Are You Swimming with Scissors?

Are you swimming with scissors?

Many of the swimmers and triathletes I work with don’t realize they are slowing themselves down while swimming due to using a scissor style kick instead of using a flutter kick.

Here are my top three corrective tips to cure your scissor kick.

A scissor kick is when your feet drift apart wider than the width of your shoulders while you swim freestyle which creates a ton of drag ever time you kick,  impeding your forward movement.

The best flutter kick originates from the hips and stays within shoulder width.

Top 3 TIPS
1- Fins, use fins for kick sets to help strengthen the ankles.  This is my favorite brand and model (Finis Z2 Gold Zoomers).

The flutter kick should be originating from the hips through an almost straight leg and down to a floppy ankle with slightly pointed foot.

If you are scissor kicking it indicates tight and weak ankles and hips.  Using fins for the following kick drills can help get rid of your scissor kick.
Sample Workout: Kick 100 yards kick with fins, the first 25, kick on your belly, second 25, kick on your side, the third 25 kick on your back and the last 25 kick on the other side.  Watch my video here

Bonus practice; Repeat another 100 yards, all using a Dolphin Kick.

2- Vertical kicking  must have a deep pool.
Start with fins and build up to 1 minute of vertical kick time,
Adding rotation
1/4, 1/2 and whip turns
Then, start practicing without fins and get to 1 minute vertical kick time.
Watch my video here

3- Dry land flutter kicking – great for increasing hip and core strength
Lay on your back – palms down tucked under thighs
Chin to chest, head and shoulders off the ground
Lift straight legs off the ground and flutter kick with strong quads and pointed toes for 1 minute. Vary speed of kicking to mix it up and challenge yourself.
Watch my video here

If this post was helpful and you would like to see more like it, Please comment to let me know. Wishing you well!

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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of the Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.

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