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In this final section of the video, I’ll just swim...and you can watch how all the parts come together. Try to pick out the things we focused on.
Do I keep my chest down and hips up on butterfly?
Do I keep the hands and elbows high so I can catch a lot of water?
Does my kick come from the hips...and do I kick all the way through to my ankles and toes?
On backstroke, do I connect my hips to my shoulders for good rotation and a powerful pull?
Are my arms flowing on the recovery?
Is my catch immediate..or do my hands sit on the water?
Does my kick follow right along with the rotation of the hips?
On breaststroke, do I get into streamline on every stroke?
Are my hands constantly moving?
Am I using my entire body -- my head, eyes, hands, and hips -- to get a powerful pull?
Do I get my heels up to my butt... and slam them together...on every kick?
And on freestyle, is my breath quick?
Am I rotating equally to both sides?
Is the kick steady and constant?
And am I swimming with my entire body, not just my arms and legs.
As you add these focus points to your own swimming, remember to work on just one thing at a time.
Start slowly, don’t be afraid to experiment, and be patient when you try to change things with your stroke.
The most important thing is to believe in yourself and not give up.
If you put your mind to it, anything is possible.