer understands the considerable effort to obtain a racing streamline is worth it, they will become a faster breaststroker.

Butterfly Left Right Front Preview

Check out this preview of the latest release in Lane 2… this week we take on the classic Butterfly Left Right Front drill. Learn some of the nuances that can make this drill super effective. Sign up for Lane 2 to see the full video.

Butterfly Technique – Left Right Front Drill

At The Race Club we use this drill to work on many aspects of a good butterfly technique. In this video we emphasize the breath and take a look at swimmers doing the drill both correctly and incorrectly. Learn some of the important nuances that can make this drill very effective.

Velocity Meter – Jimmy Feigen Freestyle Head Position

In this Velocity meter study we tested Olympic champ Jimmy Feigen’s head position in a sprint freestyle. Find out the astonishing results of this study and you might re consider how to hold your head for your next race!

Med Ball Throw

In this dryland exercise video learn a couple ways we use a med ball for our swimming dryland circuit. We love to use a med ball because it requires a neuro-muscular connection while engaging the key muscles used in fast swimming.

Breaststroke Stroke Rate with Mike Alexandrov

In this swimming video, Coach Devin narrates the highlights of Olympic swimmer Mike Alexandrov’s brilliant career while he demonstrates three key stroke rates being used by the fastest Breaststrokers in the world.

Balance Ball Push Up

The balance ball push up is a great way to increase deltoid and core strength while challenging your neuromuscular connection. Watch Olympic Champ Roland Schoeman demonstrate proper form in this exercise.

Athlete Profile – Rebecca Soni

Learn about Rebecca’s brilliant career as a USC Trojan and US Olympic Team member with 22 international medals, and the interesting aspects of her swim technique that made her the most dominant breaststroker in the world!

Backstroke Head Position

The head position in backstroke has a profound effect on a swimmer’s body position. Using Age Group swimmers as examples, and featuring world class swimmer Luca Spinazolla, learn how we can identify and correct a poor head position in backstroke.

Pilates Ring Squeeze

Using a pilates ring is a great way to increase muscle in the shoulder joint that is crucial for fast swimming. Learn one of our favorite pilates exercises that will help you get fast results in the pool!

Turkish Get-Up

Learn former head coach at U of A, Rick Demont’s favorite exercise to train his sprinters, the Turkish Get-Up. This requires core strength, mental focus, and stability. It’s a great exercise even without weight.

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Running Dives

Running Dives are a great way to learn key components to a great start. Mistakes are amplified because of the tremendous amount of speed and power you get from a running start.

Breaststroke Piston Kick

A good breaststroker only takes .4 seconds to draw the legs up and back for the breaststroke kick. Watch the greatest breaststrokers and they all have one thing in common, fast kicks. Learn this swim drill that will help increase your leg speed in breaststroke.

Classroom – Pulling Motion in Freestyle

In this classroom discussion Gary Hall Sr explains the best pulling motions for Freestyle. Olympic champ Jimmy Feigen discusses how he changed his pulling motion in freestyle depending on the event he was swimming.

Boxing Combination

In this dryland boxing exercise we use a combination of the roundhouse and upper cut not only works the core shoulders and legs but requires hand eye coordination from both participants. This exercise is really fun and intense and a great addition to your strength training program!

Creative Kicking Sets Part 2

In the second part of creative kicking sets for swimming learn how to get your legs stronger, kick faster and have fun while doing it. At the Race Club we like to make competition out of kicking sets and find it the best way to get your swimmers to the next level!

Jimmy Feigen – Freestyle

Jimmy Feigen is one of the greatest swimmers to come out of the state of Texas and he developed into one of America’s fastest 50 and 100 freestyle. Learn the difference between Jimmy’s 50 and 100 stroke and how you can improve on your swim technique with one of our favorite swim drills.

Velocity Meter – Streamline with Jimmy Feigen

In this Velocity Meter study of Olympic medalist Jimmy Feigen demonstrates two different techniques for streamline, biceps and hyper streamline. Find out the results of this study and which is the superior way to streamline.

Kelsi Worrell – Butterfly Stroke Rates

In this swimming video of Olympic Champ Kelsi Worrell we break down the 3 typical stroke rates for Butterfly swimming events. Learn what stroke rate the fastest swimmers in the world are using for each respective butterfly event. Gary Hall Sr narrates the highlights of Kelsi’s outstanding career as an Olympian and Collegiate superstar while she demonstrates how she would swim a 200, 100 and 50 Meter butterfly.

