Do You Have a "Runner's Kick" When You Swim?

Written by Kevin Koskella

Can you point your toes and straighten out your feet?

When you kick on your back, do you tend to go very slow, stay in one place, or even go backwards?

Do you have a tough time with swimming drills because your kick is not propelling you forward fast enough?

Do you wear fins in workouts just to "keep up"?

Did you start out as a runner and pick up swimming later to become a Triathlete?

If you answered "yes" to any ofrepparttar above, you may have Runner's Kick!

Have no fear, there are things you can do. Evenrepparttar 144006 worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim. Here are some remedies:

1. Vertical Kicking. This drill has been around for a long time. Find water that is deep enough for you to kick in place. Let go ofrepparttar 144007 wall, cross your arms, and kick in place in a vertical position (keep in a straight line), pointing your toes and keeping your chin aboverepparttar 144008 surface ofrepparttar 144009 water. Get your power from your quads and hips on this drill. Try 20 seconds at a time.

2. Use fins. Yes! I am a coach telling you to use fins. But not to "keep up" in workouts. IF you have ankle flexibility issues (Runner's Kick), use fins for a few weeks, but wean off them as you get closer to your event. The shorter kind are best. I prefer Hydrofinz (see below) but other brands may work okay as well. Fins can increase your ankle flexibility, allow you to do swimming drills with ease, and strengthenrepparttar 144010 right leg muscles you need to kick.

Are Fins Useful in Triathlon Swim Training?

Written by Kevin Koskella

One ofrepparttar most common questions I hear as a coach is, “Should I use fins?” The answer depends largely on your goals, your skill level andrepparttar 144005 type of fins.

Often times, especially in masters swimming, swimmers wear fins merely to keep up with other swimmers in their lane, or to advance torepparttar 144006 fast lane and make tighter intervals. If you are strictly swimming for fitness, and do not care about your stroke technique, swim time, or energy conservation in a race, then this is a perfectly acceptable reason to use fins. Fins, especiallyrepparttar 144007 Zoomers-type, can help you go faster in a workout and burn more calories.

Most of us inrepparttar 144008 triathlon world are concerned with more than just fat burning. There are certain situations when it’s appropriate to use fins during a workout. Fins can help build strength in your legs. They can also allow you to consume more oxygen during your swim, which enables you to supportrepparttar 144009 use of more muscle mass at greater intensity, and for a longer time. However, using fins on a regular basis forrepparttar 144010 desired effects of swimming faster and keeping from sinking inrepparttar 144011 water is ill advised.

If you have little or no kick, or your kick makes you go backwards

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