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This video features Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones. You’ll get to see how Cullen swims....
...But the real focus is on Cullen’s powerful starts...
...his lightning-fast turns...
...and his gold-medal finishes.
Cullen knows that races are not always won by the person who SWIMS the fastest, but by the person who has the fastest starts, turns, and finishes.
Why is that? Because in a swimming race, you’re at maximum speed when you hit the water after your start.
The next fastest you’ll be is when you push off the wall after each turn.
When you get better at these two parts of your race -- the starts and turns -- you’ll carry more speed into every length that you swim.
If you can MAINTAIN that speed...
...and carry it all the way to the finish...your times will improve, and you have the best chance to win your races.
How does Cullen get this fast? He never does a sloppy dive.
And he never goes easy or floats through a turn, even at practice. He moves quickly and sharply, staying focused and intense.
And he practices step by step.
In this video, Cullen shares his step-by-step learning sequence for the forward start...
...and for the backstroke start.
He demonstrates his learning sequence for the freestyle flip turn...
...the backstroke flip turn...
...and for the open turn used in breaststroke and butterfly.
Cullen also shares his technique for finishing a race -- his secret for shaving hundredths of a second off his time at the finish.
Even if you already know how to do these things, we recommend that you go through each learning sequence, from the beginning. This will help you learn the specific focus points for great starts and turns. You can then use each focus point without interrupting your regular training.
Cullen thinks about every start and every wall as an OPPORTUNITY for speed. Let’s watch how he develops his world-class technique -- step by step.