5 Swimming Drills That Actually Make You Slower

Want to swim faster? Add drills to your swim workouts! The right mix of drills will refine your technique and improve your efficiency so you don’t get tired as quickly. But, you can’t just go through the motions and do drills incorrectly. If you do, you could end up swimming slower in the long run. Check out five common drill mistakes we see at the pool, and learn how to fix them for maximum speed gains!

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0:00 Kicking
2:14 Catchup Drill
4:05 Speed and Variation
5:45 Single Arm Freestyle
7:15 Fist Drill

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18 Replies to “5 Swimming Drills That Actually Make You Slower”

  1. πŸ“² Add some variation to your training with an entire library of drills along with personalized swim training that adapts to your goals, performance and schedule! Check out the MySwimPro app at myswimpro.com/coach

  2. Emily Lam says:

    Hi Fares, can you talk about backstroke breathing pattern in one of your videos? I never know when to inhale and exhale even though my face is not in the water πŸ˜…

  3. V8 monster says:

    God . just look at that hairy armpit 🀧

  4. Rick Amira says:

    Kick w board allows one to chat!!!

  5. Noone says:

    How does it compare when it comes to teaching kids to swim? I’m talking about the kickboard and learning freestyle by catchup

  6. squatrx says:

    Idk about recommending dropping the kickboard but picking up fins (which I don't hate, but a lot of kids have a tough time doing a six beat kick as it is).

  7. Today I'm doing my fist drill, by not punching the water like you said, and I feel much faster and have a better feeling with the water

  8. Gynecologist says:

    My fave drills:

    0 x 500 warm up
    0 x 100 free
    0 x 200 mix medley
    0 x 50 kick
    0 x 500 cool down

    Get slower every time i do it!

  9. TNBob says:

    I like challenging people I swim with to match their stroke count with the fist drill.

  10. Any bad drills for breaststroke that will make you slower?

  11. Artem Zuev says:

    And why then is the board indicated in the tasks for the legs?

  12. Ok. Off topic but what are your thoughts about the US getting the top team award at the World Champs despite winning 7 golds to Australia’s 13 golds????

  13. Jenesis says:

    When I first started swimming, I saw my neighbor doing head out of water kicking using kick board. She could do it nonstop. I thought I wanted to do that too. However, it was really hard and I never felt right when doing it so I gave up. Now I kick with fins and snorkel to warm up and get my legs stronger. Streamline kicking feels so much better for my spine and lower back.

  14. Jimmy Z says:

    Hi Fares, been watching your videos for a while. Some of them are even translated into chinese on bilibili, great to see that.

    I have one question about daily routine, if i have only say 2-4hrs/day for breaststroke training( trying to get under 30s for 50m), should i go swimming first or dryland first?


  15. What about doing fist drill with pull buoy?

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  17. sfuikm says:

    Better title is: 5 swimming drills that most people are doing incorrectly.

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