This is serious analysis, weight shifts, micro correction, a foot that is geared toward evacuating water backward at the right moment. Not totally organized, but more of a random thing that works in harmony with *the flow*.SharkFM wrote:because of this thread (and my splaying legs) I made a band and started using it. Just floating at first then super slo mo into forward propulsion. Then I got into what I call "flying angels" and it's addictive.
Symmetrical forward propulsion using oscillation/frequency resonance, mass transfer initiated by the arms, and a natural sort of dolphin/body kick to help things along. breathing is easy - one side or the other not a problem it occurs within the movement. the need for air is little because there is not much movement required to hove through the water, arms are mostly straight so there is not a defined pulling action although that can be added timed with the frequency of the weight transfer. It really feels like flight, I was out there in the dark last night it's so much fun to get it going - but tricky for me at this point.
A key element in the timing is that in the stroke both arms (at a key point) must be appear forward of the head, otherwise the mass balance is off and the legs will drop.
Now if you look at Sunn's stroke - the above is what he does over the other swimmers in the races I've seen on u-tube. Sunn Yang uses what I would call stroke resonance and a timed body kick to create forward propulsion with essentially almost free energy. It's like tuning an instrument, or even the way engines (intake and exhaust systems) are tuned for greater horsepower by using resonance. It's a very powerful concept.
This is the reason I think bands are good, and also fly is good for freestyle as well - it teaches swimmers to harness the resonance. You guys might call it feel of the water, and that is true. And you see a swimmer that moves like a water animal, and looks beast then they've got it.
SolarEnergy wrote:That is, pick a drill that has no negative side effects, and perform *massive* volumes at it. The little bit of this, little bit of that approach, I stopped believing in this ages ago already.
Gregos wrote:I have found reading this entire thread fascinating. Thank you Cottmiller for such clear documentation of your journey with this ankle band approach.
I am left with 3 questions though.....
1. When is the right time to consider training with an ankle band?
2. Is there a time when you should cease using it?
3. Are there any negatives to this tool? (I am a pool swimmer only. I have read some articles for triathletes that suggest you don't need to work on leg propulsion, but what about for the pool?)
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