Your swimming to the next level using your toes :: Flip turns and open turns ::Fire turns!
- Published on Apr 5, 2019
- If you want to take your swimming to the next level and swim faster, you need to pay attention to your toes!
Ok so you have heard me say this before, that when you swim, you need to have a plantar flexion, which mean that your toes need to be pointing down like a ballerina. But the toes play another very important role while you swim.
Every time you push off the wall you get a boost of speed. Unfortunately, most of us take it as a mini rest, while others take advantage of that and speed up to win the race. The difference is the mindset of pushing off strong at every wall on every swim practice, even if that means getting more tired. And to do that you need to pay attention to the toes.
See the toes and the upper part of your feet are very strong and quick. That is why sprint runners like Usain Bolt run with their forefeet. When you do a flip turn or an open turn, you need to push with the forefoot and you need to do it quickly and strongly. The easiest way for me to do it is to think that as soon as my feet touch the wall I need to point my toes. That gives me a mental muscle mark to push off strong every time. It also puts my ankles on plantar flexion which is essential for a fast tight streamline.
Before you try doing this I need to tell you that if you are not used to pushing strongly with your toes you can get a cramp trying it. So please watch this video:
If you want us to give you these kinds of tips in person and specific to your swimming technique, we still have a few spots available for our two swim camps. One is in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and the other is in Phuket, Thailand. One of the questions we have been getting about the camp is if we have testimonies of people that have gone to the camp before. Honestly, we do not because this is our first time doing a week long camp. This is also the reason we are only accepting 15 people because we know we can schedule time with each one and also in small groups to help them improve their swimming according to their goals.
I know it is far away for some people and not everyone can make it, but if you are truly interested click here to find out more about the camps and reserve your spot. We will get in contact with you for any questions you have before you make a decision. If you can’t make it because of the distance or the dates, please leave a comment below to where and when you would want us to make the camps next year.
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