Tech Tuesday: Freestyle Swim Stroke

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As someone who likes to swim long distances, I spend a lot of time working on my freestyle stroke efficiency. Shaving the number of strokes I take per length is a slow burn effort, but I’m gradually seeing an improvement. One or two strokes over a single length might not seem important, but over a long distance outdoors taking fewer strokes means my arms can keep going for much longer.

I once had a lesson with an ex-pro who could cover a 25m length in just eight strokes! An average swimmer will probably come in at about 20 to 25 strokes per length. My personal best is 15, but that takes vast concentration on my part – generally, anything under 20 is good enough for me at the moment.

If you want to improve your freestyle stroke efficiency, check out this vid from US Olympic gold medallist Nathan Adrian, which breaks it down really nicely…

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