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For all you pro swimmers out there: I am really trying to focus on swimming right now, working hard on my form since I have none. Got the endurance part down though. I am wondering if, while wearing a pull bouy (all I can do right now cause of stress fracture) I should feel myself rocking. I am trying to turn side to side with each stroke. I really concentrated on this today and could totally feel my body rocking slowly back and forth with each stroke. Is this a good thing??
 

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I'd like to hear what an experienced swimmer says to this. Based on what I've heard, I started rolling my body as much as possible without affecting my head position, which feels the most natural to me, but I have no idea if this is the "optimal" form, if there is one.
 

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Yes, you swim on a 45 degree angle. Your body rotate to 45 one each side. Most people do better on the side they breath to. The kick on your side drill will teach you balance and body rotation.<br><br>
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Start with 6 kicks (3 per leg) and switch sides. You must be 90 degrees and facing the side of the pool. The 3 kicks per side; but, you must get to the 90 before switching sides. Keep the bottom arm extended.<br><br>
Here are some drills in a video. The kick on side is called the 10&10 drill<br><a href="http://video.about.com/swimming/Learn-How-to-Swim-Faster-.htm" target="_blank">http://video.about.com/swimming/Lear...im-Faster-.htm</a>
 

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Ahhhh, that stinkin' tribob beat me!<br>
Here is another video, a better one! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDpxZyUYvqU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDpxZyUYvqU</a>
 

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When I use a PB I feel like I have to keep myself from rolling <i>too</i> far. Besides teaching you good balance, the PB is great for teaching you to roll.
 

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Kristine, I am so sorry to hear your stress fracture has not healed, or is this another one. I had this set back too.<br><br>
I can't help with the swimming, I'm lousy.
 

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Yes, but not too much. When I started using PB, I think I rocked too much to a point a forward motion was compromised. Now I think I am moving forward much smoother. Though rolling is important, some tend to do too much.
 

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I thought my SF was totally healed and last week I did a swim technique class, lots of kicking drills with fins. My SF spot ached all the next day. It has gotten better but coach Sheldon says NO KICKING for awhile so I am sticking with the pull bouy. I am up to a 4min run/1min walk combo up to 30 minutes and feeling good. It's just those darn flippers!!!
 

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I don't own flippers.<br><br>
I used to over rotate on the pull bouy.<br><br>
When I think of rolling I think of rotating from the hips...kinda like a sharp pendulum that snaps to a point and stops...then goes the other way...tick tock...ok.<br><br>
Bad description...but makes sense to me.
 

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To me, it looks like his hips and shoulders stay in alignment, rotating in unison. Though I think it could easily seem like his shoulders rotate more because they're so much wider than his hips. So technically, the outer edge of his shoulders do rotate through a bigger arc, but what's important is that they stay in alignment with the hips.<br><br>
Tithers, tick-tock makes so much sense that a Finis created a hip-rotation training aid called the <a href="http://www.finisinc.com/products-hiprotation.shtml" target="_blank">Tech-Toc.</a><br><br>
As for the pull buoy, the main reason I don't like using it is because it completely messes with my body rotation. Either I have to really limit body rotation to keep it under control, or, if I emphasis body rotation I feel like I'm going to just keep rotating into some sort of death spiral.
 
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