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Steve Bultman's All-Encompassing Approach to Breaststroke Training

with Steve Bultman,
Texas A&M University Head Women's Coach;
2x U.S. Olympic Team Coach;
ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee (2015);
4x Big 12 Champions ('07, '08, '10, '12) and Back-to-back SEC Champions ('16 -'17)

Steve Bultman is one of the most well-respected swim coaches in the nation, and in this video, he gives you a multitude of drills for every aspect of the breaststroke. With the assistance of three top-level breaststrokers, each aspect of the stroke is broken down to show the most efficient manner it should be performed. Using a variety of drills and equipment, each segment of the stroke is analyzed so that you can develop a complete understanding of what it takes to build a championship-caliber breaststroker.

Bultman's focus throughout the video is on the most important aspects of the stroke - the kick and the pull. There are also well-detailed sections on the start, the breaststroke turn, the underwater pullout, and finishes. You'll not only get drills, but also progressions from a drill to a full stroke swim in short sets to emphasize necessary skills.

Kick Drills for Propulsion and Minimal Drag

Coach Bultman demonstrates a generous number of drills and variations to address every aspect of the kick. He spells out clearly how each drill is done, what its purpose is, and what you should be watching for as your swimmers perform the drill. You'll get drills that increase foot speed and build feel for maximum distance per kick. Additionally, Bultman addresses kick imbalances with drills that isolate each leg for balanced, maximum power while minimizing drag.

Develop Fast and Powerful Breaststroke Pulls

The pull is a vital aspect of a dominant breaststroke. Coach Bultman shows you how to use sculling drills to isolate and improve each aspect of the pull. He also details how to eliminate any pause on the in-sweep and instead get powerful acceleration through the recovery. Additionally, you'll see how to teach swimmers to have their hands and forearms get around their elbows so the elbows stay high and hold water for the best distance per stroke.

Bultman details how to help your swimmers understand that their hands and forearms are the "movers" for the breaststroke. By using drills that minimize elbow movement and put steady pressure on the forearms, swimmers can grab the water early, hold the water through the pull, and accelerate their hands back to the front fast.

Great Walls - Turns, Pullouts, Starts and Finishes

Coach Bultman takes his swimmers through the open turn, pullout, and the start while pointing out common flaws and how to avoid them. Sit in as he demonstrates how he uses weekly underwater footage to analyze his swimmers. You'll see:

  • Drills and cues to keep turns small and quick.
  • A breakdown of the pullout that balances power and body line to take top speed into the breakout.
  • How to use underwater video analysis to help swimmers recognize their strengths and target their weaknesses.
  • Drills that improve power off the block and adjust the entry for optimum speed into the pullout.
  • How to adjust tempo and distance to hit walls at top speed and full extension for great turns and finishes.

Seasonal, Weekly, and Daily Planning

In the second disc of this two-disc set, Coach Bultman describes what goes into his seasonal, weekly, and daily planning. He covers scheduling challenges and how plans must be adapted to fit different swimmers. Next, he takes the swimmers through a typical workout. You will learn how he uses different drills and equipment to get power and precision from his breaststrokers. The expanded format also lets you see the way he mixes breaststroke and other strokes in sets that help develop the swimmer's versatility.

Coach Bultman delivers everything you need to know to produce championship-caliber breaststrokers. You will learn all the drills your swimmers will need to hone every aspect of their breaststroke. You'll also

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Kevin Zacher 4-Pack

with Kevin Zacher,
Scottsdale Aquatic Club Head Coach;
American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 certified coach;
2007 ASCA Arizona Age Group Coach of the Year

Underwater dolphin kicking is a critical skill every top swimmer needs to master. However, many coaches struggle with how to successfully incorporate the underwater kick into warm-up, drill and training sets.

In this video, Coach Kevin Zacher shares his strategy for helping each swimmer find the right size and tempo of kick for their current abilities. He introduces drills and training sets that build speed, endurance, and power for swimmers of every age group, including warm-up routines his world-class swimmers use on race day to be sure their underwater swimming provides them with the best possible competitive edge.

Warm-up Routine for Underwater Kicking

Coach Zacher addresses the importance of including underwater kicking in warm-ups. This helps activate the core and prepare breathing stamina safely. He addresses the difficulty some swimmers have with breath control, encouraging swimmers to learn how proper breath control feels.

