Picturing the Freestyle Underwater Stroke

In Chapter 5, Sheila Taormina lays out the most critical concept of Swim Speed Secrets: the fastest technique for the freestyle underwater stroke. Sheila breaks out each component in clear language:

  1. The High-Elbow Position
  2. The Mechanics of the Pull
  3. The Strength Required
  4. Leverage
  5. The Flexibility that Helps Seat the High-Elbow Catch
  6. Holding the Water
  7. The Three Phases of the Pull

Then Sheila further breaks down the stroke into 8 sub-parts. This might sound technical, but she explains it so clearly and easily that it’s mandatory reading for every swimmer and great reference material for swimmers who are already competitive.

On page 74 and 75, there’s a 12-part photo sequence showing Sheila’s underwater pull from hand entry through over-water recovery of the next stroke.

Unfortunately, the first printing portrayed photo #2 twice, once in the proper spot and then again in the wrong spot where photo #6 should have been. We’ve fixed this printer error on the second and all subsequent printings, but we thought those who bought the first printing might want to see the correction. Here it is below, the freestyle underwater stroke sequence as described in Swim Speed Secrets (click on it to see it bigger). You can also download a pdf of the pages here.

Swim Speed Secrets pages 74-75 freestyle underwater stroke sequence

In her book Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swim technique used by the world’s fastest swimmers. Find new speed in the water with Swim Speed Secrets, available now in bookstores, tri and swim shops, and online.

Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes book cover

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