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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7th Practice

22 boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 - 14, did a 6:30 - 7:30 am practice at Huntington Beach High School with enthusiasm and focus. The group was broken into two groups by speed and completed the following sets in order to focus on development of their kick and improvement of their head and body positions:
400 warm-up with stroke instruction
2 x Michael Phelps blast-offs + 4 x blast-offs + 6 x blast-offs + 8 x blast-offs + 10 x blast-offs
20 x 25 alternating head-down stroke technique and head-up sprints
8 x 25 pulling a buddy or 8 x 25 kicks
Navy Seals eggbeater competition

With the ultimate long-term goal of swimming quicker and more efficiently, the athletes focused on the following:

1. pointing their feet while kicking
2. kicking hard when they sprint
3. maintaining balance in their arm stroke
4. maintaining a firm head position and reducing their lateral movement

Keep these times in mind: 1-3 pm during the entire holiday break when special swimming and eggbeatering practices will be held at Huntington Beach High School. More information later.

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