with David Marsh, Head Coach, SwimMAC Carolina; 2012 US Olympic Team Assistant Coach; 3x Olympic Coach; 8x NCAA Coach of the Year, 12 X NCAA Championships at Auburn
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Freestyle
Take advantage of recent developments in freestyle to swim faster sprints, middle distances and distance freestyle. Three-time Olympic coach David Marsh teaches you how to build efficiency and power using a series of drills designed to improve posture and body alignment while maintaining a strong kick and establishing a high catch. With the assistance of multi-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones and National Team member Madison Kennedy, you'll see over 30 drills that cover everything from the fundamentals to critical details that are easily be overlooked. Learn how to maximize efficiency and power with a package of tips and strategies especially for freestylers.
Creating and maintaining a tight body line is the foundation of a faster, more efficient freestyle. Coach Marsh introduces a series of drills that teach athletes to maintain proper body alignment by focusing on swimming narrow with a long spine and low breath. You'll learn how to develop other elements of freestyle without sacrificing the ideal body line.
A "David Marsh Freestyle" is characterized by an open recovery with a high elbow catch that uses rotation to increase efficiency and power. Coach Marsh shares a number of high catch and rotation drills that help increase power. You'll also learn how to keep the body aligned with snap-back breathing, which emphasizes a quick breath and returning the head to its original position early in the stroke.
Coach Marsh includes drills to build a stronger kick - one that is powerful enough to create a platform the swimmer can use to generate torque. A Marsh-style freestyler may recover with a straighter arm, rather than a high elbow to take advantage of the momentum he generates with a strong, accelerated finish.
One of the best ways to improve swimming technique is by adding resistance or swimming with implements. Coach Marsh incorporates paddles, parachutes, tubing, pegs, and pull buoys to increase the athlete's feel for a high elbow catch and also improve timing and rhythm. As a bonus, he finishes with a series of drills that help the swimmer become a true aquatic athlete by mastering the difference between land and water as a medium.
The presentation shows drills to enforce each element of the stroke-some drills you may have already seen but some will definitely be new additions to your toolkit. A veteran coach with a proven track record, Coach Marsh delivers drill after drill that a coach or swimmer can use to swim faster than ever before!
BONUS - Coach Marsh has included a 30+ minute teaching session in an Endless Pool. In this segment, you will see Marsh work with several of his developing swimmers form SwimMAC. Watch as Marsh, evaluates, teaches, corrects, and improves each of these athlete's freestyle strokes utilizing the same drills, skills, and concepts presented in the video. You get to take a look at stroke evaluation through the eyes of Coach Marsh and watch how he dissects the stroke to teach the David Marsh style of freestyle!
70 minutes. 2014.
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Backstroke
David Marsh guides you through the drills and techniques he uses to develop athletes of all levels - from beginner to world-class caliber. With the assistance of Olympic silver medalist Nick Thoman, Coach Marsh provides an in-depth look at everything from the basic fundamentals of the stroke to important details that can be easily overlooked. Coach Marsh and Thoman focus on all aspects of the stroke; body positioning, rotation, hand entry, catch, and kick. They each share drills to enforce each of these elements.
You will see over 30 drills that address every aspect of the latest techniques for swimming fast backstroke. HD underwater footage gives you a view of the stroke from all angles. Coach Marsh details each drill, explaining how and why to do it and what coaches and swimmers should look for as the stroke is being executed. He also introduces drills that can be done with a partner or using simple equipment (from kickboards to soda cans) to add variety and fun to a workout while enhancing technique, addressing stroke flaws and building endurance.
The drills in this presentation give athletes several different ways to improve each essential skill. Coach Marsh begins with a comprehensive drill progression that athletes can use to perfect each aspect of the stroke. He demonstrates drills designed to establish the correct body position and rotation for controlled efficiency- a powerful, hip-driven stroke. He offers a variety of drills for building the new high, fast catch and a pull with a strong tie to core body strength.
