It’s a commonly asked question, should I swim with my fingers together and hand cupped or fingers spread and hand flat? The bigger the surface area of the hand, the larger amount of water it will move, although we can’t grow bigger hands as adults, you can increase the swimming size of hands you’ve got, with these few tips: Thumb Out: An abducted thumb (one that is not tucked in beside the fingers) allows you to enjoy additional palm area. Fingers slightly spread: Provides more surface area, the large amounts of water trying to squeeze through the small gaps create […]
Swimming Hole Coaches Attend Clinic Presented by Olympians The Swimming Hole is passionate about swimming, and that includes the latest developments in stroke technique and coaching. We pride ourselves on being passionate, professional, educated and committed to bringing our swimmers the latest and greatest in technique & instruction. This month we went right to the source, attending the Eastern States Swim clinic in New Jersey. This is the most personalized coaches’ clinic in the United States, with an amazing line up of speakers, including Olympians Dana Vollmer and Josh Davis. Jeremy Bradley, Head Coach of Stowe Swimmers age group swim […]
“When life takes me away from the gym, I find that I don’t look and feel my best, even if I’m doing other activities” – Paula Ratchford Last week, I had the pleasure of talking with Swimming Hole Member Paula Ratchford about what The Swimming Hole means to her, the difference regular exercise makes in her life, and what keeps her coming back. Paula has a terrific commitment to preventative health & fitness and I was interested in finding out what keeps her going so strong: How long have you been a member of The Swimming Hole? I joined The […]
What separates efficient & inefficient freestyle swimmers? Rhythm. Freestyle has many parts — often we break it down to improve on certain areas, such as entry, pull and recovery. It is important to remember that freestyle is a continuous rhythmical stroke, efficient swimmers swim with rhythm. If you’d like a more efficient freestyle, use your body roll to establish a regular rhythm, swim with a continuous rhythmic body roll, think metronome, keep your roll the same amount to each side and strive on not letting your breathing disrupt your rhythm.