Mega Drills for Swimming Series

Mega Drills for Swimming Series
Mega Drills for Swimming Series
Item# MD-04390
$174.99
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Product Description

  • More than 20 drills and variation that enhance all critical areas of the freestyle
  • Over 18 drills and variations that reflect the most current techniques being used by world class backstrokers
  • Over 25 drills and variations that work on hand speed, proper body position and the timing of the stroke
  • Learn more than 20 unique, fun, and creative drills for teaching an efficient butterfly stroke
  • Over 50 dynamic dryland exercises to increase your team's overall strength and explosiveness
with Coley Stickels,
Indiana University Associate Head Sprint Coach - Men's and Women's Swimming,
former head coach for Canyons Aquatic Club (Santa Clarita, CA) where he helped lead the team to five American records, one world record, six National Age Group records and four national high school records.
Stickels coached World record holder Abbey Weitzeil (Gold & Silver medals - 2016 Rio Olympics)
14x NCAA All American with University of Arizona

Today's athletes will thrive on the challenges that Coley Stickels' Mega Drills for Freestyle provides. These drills will not only teach your swimmers the most up to date freestyle techniques, but they will also engage your swimmers by making them think and feel at the same time.

Providing a "solve the puzzle" challenge, these drills will develop a consistent feel for the critical aspects of the stroke, including:

  • High elbow catch with an early vertical forearm, forward elbow and a hollowed arm pit
  • Thumb in towards belly button in the pull phase of the stroke
  • Rhythm of the stroke and timing of the breath
  • Long, high neck extending the spine to create a flat back
  • Flutter kick

Throughout the instruction, Stickels' shows you how to train the most advantageous catch position. He incorporates small sculling to train the initial catch phase and progressive longer sculling movements that eventually transition into the full arm pull.

Stickels emphasizes a "thumb towards belly" movement pattern under the body in his pull phase of the stroke. Many of his drills include snorkel work, as well as underwater recovery that allows the swimmer to watch and see for themselves where the hand travels on the pull portion of the stroke.

You will see several drills that train timing for both the stroke itself along with teaching the timing of the breath. For stroke timing, Stickels' drills isolate the hand and hip connection that leads to proper body hand/body timing for the stroke. For breathing timing, you will learn how to teach your swimmers to minimally turn the head for a breath and quickly get the head back to midline with eyes to the bottom of the pool. These drills are excellent to assist swimmers that have a late breathing habit or swimmers that stop their kick during the breath.

In his Turn Approach Drill, Stickels teaches how to coordinate the last arm pull into the wall with the flip turn. The result of this drill is a fast, tight turn with the feet quickly getting to the wall without excessive leg movement.

Breakout drills are also included to help you teach your swimmers both the timing of the breakout stroke and proper alignment to minimize drag in the kick-to-stroke transition.

Stickels' drill innovations allow the swimmer to feel the most important stroke components and to train skill essentials such as the turn and breakout. Stickels reinforces that drill work is a perfect way to reinforce stroke positives and also isolate and solve problem areas of the stroke to create more engaged, purpose-oriented swimmers.

42 minutes (plus 17 minutes of Individual Medley technique). 2013.


with Coley Stickels,
Indiana University Associate Head Sprint Coach - Men's and Women's Swimming,
former head coach for Canyons Aquatic Club (Santa Clarita, CA) where he helped lead the team to five American records, one world record, six National Age Group records and four national high school records.
Stickels coached World record holder Abbey Weitzeil (Gold & Silver medals - 2016 Rio Olympics)
14x NCAA All American with University of Arizona

Discover backstroke drills that run the gambit from simple, single focused drills to complex and multi-faceted drills. These drills reflect the most current techniques being used by world class backstrokers. Each drill is explained in detail, demonstrated, and narrated with helpful

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