This week I want to show you one of the things that makes for a fast tumble turn.

If you’re a triathlete or a Master’s swimmer who is having trouble tumble turning, this might be why.

Good Tumble Turns Have…

If you look at a good tumble turn here, as the swimmer goes in, they take the last stroke, they pull through their hips then they initiate the tumble turn with the butterfly kick and they keep their hands in the same position as their body flips over.

 

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How to tumble turnThe Most Common Error I See When Turning

The difference between a swimmer who is struggling with their tumble turns and one that isn’t…is the slow turner won’t keep their hands where they are as their body flips over.

They’ll loop their hands around and try to catch the water and do a little spin with their hands. They try and use that to get themselves over. But it’s all about keeping your hands in the same position which is by your side as your body flips over. Then you can go straight into streamline position.

What To Do

If you’re having trouble getting your tumble turns right, try and leave your hands where they are as your body flips over. Use a butterfly kick to initiate that flip and then your hands can go straight into streamline position.  That will make you much faster in your tumble turns and you won’t need to touch turn when you’re swimming freestyle.

When you’re pushing your body to it’s extremes in the pool, maintaining good technique when fatigue sets in separates the field. To be more efficient in your freestyle so you feel fresh and strong after swimming, the Mastering Freestyle program makes your swimming easier (and faster).

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