Hello competitors, lap swimmers, and learners alike,
Welcome to another weekly installment of Sigma Swimming media, where we follow up last week's work on properly pushing off the wall. For those of you who are patiently waiting on the continuation of the freestyle series, never fear, as we're going to be right back to our scheduled program soon. This week, however, we will continue on last week's note to discuss ways to help YOU improve your lap swimming. One of the MAJOR ways to do so is by perfecting the very useful flipturn. If you've been nervous at or around the wall and find yourself grabbing the wall to turn around, this is the post for you!
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First, I'd like to preface that this week's post does not necessarily depict a fully broken down flipturn. Yet, we'll certainly get to that soon in the coming weeks! But, the information provided should operate as a baseline for you to find your comfort around the wall. Using drills such as shallow open water flipturns will create a basis of comfort by which you can gradually work to perform fantastic flipturns around the wall. Let your eyes and the queues on the wall/bottom of the pool guide you, as that is their intended purpose! The most important key is to drive the chin to the chest, torso downward, and tuck the knees in close to the chest as if you were somersaulting on a gymnastics mat!
Fact of the week: For many learned swimmers, the flipturn is a complicated task. Even those who have been swimming since an early age may not perfect the craft. If it's daunting to you, that is perfectly okay, and it's even MORE okay to take it step by step. In terms of the flipturn, allow yourself to master the process in open water prior to doing so on the wall. Allow it to really catapult your lap swimming to new heights. Check out our YouTube and Blog page for more!
How does my child move up? Come to every swim class, bring your progress report, earn those stickers, and ask your child's instructor or location's deck manager if you have questions.
How do I move up? Attend as many of your classes as possible, communicate with your instructor on your struggles, goals, and where you're at in our curriculum. We also have many adults who purchase a gym membership to 24 Hour Fitness or LA Fitness while they are taking lessons so they can practice 2-3 times between classes.
Flip your world upside down with a perfect flipturn! Glad your swimmer is learning to swim with us!
The Sigma Team