Establishing an underwater warm-up routine during daily practice also gives his swimmers an edge on race day. Swimmers who are aware of small daily variations in their underwater kick are better prepared to sense how their kick feels in race warm-ups and make adjustments to emerge at the right mark with optimum explosive speed.

Underwater Kicking Drills

Zacher shares drills designed to help athletes find their ideal mix of amplitude and tempo of kick for their body type and fitness level. He uses resistance drills to help swimmers feel the water and eliminate dead spots for consistent rhythmic power throughout each kick cycle. Other drills help swimmers hold their ideal body line by challenging their core so that they can engage their entire body in the underwater stroke. Kicking drills work the stroke in both directions, so that the up kick is as powerful and propulsive as the down kick.

Equipment Work

Underwater kicking benefits from the use of equipment that either assists or resists the swimmer's efforts. Adding resistance helps the swimmer feel weak spots in their kick to build consistently rhythmic and powerful strokes. Coach Zacher shows you how to add:

  • Nets or kicking socks to build water feel in the feet, to encourage proper angles for maximum propulsion.
  • Drag with parachutes to help your swimmers feel that more power is generated from manipulating the movement than from simply kicking harder, creating more effortless speed.
  • Assistance, such as with fins, allows swimmers to swim at race speed longer, building familiarity with pace without fatigue that could break down technique.

Training Sets

By creating physically and mentally challenging underwater kick training sets, Zacher establishes the importance of underwater kicking and helps swimmers understand the intensity he looks for in training and in races. Kick speed sets break down world class kick speed into small segments that athletes can master and then build on by increasing duration or reducing rest between sets. Drill/Training combination sets like Cobra Drills help swimmers carry underwater speed through their breakout and into their strokes. Turn sets teach swimmers to treat the approach/turn/pause/underwater and breakout into a cohesive attack on the turns for maximum speed.

Bonus: Question & Answer Session

Coach Zacher engages world-class underwater kicker Ryan Hoffer in a discussion of some of the frequently asked questions he has received when training the fifth stroke. This segment makes it clear that the best underwater swimmers pay attention to detail in training every day so that they can come to recognize natural variations in their stroke. The swimmer describes how training loads may cause "heavy legs" that feel sluggish, and how using fins may help him tra

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Todd DeSorbo's All-Encompassing Approach to Sprint Freestyle Training

with Todd DeSorbo,
University of Virginia Head Coach; 2018 ACC Women's Championship;
former Associate Head Coach at NC State; helped the Wolfpack men capture three consecutive ACC titles and the women win the 2017 ACC title;
coached Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held (2016 Rio 4x100 free relay)

In this 7-part, three-video set, Todd DeSorbo details his overall sprint training philosophies as he shares his training phases, including examples of yearly, weekly and daily practice plans.

In the pool, DeSorbo shares how to blend speed, power, and technique training that melds with his philosophy of focusing on intensity and recovery, rather than relying on yardage, to build endurance. This video gives a fresh and contemporary perspective on how to train fast to swim fast for sprinters!

Part 1: Philosophies, Planning and Strategies for Training Sprinters

Training for sprinting is about developing the "top end speed" that is required for fast times. Coach DeSorbo believes that sprint training is similar to weight lifting in that both are progressions where you can keep getting stronger and faster.

DeSorbo uses a strength- and power-based approach to his training methodology that is designed to help athletes continually get faster throughout the season and from one season to the next. DeSorbo believes in continually challenging his swimmers in terms of stroke efficiency and speed and power development, and, ��in keeping sprinters `on their toes' and engaged in the training through workout structure and the use of a variety of equipment and training methodologies.

Training Planning and Strategies:
DeSorbo uses a progression throughout the season consisting of four main phases:1. Aerobic - The first 4-6 weeks of the season that mainly involve team-based training to help athletes of varying fitness levels get into shape.2. Power Endurance - Once swimmers are in shape, this phase includes shortened sets that require more explosiveness while extending rest time.3. Power Development - When swimmers focus on increasing strength and raw power; DeSorbo compares this phase to that of a 1-rep max in the weight room.4. Competition/Championship - Shifts the emphasis from training to racing - fast!

DeSorbo offers detailed explanations of each of the seasonal progression phases including weekly and daily training structure examples for each of the phases. He also shares great insights on sprint event race strategies.

Part 2: Speed & Power Infused Technique/Training

While putting four of his sprint athletes through a drill series/workout that vividly demonstrates integrating speed, power, and sprint technique, DeSorbo offers ongoing narration as to the 'how and why' of each of the drill combinations; every drill has a specific purpose that reflects DeSorbo's purposeful training methodology.

