Nya kurser startar tisdag 4/11

Under sex tisdagar under november och december kör jag två nya kurser i Höör i samarbete med Frosta Multisport.

Nya simmare välkomna till höstens roligaste kvällar!

Den ena gruppen, kl 20:00 – 21:00 är framför allt avsedd för ambulanspersonal som föranmält intresse.

Gruppen som startar kl 19:00 öppen för alla!

Kursbeskrivningen ligger ute nu MEN bokningstjänsten kommer inte att fungera förrän imorgon efter jag fått kontakt med ”Bokadirekt”.

All bokning sker online och är alltså öppen imorgon eftermiddag.

Vänligen Kerstin

Four rules of skill

1. Performance in swimming depends 80% or more on skill and 20% or less on fitness.

2. Every skill is improvable.

3. No skill improves by chance. All must be acquired via intentional, patient and exacting practice.

4. All practice should target skill improvement in some way.

..an excerpt from TI training materials… / KNo

Kvällstänk

Hösten rullar in till slut. Simgrupper i fullt sving runt om i bygden. Det känns som om TI bollen är i rullning nu! I Höör planeras nya kurser starta vecka 45 och intresset är stort!

Funderar på hur jag förmedlar budskapet om TI, hur jag tolkas av simmarna och hur de sedan omsätter vad jag sagt. Det är alltid lika spännande att se vad som händer. Min stora utmaning är att hitta sätt att nå fram, att göra det begripligt. Simningen enligt TI är så otroligt enkel och ren i rörelsen. Jag tror det är det som tar en stund att knäcka, att det är så enkelt. Det svåra är att slappna av på rätt ställe, låta rätta muskler arbeta vid rätt tillfälle.

För mej är nyttan  med att finnas i vattnet och handgripligen leda rätt tydlig. Att kunna visa rörelsen i sitt sammanhang och ge ett bildexempel. Det gör det värt att känna simhuden växa till mellan tårna…

Två steg fram  och ett tillbaks. Gäller både simmarna och mej som coach. Vi utvecklas tillsammans och jag samlar erfarenhet varje dag. Den responsen jag får från Er simmare är en fantastisk feedback och magnifik inspiration.

Ni växer, jag växer. Det känns som något riktigt stort händer.

// Kerstin

Simkurser

Om du funderar på att ta tag i din simning, känna dej mer trygg i vattnet och vara klar att hoppa i när sommaren 2015 är här; Börja nu!

Nu har du tid att få simningen på plats, fästa ny teknik och få ordning på verksamheten!

Grundkurser i Total Immersion startar 9:onde september.

Mitt i Skåne, Björkviksbadet, Höör i samarbete med Frosta Multisport

Läsvärd artikel på Total Immersion.net

Min kollega, TI Coach Stuart McDougal CA, USA skrev följande artikel inatt…. klok man! Gillar honom!

“The Great Swim Debate” – USAT Art and Science Symposium

by CoachStuartMcDougal.
I was recently asked by Terry Laughlin if I would represent Total Immersion in “The Great Swim Debate” at the USAT Art & Science Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, Sep 13, 2014.  The swim debate would be with former Olympic Swimmer and Gold Medalist, Sheila Taormina, and Exercise Physiologist, Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas aka “Dr G” –  two heavyweights of the industry and they’ve worked with many elite swimmers such as Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Ryan Lochte and Gary Hall Jr to name a few.

Although I was quite enthusiastic of this opportunity and honored to represent TI, as well as be on the same stage with Sheila Taormina and Dr G, negative thoughts of “what the hell was I thinking going up against these two giants” frequently clouded my mind.  But then reminded myself,  most of the coaches and athletes in attendance have similar triathlon experiences, and like me, came to the sport with a non competitive swimming background – and I’ve been trained by, coached by, collaborate and work with, some of the best coaches in the country and world.

The debate format was simple, after short introduction by Rob Urbach, CEO USAT, each participant would deliver a 10 min presentation followed by question and answer in discussion and debate.  Sheila T was first to present, then followed by me and Dr G in that order.   Unfortunately each presentation ran over 10 mins and before we knew it the hour was up.  But Rob held us back for another 10 mins while he asked several questions of his own.

