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Becoming a Champion Swimmer Series

Becoming a Champion Swimmer Series

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with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
3X Olympic Coach,
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA "Coach of the Year"

Richard Quick has earned a reputation for being one of the sport's finest teachers, technicians, and motivators. The success of his swimmers has been directly attributed to their technical training. Quick has coached at all levels from youth to Olympic Gold Medallists. In this insightful DVD series, he provides a resource that shows how young athletes can improve in all strokes, including starts and turns. As a bonus, each DVD contains Quick's "Focus Points for Championship Swimming." This series is a must for any swimmer looking to achieve at a higher level. Let Richard Quick help you become a champion swimmer!

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Freestyle
with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA Coach of the Year

Quick's first key to successful freestyle is learning to maintain an efficient and balanced body position that is not compromised when arm movement is added. Next, Quick shares a thorough explanation of the arm movement and demonstrates proper hand placement into the water. Quick then builds the stroke through a series of easy to follow drills that teach proper posture, line, and balance. Quick's proven drill sequence also includes recovery strategies that assist in keeping the body in a forward focused line on the water - not wavering from side to side. Quick's drills also assure proper timing of the breathing in the stroke. In a review and critique of the full freestyle stroke, you will see the successful results of Quick's drill sequence as his young demonstrators swim a fluid and efficient freestyle stroke. 65 minutes. 2006. DVD.

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Backstroke
with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA Coach of the Year

Coach Quick believes that the first essential for any successful backstroker is to establish a sound understanding and feel for the proper body position in the water. Beginning his presentation with a review of posture, line and balance essentials, Quick "builds" the backstroke from the inside out sharing innovative drills and technique tips for proper hand placement, underwater pull and recovery. Throughout these drills, Quick repeatedly stresses the importance of swimming the backstroke on the side and driving the stroke from the hips. Emphasizing a "tight, fast, electric kick", Quick and his young swimmers demonstrate each drill and how easily you can incorporate them into your program. Quick also shares common stroke faults and provides invaluable tips to assure proper stroke mechanics. 49 minutes. 2006. DVD.

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Breaststroke
with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA Coach of the Year

Richard Quick's key to swimming championship breaststroke is to swim a stroke that is forward focused. Utilizing younger swimmers as his demonstrators, Quick's initial focus is that of establishing the proper balance and position of the body in the water, Quick thoroughly explains the full arm motion for the stroke. In addition, he shares drills and strategies that keep the pull in front of the shoulders and deliver a fast hand recover. His arm pull drills teach you to accelerate the body in a forward motion, rather than up and down. Quick then turns his attention to adding the kick to accelerate the body forward. He emphasizes positioning the knees to be in line with the body, rather than pulled up underneath the body--a common error with many breaststrokers. To assure a swimmer of achieving an efficient, rhythmical breaststroke, Quick reviews the full stroke emphasizing the proper timing of the pull, breath and kick. A segment detailing the breaststroke pull-out highlights a critical technique in becoming a champion breakstroker! 59 minutes. 2006. DVD.

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Butterfly
with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA Coach of the Year

Coach Quick feels that a key component to becoming a champion butterflier is getting the body into a plank-like position. This position ultimately allows the tightest possible line of motion to assure that the energy of the stroke is focused forward rather than up and down. Quick teaches the proper arm movement of the stroke beginning with the recovery, followed by the hand entry and pull phase of the stroke. Through an excellent drill series, demonstrated by Quick's young demonstrators, he shows how to add undulation to the stroke and incorporates the dolphin kick for timing and rhythm. Today's champions swim a tight, forward-focused butterfly and Richard Quick's unique drills series will have you swimming like a champion in no time.

51 minutes. 2006.

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Starts & Turns
with Richard Quick,
Auburn University Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach;
former Stanford University Head Women's Swimming Coach,
17 NCAA Team Championships, 5X NCAA \Coach of the Year\"

Coach Quick's start drill sequences are designed have the swimmer enter the entire body through the "hole" in the water and carry that speed into the stroke. Beginning with the forward start, Coach Quick leads his young demonstrators through a series of kneeling drills before moving up to the actual block start position. Quick utilizes the track start that affords maximum stability on the block and allows a quick take off. Quick then shares a lead up sequence for the backstroke start that is designed to get the hips over the water on the start before moving to the full backstroke starts. In the Turns segment of this video, Quick begins with turns for free and backstroke. Starting with the basics of body rotation, Quick progresses through a series of drills that result in teaching a swimmer that the tighter you can tuck the faster you can spin and the faster the turn. Quick also shares free and backstroke breakout strategies that include both a dolphin kick breakout and a flutter kick breakout. Quick then moves into turns for the breaststroke and butterfly. He builds the turn from the basics of teaching body rotation along with mid pool drills that require a tight tuck and fast spin before teaching the full turn at the wall for fly and breast. Quick teaches the basics of the breakouts for fly and the breaststroke and includes detailed instruction on how to do an efficient pullout. Quick then goes through all of the turns for the individual medley. 58 minutes. 2006. DVD.

 

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