Swimming Expert Shares Truths About Technique That Might Surprise You Pt. 1

proper Breaststroke technique

As a kid with nonexistent backstroke skills the only thing I swam into more than the lane ropes was differing opinions on swimming technique. I hated the feeling of both, but at least the lane ropes ran parallel to each other.

My teenage mind reasoned that the only sure way to validate my technique was to copy it from the swimmers that I considered to be elite. I had no doubts that copying fast swimmers would give me the best possible chance at having great technique. I was wrong. 

Swimming technology research

Dr. Rod Havriluk

To point us in the right direction I asked the president of Swimming Technology Research, Dr. Rod Havriluk to share some of his insights with us. Dr. Havriluk’s work transcends borders as he travels to various countries speaking at conferences and hosting swimming clinics. It was at one of those clinics that I met him and I have been a follower of his research ever since.

I think that you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation and I’ll share part two in the next episode. Here’s Part 1:


Conversation Timeline

  • The individuals who have influenced Dr. Havriluk’s work (2:36)
  • The important role of deliberate practice in swimming mastery (6:20)
  • Shocking practice habits of high school swimmers (8:26)
  • Why we can’t completely discount the traditional approach to swimming. (10:58)
  • How our view on fast swimmers impedes our progress as a sport (12:54)
  • What the data says about the technique of the fastest swimmers in the world. (14:46)
  • Understanding how Aquanex works (17:15)
  • Why Dr. Havriluk uses technology to calculate the force production of swimmers hands (18:00)
  • Why more swimmers need to practice by themselves (20:04)
  • The side effects of a conditioning focused approach (23:20)
  • Why age is not the real impediment to better swimming technique (25:00)
  • How Dr. Havriluk developed an app to improve swimming technique (26:27)

Show Notes

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  1. This is a great podcast. I have heard Dr. Havriluk speak before, however every time I listen to him I learn more. He is at the cutting edge of learning and technique. Swim yes is an awesome app. My swimmer’s find it much less intimidating to copy a bio-mechanical model than an elite swimmer.

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      Thanks for the feedback Chris. I haven’t given much thought to that. I know kids are often eager to imitate an elite athlete, but you are right, it is intimidating. I guess another upside is that the comparison might be a bit more healthy.

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