We all know how important a swimming start is in a race, it can be the element between winning and losing and is essential for having a good race.
In order to master everything in swimming you got to have a great start!
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1. Starting Position
Once you are on the blocks you got to take the best position, in order to get the best propulsion from it.
One foot should be on the front while the other one on the back like this:
The back foot should be align with your hips
*If your block has a wedge make sure you don’t have it too far back. Somewhere align with your hips it is recommended
Finger & Toes
The front foot and hands should be on the edge, your toes and fingers grabbing the block.
Your hips should be the highest point of the body.
This will help you get all the power to the front when you push from the blocks.
2. The Push
After the “take your marks” command, tense all your muscles and stay very alert.
When you hear the beep its time to push and move forward.
The main thing is to stretch your whole body.
When you hear the Beep, at the same time your hands will pull backwards and your feet will push straight.
After your strong push from the blocks its time to create a streamline.
Bring your arms in front of your head, do a streamline and get your to legs together.
Your front push will generate must of the speed so remember to push strong.
Push straight like you want to get to the other side of the pool, do not push up or down.
3. The Entry
It is very important to tight your whole body into a straight streamline.
After you jump horizontally let gravity pull you down to the water just make sure your arms are straight and tight.
*Entering your legs in the same spot where your arms passed is hard to do but is the best way to create less drag and enter with more speed.
When your body enters the water change the direction of your body to horizontal again.
By Mauricio & Raul Uranga last update Sep. 13, 2017
This is it!
Hope you learn a lot about swimming starts.
Remember to keep on practicing and never stop learning.
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