The Great Swim Debate

Sheila’s rather spirited presentation opened with, “this is really more of swim relay than a swim debate”, sharing information from different perspectives.  However once making that announcement, she described “gliding la-la-la strokes” as bad and acted out long strokes exaggerating a significant pause of the recovery arm at hip – certainly not what we teach at Total Immersion, but was an indirect reference nonetheless.   I was expecting this since I know she has issue with TI’s emphasis building the foundation of balance and streamline as a priority, that’s no secret.  Sheila’s emphasis is on the pulling arm manipulated by the shoulder and high turnover, fast turnover = speed.  While this has always been conventional wisdom and a convincing argument –  this advice often comes from an elite swimmer or an elite swimmer turned swim coach, one who has grown up and adapted into the sport, already has a solid foundation of balance and core stability, and thousands of hours of swimming.  This advice may benefit an elite swimmer, but quite naive of the triathlete facing the swim leg in triathlon.

Dr. G’s presentation however, was surprisingly in line with what we prioritize at Total Immersion, emphasis on balance and core stability – head position is critical.  He also noted a swimmer *must not* use arms and higher turnover to make up for a lack of balance, but rather “fix balance first”.  Again, in line with what we teach.

Dr G developed a testing process that syncs video footage with swim speed, measuring acceleration/deceleration timed with swimmers stroke in video.  This test is called the “Swim Power Test” – very impressive with the data collected.  He had an example test and video of a “10k distance swim champ”, and the test clearly showed the deceleration on the breathing stroke.  The swimmer’s head lifted too high, rotated more to get breath – leaving even an elite distance swimmer out of balance, sinking and slowing for a brief moment – deceleration was measured.  This amount of deceleration, although small, would add up over longer distances breathing on two’s.  And with this metric gem, one could easily estimate the added time over a 10k distance.  Great stuff and sobering statistics that would certainly prioritize fixing the breathing/balance issue of any swimmer, elite or otherwise.

The intention of my presentation was three fold:  1. Connect with coaches and athletes that were present – the adult onset swimmers, 2. articulate clearly what Total Immersion is and priorities of balance and core stability – and why,  and 3. challenge the assertion Total Immersion creates slow swimmers.

Challenging the assertion TI creates slow swimmers, I countered with “The Right Turnover, not High Turnover”.  I’ve had several IM triathletes come to my Masters swims to improve their times and have got them all into the top 20% of the 2.4 mile IM times, some dropping 30 mins or more – and one most recently now swimming sub 1 hour (56:33) for the 2.4 mile swim .   This swimmer came in with a stroke rate of 70 strokes per minute at 24-26 strokes per length and a busy kick (75+ kicks per length).  Roughly a 2 minute 100 yard pace, and 1 hour 25 minutes for the 2.4 mile IM swim.  He was stroking at a rate far beyond his skill level and using a busy kick to remain stable – but (before coming to me) that’s what he had been told to do in order to go faster.  After a couple of months developing balance and core stability, learning to hold or ‘catch’ an arm full of water, he was swimming comfortably at 55 strokes per minute averaging 15 strokes per length, easy two beat kick (15 kicks per length) which put him at a 1:23 (1 minute 23 seconds) 100 yard pace, and sub 1 hour 2.4 mile Ironman swim – with far less effort.  Balance, core stability, streamline, and economy of movement, SKILL makes a faster swimmer.  High turnover with lots of kicking, more yards and harder sets, does not necessarily mean faster swimming as common wisdom and perception has lead us to believe.

My presentation slides are attached (with a bit more context for those not present at the USAT conference) along with a before and after video of a former age group competitive swimmer: The Great Swim Debate (slides and video)

Although I wish there were more time for discussion, debate, and challenging assertions – it was a great experience, one that I would embrace again given the opportunity.  I have discovered among most coaches, there is far more in common than what separates us – but too often end up in divisions that only add to confusion which create skewed perceptions.  It all comes down to what each coach believes are the right priorities for each athlete and know what makes them tick to become smarter, better and faster swimmers.

Coach Stuart

Ett nytt samarbete

Heleneholms IF Tri Team
Heleneholms IF Tri Team

Med start i dag, den 21 september, inleder jag ett samarbete med triathlonklubben Heleneholms IF Tri Team i Malmö. Jag kommer att hålla i fyra kurser, två grundkurser och två i kategorin Smarter, Better, Faster. Grundkursen är för de som inte har simmat enligt Total Immersion (TI) sen tidigare och Smarter, Better, Faster är för de som simmar enligt TI och vill vidareutveckla sin teknik. Hela tjugofyra simmare kommer jag att ha igång totalt i dessa fyra kurser. Nyfikenheten och intresset från medlemmar i Heleneholms IF Tri Team är stort och det ska bli hur kul som helst att ta mig an uppgiften. Riktigt peppande! Ser redan fram mot säsongen 2015 och att få se triathleter från Heleneholms IF Tri Team susa fram som torpeder i vattnet.

If you can’t beat them, join them! 🙂