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The best way for you to improve as a swimmer is to listen to your coach. But not even the best coach can watch every swimmer all the time. It’s up to you to pay attention to details, and to the focus points that will make you faster.

In this video, I’ll share with you the six most important things I think about when I swim breaststroke. These are the six key focus points that work for me – and that I hope will work for you.

I learned these focus points and techniques from some of the best coaches and teachers in swimming – people like Greg Rhodenbaugh, Frank Busch, and Dave Salo. And I didn’t learn them overnight. I’ve spent thousands of hours perfecting each one, and I’m still learning.

One of my swimming strengths is being able to hold onto my stroke for a long time. In my 200 races, it always looks like I come from behind in the final meters. But really it’s just that I hold onto my form even when I’m tired. This comes from doing tough sets, but also from never letting my stroke fall apart in practice. This takes focus and attention to the technique points in this video.

When I race, I don’t have time to think about technique. When the gun goes off at the start of the 200 Breast, I just go. The technique has to be automatic.

When you try these things for yourself, it’s best not to think about all of them at the same time. Try to focus on one specific thing each day.

When you work on these techniques, it should always be in addition to what your coach is asking you to do…not in place of.

All great swimmers will tell you: Don’t just do what’s asked of you. Always do just a little bit more. If you do this every day, you’ll step behind the blocks with confidence in yourself and your training.

OK. Let’s look at the six key focus points that work for me in breaststroke.