“We can make these swimmers more efficient,” Brian Nabeta says.
In the lecture portion of their training, Nabeta coaches technique through the pull (or anchor) phase of swimming.
“Your leverage and your efficiency decreases when you start applying that straight arm stroke to your pull phase,” he says. The key to fixing this problem is bending at the wrist and relaxing.
“The more relaxed you are, the easier it is to swim,” Nabeta says.
It’s also about the length of the stroke and your body position at the end of the pull. You want to get as much as possible out of each stroke. Watch as the coaches break down the beginning of the movement and rebuild it using better technique.
Additional video: Bringing CrossFit to Collegiate Swimming by Chris Michelmore and Sage Hopkins, published Aug. 27, 2010.