In addition, Coach Marsh details the underwater body dolphin, backstroke breakouts and world-class backstroke finishes. The presentation ends with Thoman swimming full stroke at two different tempos while Coach Marsh reviews the characteristics of world-class backstroke.
Though some of these drills may be familiar, plenty of new tips and techniques are covered. Coach Marsh's belief that there is always more to learn makes this presentation indispensable for all levels of swimmers and coaches.
BONUS - Listen in as Coach Marsh individually conducts backstroke diagnostics with developing club swimmers - who he is working with for the first time - using SwimMac's Endless Pool. This unique bonus feature allows you to watch Coach Marsh evaluate and diagnose the stroke and evaluate, correct, teach, and enhance it. This session demonstrates that the concepts he uses with his elite swimmers can be used with younger, developing swimmers.
43 minutes. 2014.
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Breaststroke
Efficiency, not raw power, is the key to a quality breaststroke. In this presentation, legendary swim coach David Marsh shares effective drills for achieving maximum speed by building the breaststroke around a strong body line. With the assistance of Micah Lawrence, a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, Coach Marsh demonstrates all aspects of the stroke from the fundamentals to the critical details that can easily be overlooked. Now, you can use Marsh's tips and techniques to develop a powerful, masterful, and efficient breaststroke.
Breaststroke is one of the most unique swimming strokes. Using drills that Coach Marsh has developed along with drills he has learned from elite U.S. and international coaches and athletes, Marsh breaks down the stroke into individual parts to strengthen the athlete's technique. He incorporates advanced drills to put the stroke back together. These drills focus on all aspects of the stroke, including the streamline, hand cycle and kick.
Coach Marsh begins by examining the components of an ideal breaststroke kick. Watch as Lawrence demonstrates her world-class breaststroke kick and the drills that build each component of it. Next, Coach Marsh concentrates on the pull, using drills to build strong, fast sculling capability and to address common pull flaws. Lastly, he looks at the full stroke breaststroke, showing swimmers and coaches alike how to connect the kick and pull through the breaststroke line for maximum speed.
Whether you are a coach or a swimmer, you'll feel like Coach Marsh is personally coaching you as he shares the how and why of each drill, as well as key things to look for as it's being executed. Coach Marsh encourages coaches and swimmers to be creative with equipment available on most pool decks-from kick boards to parking cones-to safely add the resistance that the swimmer needs to build power, heighten water sensitivity, and correct stroke flaws.
These dryland and pool exercises and drills combine to build the critical element of a fast breaststroke-a long, straight body-line that runs from the tips of the fingers through the crown of the head and down to the toes. The drills in this presentation helped Lawrence become a world-class breaststroker and they will help you improve your breaststroke, too!
BONUS - In an Endless Pool bonus session, you will see Coach Marsh dissect the breaststroke of some of his developing swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina. The uniqueness of this session allows you to watch a master technician take the drills and concepts that he used throughout the presentation and effectively evaluate, teach, and correct the strokes of his developing swimmers. The Endless Pool creates a one on one coaching session that is up close and highly effective. This segment is an invaluable lesson on how to teach the breaststroke.
63 minutes. 2014.
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Butterfly
David Marsh is a world-class coach and stroke technician who has won 12 NCAA championships and coached numerous Olympians. In this presentation, Coach Marsh shares essential drills for helping swimmers and coaches develop a masterful butterfly. With the assistance of an elite-level swimmer, Coach Marsh starts with the basics of executing the whole of the stoke correctly and then progresses to more advanced drills that work on timing, rhythm and power.
The butterfly is one of the most difficult strokes to learn and master. With Coach Marsh's "Press and Release" drill progressions, you can overcome the challenge by developing correct body position in the water. These drills teach athletes that the more they press and release the chest without using a power driving kick to create speed, the more potential there is for faster performances.
Today's best flyers have a flatter stroke that stays more connected through the pull. Coach Marsh's pulling drills emphasize an early high elbow catch that accelerates as the hands move under the body, which is very similar to a freestyle-pulling pattern. The goal is to land the stroke in no more than four inches of water.