Hyper Streamline Teaser

On May 1st we are launching our video subscription service and will release multiple videos every month. We are excited to bring you coaching technique videos using the most cutting edge swimming technology. Here is a sneak preview of our first series on how to streamline in swimming. Learn not just how to swim like the pros but why you should swim like them! Check out theraceclub.com for more info.

Stretch Chordz Swimming

In this video learn how we use stretch chordz for assistance and resistance training. Using this tool in both resistance and assistance will help you swim faster. Let us know creative ways you like to use stretch chordz!

Boxing Roundhouse

A Race Club favorite, this dryland boxing roundhouse was originated when world renowned strength coach Tim Mclellan teamed up with Mike Bottom and Gary Hall Jr. Watch Olympic champ Roland Schoeman perform this critical exercise.

Breaststroke – Kick Down Drill

Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Soni demonstrates kick down swimming drills that allows the swimmer to work on multiple swim techniques.

Backstroke – 6 Kick 3 Stroke

The Backstroke 6 Kick 3 Stroke swim drill utilizes our favorite swim techniques to increase your power with every stroke by learning to rotate the body quickly.

Breaststroke – Kick

Breaststroke kick is one of the most challenging techniques of swimming. A powerful breaststroke kick relies on having great flexibility in the hips and dorsiflexion of the ankles.

Backstroke – Spin Drill

The backstroke spin drill is one of the most effective ways of teaching swimmers to accelerate the straight arms quickly through the recovery phase of the stroke cycle.

Freestyle – 6 Kick Switch

The 6 Kick 1 Stroke drill is one of the most transformative freestyle swim drills we teach at the Race Club Swim Camps.

Backstroke – Dolphin Kick

Many swimmers struggle in getting their arms through the stroke cycle fast enough in backstroke. Dolphin kick backstroke is one of the best ways to learn how to develop a fast stroke rate.

Butterfly – Roland Schoeman

Olympic Champ and former butterfly world record holder Roland Schoeman makes it look easier with his graceful, yet powerful strokes across the pool.

Backstroke – Kick

Often backstrokers will kick with too much knee bend, causing an increase in the frontal drag and slowing them down. Learn how to kick in backstroke with a tighter motion using a straighter leg.

Breaststroke – Speed Kick

The kicking speed of many breaststrokers is often too slow and cannot be improved without specifically working on bringing the legs forward and pushing the insteps backward as quickly as possible.

Freestyle – Body Rotation

Body Rotation is one of the key ingredients to a fast freestyle swim technique. Check out one of the most important drills we have found in teaching swimmers how to rotate their body for freestyle.

Dolphin Kick – The Fifth Stroke Part 3

In this swimming video we examine how to kick dolphin kick on your back and why it helps develop a faster turn and swim.

Backstroke – 6 Kick Switch

Backstroke 6 Kick Switch swim drill will help you appreciate the importance of this extreme rotation from one side to the other.

Freestyle – Dolphin Kick

Practicing the dolphin kick freestyle drill may boost your speed especially towards the end of the race when lactic acid and fatigue kick in.

Swimming Starts – Slingshot

The head and body position, the degree of pull back and the tension on the upper arms are critical to getting the best possible start.

Backstroke – Body Rotation Drill

A quick rotation of the body from side to side during the underwater pull is one of the key techniques that a swimmer can use to develop a faster backstroke.

Butterfly – Left Right Front Drill

The Left Right Front drill helps the swimmer keep the body more horizontal during the breath stroke to the front

Breaststroke – Wall Kick

Lightning fast leg speed is the hallmark of great breaststrokers. It’s no surprise that Rebecca Soni holds the Race Club record for number of kicks in 45 second breaststroke wall kick test. Watch to find out how many she did on her visit to The Race Club…

Yoga for Swimmers – Core

In this core exercise video we have incorporated traditional Vinyasa Yoga with some of our favorite core exercises that seamlessly blend into this intense and rewarding Yoga for Swimmers sequence.

Freestyle – How to Pull Underwater

Learn the advantage of a deep pull equating to more power vs the advantage of the high elbow pull creating less drag but also less power during the underwater pull.

Dolphin Kick – The Fifth Stroke Part 2

It is imperative to develop a strong and effective dolphin kick in order to swim fast no matter what swim race you are in.

Rebecca Soni on Yoga

Rebecca Soni is a 6 time Olympic Medalist (3 Gold), World Record Holder and first woman under 2:20 in 200 meter Breaststroke and Yogini.

Butterfly – Freestyle Kick

The freestyle kick butterfly drill helps a swimmer recognize how important the second dolphin kick during the recovery in butterfly really is. This is a great drill to work on coupling with the arm recovery and head snapping down. It is also a great drill to work on increasing tempo or stroke rate in butterfly.