Part 3: Starts

DeSorbo details the components he feels are essential for a great sprint start. His preferred start method includes an emphasis on the importance of the timing of the arm swing along with the importance of the lifting of the trail leg. He shares a brief start drill progression that emphasizes incorporating the arms into the dive.

Part 4: Turns

DeSorbo's mantra for walls throughout this entire video is that of hard push-offs. Coupling with the hard push-offs in this turn segment is developing a tight spin, keeping the feet low to get them onto the wall for a very hard push off that transitions into dolphin kick breakouts. DeSorbo shares some invaluable nuggets for ensuring a very fast sprint turn.

Part 5: Finishes

In this shorter segment, DeSorbo shares the technical make up of a championship finish with tips on how to touch the wall.

Part 6: Power Wall Training

To train the underwater through breakout aspects of sprint wall technique, DeSorbo takes his sprinters through a 2-station power wall training session.�� One station is power rack work that

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19 Week Sprint Training Program

The daily yardage amount on the 19-week plan can be tailored to your needs based on the time you want to train. This program can be adapted to swimming 2-3 or up to 6 times a week, with any yardage amount you desire to swim. The important thing is to follow the regime and do all that is planned.

The 3 phases of this program are as follows:

  • The beginning of this program assumes that you are starting your season and eases you into practices while developing your aerobic base.
  • The mid-season weeks are the core that includes the main work-load of aerobic swimming while introducing speed.
  • The last six weeks will develop and fine-tune your speed and power while maintaining your aerobic base.

This 19-week program includes:

  • 200 Pages - easy to use and easy to follow.
  • 109+ Swim Workouts that follow a comprehensive plan.
  • Learn to use Test Sets in every weekly cycle.
  • A complete 6 Week Taper
  • A full introduction to guide you through the season.
  • The full program will enable you to swim multiple championship meets several weeks in a row while continuing to improve your times. If you only have one championship meet we can adjust work-outs to hit your peak. The weight lifting and dryland programs follow suit to the seasonal plan and are essential to speed and power.

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    Best of Club Swimming: Technical Progressions for Successful Butterfly

    with Kevin Zacher,
    Scottsdale Aquatic Club Head Coach;
    American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 certified coach;
    ASCA Arizona Coach of the Year (2007, 2014, 2016)

    Kevin Zacher guides you through the technical building blocks for success in the butterfly stroke. With in-water demonstrations performed by two Senior Level swimmers, you'll see efficient, well-designed progressions that reflect a fast and powerful butterfly.

    For many, the butterfly is thought of as a power stroke that requires a lot of muscle to be able to swim well. But in reality, it's a rhythm stroke that requires a good body line with slight undulation that connects the catch of the arms to allow the energy to flow out the feet. It's swimming's most beautiful stroke!

    Butterfly Stroke Progression

    Using a multitude of drills, Coach Zacher puts the emphasis on staying low and driving forward. He encourages swimmers to eliminate any action that doesn't contribute to creating energy for forward movement. Zacher continually emphasizes the importance of focusing on driving the body forward, not up or down.

    You will see the demonstrators go through progressions of each piece of the stroke using creative ways to emphasize good technique, such as:

    • 1 Pull 4 Kicks: For feeling the rhythm of the kick and lengthening the stroke into an efficient body line.
    • Butterfly Pull w/ Flutter Kick: Focuses on a flatter stroke and sending energy forward.
    • The use of stretch cords on deck to get the feel of the catch, then transition to the water to transfer the feeling to the water.
    • Underwater body undulations at different speeds and amplitudes to help the swimmer discover which is most efficient for their personal stroke.
    • Transitioning from underwater kicks to a fast and powerful breakout.

    Starts and Turns

    For the butterfly start, the objective is to get into the water with as much speed as possible, carry that speed into the underwater kicks, and transfer to the breakout. Coach Zacher explains the set-up position and the take off from the block.

    For the turn segment, Zacher emphasizes the importance of getting to the wall after completing a full stroke so the body is in full extension and at maximum speed in order to perform the quickest turn. He includes a complete progression that will benefit all swimmers.

    Coach Zacher uses his skills as a masterful communicator in explaining each drill/skill and their purpose. During this video, you'll hear him speak to the swimmers in order to get their feedback, providing a comprehensive perspective of what the swimmer experiences as well.

    48 minutes. 2018.

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