The timing of the breath is one of the hardest aspects of the stroke to learn. Correct timing involves getting a breath early in the stroke and staying low to the surface of the water. To help swimmers learn this technique, Coach Marsh uses a "Triangle Drill." This drill teaches swimmers to breathe early in the stroke and to keep the head from staying up too long.
This comprehensive presentation teaches the stroke using very basic drills for beginners and drills for developing power in the stroke for more advanced swimmers. By practicing these drills regularly, athletes will learn the proper timing of the butterfly stroke and will develop a more efficient and effective stroke.
BONUS - Watch as Coach Marsh shares a teaching session he conducts with some of his younger SwimMAC athletes. You will see Coach Marsh work his technical magic as he shows how the drills and technical nuances he uses with his professional swimmers are just as effective with his developing athletes. The Endless Pool creates an intimate teaching situation. Swimmers watch themselves in the bottom mirror and get immediate feedback on the technical aspects Marsh presents to them.
53 minutes. 2014.
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Starts
Twelve-time NCAA National Championship coach David Marsh shows you how to establish a straight, tight entry line to maximize carrying speed from the start into the water. He covers traditional start drills as well as creative and innovative drills he has developed while working with his world-class swimmers maximize their starts.
Forward Starts - Beginning with forward starts, Coach Marsh addresses safety considerations, pre-race routines, and proper set-up on the blocks. His forward start progression trains swimmers to execute safe starts with the correct body line to carry the power of the start into their race. He discusses the differences in forward starts for freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly, and covers relay exchanges from approach to finish, demonstrating exchanges for freestyle and medley relays. Coach Marsh also addresses common forward start errors and shares drills that can help swimmers correct these errors.
Backstroke Starts - In backstroke starts, Olympic medalist and world record holder Nick Thoman describes his newer style powerful backstroke start. He begins with a straighter back and places his feet higher than in the past. He focuses on getting as much distance as he can and enters the water on his ideal backstroke line instead of the more traditional high amplitude start. Coach Marsh addresses adjustments that must be made for different starting conditions. He discusses transitions and demonstrates a staggered stroke breakout technique that can get you up and into your race with power.
This season, carry the power of your start into your race and take full advantage of your speed off the block. 48 minutes. 2014.
David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Turns
A great turn helps you take your momentum into the wall and carry speed and power off of it. Three-time Olympic coach David Marsh demonstrates the skills and drills he uses to help swimmers of all levels maximize their turns. Using on-deck analysis and footage above and below the water, he breaks down the components of fast, efficient turns and transitions, and then puts them back together.
Long Axis Turns - Coach Marsh starts with a drill progression for teaching the tight, fast spin needed for effective turns. He provides long-axis, turn progression drills for freestyle and backstroke. The progression starts with the approach, progresses through the turn and into the breakout. This progressions builds low, narrow, tight turns that take advantage of the swimmer's speed into the wall. It also enables the swimmer to use their core body strength to get off the wall and into the ideal body line as quickly as possible and with minimal energy.
Short Axis Turns - Peter Verheof, a former world-class butterflyer and recent U.S. Olympic assistant coach, joins Coach Marsh as they show how to build short-axis (butterfly and breaststroke) turns. They teach the turn from the three-stroke approach all the way through the breakout. As in the free and back turns, the result is a tight, fast turn that uses core body strength and a quick return to the ideal body line for the fastest, most efficient turn possible.
IM Turns - Finally, Coach Marsh covers IM turns, emphasizing the backstroke to breaststroke transition. He describes the balance of safety and speed he looks for from swimmers of different experience levels. He describes how elite swimmers use the challenging back-to-breast crossover turn, breaking it down with drills and a variety of camera angles. He also addresses how coaches can help younger swimmers build toward that turn.
Order now and start using the skills and drills from this presentation to turn walls into a competitive advantage. 37 minutes. 2014.