Breaststroke – Free Kick

Freestyle Kick Breaststroke teaches swimmers how to derive more power from the kick by using the head and upper body; what are called coupling motions.

Swimming Starts – Backstroke

Setting yourself up for a perfect start is not easy, but with practice can become the fastest swim technique for backstroke starts.

Butterfly – Skate Drill

With this important swim drill, swimmers can learn to keep their shoulders lower and elevate more with their necks to get the breath.

Backstroke – One Arm Drill

This swim drill enables the swimmer to isolate the movement and position of the arm during the entry and underwater pull.

Swimming Streamline

The best way to obtain streamline swimming is with the elbows squeezing together behind the head and your shoulders should feel as if they are being pulled out of their sockets.

Swimming Starts – Feet Position

Learn the proper distance one should maintain between feet both side to side and back to front on the modern starting block.

Yoga for Swimmers – Legs

In this intense 20 minute Vinyasa flow yoga practice, we focus on stretching these regions of the legs that tend to be tight in swimmers. These yoga exercises are designed to improve your kick, starts and turns.

Breaststroke – Dolphin Kick Breast

Dolphin Kick Breaststroke, also known as Cobra Breaststroke, can help swimmers of all abilities become faster by allowing them to focus on timing the strike phase with the kick. This is a great drill for swimmers to recognize the important timing of coupling motions with the upper body coming down and with the kick. It is much easier to accomplish with the dolphin kick using this drill.

Yoga for Swimmers – Shoulders

In this intense 20 minute Vinyasa flow yoga practice, you will find yourself mimicking body rotation in freestyle and backstroke by stacking the shoulders

Kick Down Breaststroke

In this swim video Olympic Gold Medalist Rebecca Soni demonstrates fast swimming drills that will improve your swim training program. Coach Gary Hall teaches how to swim breaststroke drills that improve your swimming techniques. Two or three kicks per pull is a drill that can help improve many facets of your breaststroke technique.

Freestyle – Head Position

Many freestylers swim with their heads too high. In a crowded swimming pool, swimmers often look forward, hoping to avoid a collision with one of their teammates. These defensive swimming techniques create a bad habit that slows them down. In this swim video, world record holder and Olympic champ Roland Schoeman and Lexie Kelly show how head elevation slows their swimming techniques while Japanese champion, Junya Koga, swims freestyle the way we teach at The Race Club almost effortlessly with his head in the correct swimming technique.

Backstroke – Head Position

One of the most common problems in swimming is holding the head too high. In Backstroke, this swimming technique is common because it increases the pulling power and the awareness of where a swimmer’s body position is in the lane, particularly outdoors in the bright sun however elevating the head in swimming backstroke increases frontal drag, slowing the swimmer down.
Learn how to swim Backstroke the way we teach at the Race Club swim camps with proper swimming techniques demonstrated by World Champion Japanese Swimmer Junya Koga. These swim drills will certainly enhance your swim training program.

Dolphin Kick – The Fifth Stroke Part 1

Olympic Gold Medalist Roland Schoeman has developed one of the fastest dolphin kicks in the world. The dolphin kick has become so important in the sport of swimming, now being used in all four strokes, that it is commonly referred to as the ‘fifth stroke’. In this video series on #thefifthstroke, Gary Hall Sr has Roland demonstrate several ways to improve the dolphin kick. In part I of this Race Club Swimisode series, find out what Coach Gary Hall has up his sleeve to get Roland to work both the up and down kick in Butterfly.

Freestyle Kicking Sets

In this swim video, World Class freestyler, Zach Hayden, demonstrates how to kick with the correct body position, using snorkel and alignment board, and a tough exercise we use to develop a faster freestyle kick, working the legs in both directions.

The Fundamentals of Fast Swimming Talk

Gary Hall Sr speaks with The Race Club campers at the swim camp. He talks about fast swimming technique and the laws that reign over us. Learn cutting edge information for your own swim technique.

Dryland Strength Training

Check out the first of two webisodes as Erik and Josh demonstrate their dry land training with Coach Gary Hall Sr at theraceclub.com.

Gary Hall Jr on Pre Race Ritual Routine

Gary Hall Jr talks about how you can use simple techniques during your own swim training program that can teach you how to trigger ‘the zone’ and Race at your very best.

Picking the Right Swimming Technique for Freestyle

Many Swimmers use different styles of Freestyle to accomplish the same goal – to swim fast which is what The Race Club is all about!

Lars Frolander Butterfly Swim

Lars Frolander is a 5 time Olympian and looking strong to make his 6th Olympic team. We caught this footage when he was in the Keys with his club team from Sweden, Lass Linkoping under Head Coach Micke Holmertz.