Swim Relaxed (And Faster) IN 3 easy steps:

In this video, we’re going to learn how to swim better by staying relaxed. We’ll go through 3 EASY STEPS to take your swimming to the next level. This not only helps you swim faster but also makes swimming feel easier.


Step 1: Relaxed Recovery

  • The recovery phase of the stroke is important for staying relaxed.
  • Tension in the hand and forearm during the recovery is a wasted effort.
  • The hand and forearm should be relaxed, with the elbow leading the way
  • Keeping the hand slightly wider during the recovery can help with relaxation.
  • The fingertip drag drill with a wider hand position can help develop a relaxed recovery
  • Wearing fins and a snorkel can aid in focusing on a relaxed recovery


Step 2: Correct Entry

  • The fingertips should enter first, creating a triangle shape with the elbow slightly up
  • It is important to avoid reaching out too far and landing with the elbow first
  • Straightening the arm after entering will create a slapping sound with the elbow
  • A recommended drill for practicing the correct entry is using a kickboard
  • The hand should enter somewhere between the knuckles and the elbow


Step 3: Reach Phase 

  • It is important to actively reach forward and extend before starting the catch
  • Reaching forward creates a streamlined position and reduces the drag
  • The hand should be at the right depth, usually fingertips at about shoulder depth or arms completely straight under the water
  • Being relaxed during the reach phase helps save energy and set up the catch better
  • Feeling loose and generating a feel for the water is important during the reach phase


It’s time to break free from this frustrating plateau and start making real progress in your swimming journey!

Trying to swim faster by pushing yourself to work harder usually leaves you exhausted and out of breath without improving your speed. With our 8-week Faster Freestyle course, we’ll show you exactly what you need to do to become a better swimmer by mastering these advanced techniques:

✔️Breathing And Relaxation
✔️Posture, Head Position, And Kick
✔️Balance, Alignment, And Hand  Position
✔️Rotation, Recovery, And Entry
✔️The Catch
✔️The Power Diamond
✔️Kick Timing

Start your journey with the 8-Week Faster Freestyle and feel the difference in your swimming immediately!

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you improve your swimming:

1. Join our 8-week Faster Freestyle program.
If you’re looking for a step-by-step way to become a faster swimmer in the next 8 weeks with the precise drills and workouts to do it, this is it – Click here

2. Join our Effortless Swimming membership for swimmers ready to move up a lane.
If you’re unsure where to start and what to do to find speed, I’m working with a group of swimmers and triathletes to increase their speed, efficiency, and swim fitness. – Click here

3. Work with me directly in our stroke analysis coaching.
If you’d like to work directly with me to take you from where you’re at to 15+ secs faster per 100m, you can record your swimming each week… – Click here


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Brenton and Mitch were great to work with at the clinic, Good to get video analysis to work on straight away, practice some new drills and go home knowing what you need to work on.

Alex McFadyen