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Swim Smooth Video Analysis Clinic

26-03-17 (Sun): Swim Smooth Video Analysis Clinic

70.3 Ironman Busselton is about one month away. Having tried swimming with the wetsuit, I got concern when I noticed my swim timing for 100m has dropped quite drastically. When Coach Shauqie announce the date of the Swim Smooth Video Analysis Clinic, I did not hesitate and signed up for it. I know that a little correction in swimming stroke can help make a whole lot different in the overall swim timing. I was optimistic that I still have time to make some small corrections.

Swim Smooth Video Analysis Clinic (Itinery)

1. In-Pool Swim Video Recording
The session started off with each of us took turns to swim 100m lap in a steady endurance space. We were being recorded from varies angles; both, above and underwater.

I took the opportunity to have both of my wetsuit and non-wetsuit swim recorded, just to make comparison.

2. Classroom – Swim Video Analysis
After in-pool recording session was done, we move to the classroom for the theory and swim analysis sessions.

This is where the moment of truth is being revealed. Many swimmers probably have their own perception or perceive of how they think they are swimming. However video can never lie.

Two swimmers of different height would have different arm length. Which means no swimmers are alike. To know our potential we should know which swim type we fall into.

The different swim types and progress chart

(Right) Mistake: My catch-up arm pull

In the swim video analysis session, each swimmers were being analysed stroke by strokes and break down to address dead spot and areas that needed to improved. Sample videos of many world top swimmers, open water and to swimming drills were pulled out to help us to have a better visual understanding.

3. In-Pool Hands-On Swim Drills 
After the classroom theory session, we did some hands-on swim drill in the pool; to work on correcting and improving our swimming techniques.

Unco Drill – aid to help swimmer who have imbalance body rotation and breathing bilateral.

I would highly recommend anyone who wish to have a deeper understand on their swimming style or to improve their swimming pace to attend Coach Shauqie’ Swim Smooth Video Analysis Clinic.

For those who signed up for the swim analysis clinic will given a free one month access to Swim Smooth Guru online portal. The portal provides a very comprehensive range of support for every swimmers’ needs. You will gain access to videos of all the swimming drills, and even customised (this is only available for Pro version) training plan, for you to excel in your next big race.

For more information, kindly get in touch with Coach Shauqie Aziz at MySwim Facebook.

The Day I Became a Triathlete is the Day I Learnt How to Swim

After years of running and cycling, I recently completed my first Olympic Distance triathlon at the Port Dickson International Triathlon (August 2014), organised by Uncle Chan, who is famous for adding surprises into the triathlon, I found the easygoing atmosphere and the festive mood there welcoming for a first-timer.

I chose Port Dickson to be my first triathlon as the sea is typically calm for this event, the bike route is flat and fast, and the run along the coast being very scenic, all added up to a very pleasant first triathlon for me.

I would not say that the journey to being a triathlete was easy, but at the same time it was made a lot easier with the help of many experienced athletes.

My Main Obstacle
As a long-time athlete, I have always had this desire to be a triathlete. Maybe it is because triathletes are known to be some of the fittest sports people on the planet, or maybe magnetic attraction to the sport via the Ironman brand, I just wanted to be a triathlete. Unfortunately, I could not swim.

Like many other people, swimming is the biggest hurdle to overcome, with a common saying “If you’re tired on the bike, you can coast; if you’re tired while running, you can still walk; if you’re tired or panic during the swim, you’re out of the game” showing with the most common fear associated with swimming being drowning. The fear of aggressive marine animals, no thanks to movies like Jaws with its distinctive, ominous soundtrack, is perhaps a close second.

With my problems being an open secret, I was introduced to the Total Immersion Freestyle Mastery Malaysia Program. Total Immersion, a method of swimming instruction, was developed by Terry Laughlin and focuses on efficiency. The basic philosophy is energy conservation, where energy wastage is minimised and instead putting potentially wasted energy to good use, namely propelling oneself forward. Teaching method is structured, with a systematic progression of skills that applies to entry-level swimmers, triathletes, distance swimmers or recreational swimmers.

Having experienced both a conventional, and Total Immersion Freestyle Mastery Malaysia’s swimming method, I found that Total Immersion’s method easier to learn. