Speed vs. Technique?

by Coach Dave Tonnesen

"Ooooohhhh! Look at that swimmer...they make it look so easy, and they are so fast!

Don't you love to watch the Olympics! It is just awesome to watch Ryan Lochte make fast swimming look almost magically effortless.

How does he do it?

Well, the good news is that fast swimming is not magical, and when done right, fast swimming can look so beautiful that it appears almost effortless.

Let's start off with a couple questions. 

How do you progress your strokes and drop time? 

What should I focus on first, speed or technique?

The Basic Progression is:
Step 1 - Master Excellent Technique 
Step 2 - Maintain Excellent Technique while Building Endurance 
Step 3 - Speed with Excellent Technique

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Finding a Great Swim Team

by Coach Dave Tonnesen

"So now that I know that technique instruction is much more important than swimming laps, how do I know what year-round team is best for my swimmer?" The answer is: it depends! It depends on what you and your swimmer are looking for in a team. To find the best team for your family, you must consider your swimmer's goals, your family's lifestyle and time commitment, your swimmer's time commitment and other activities, team philosophy, the coaching system that your swimmer will be in, convenience, cost, travel, etc. Click here for the complete article....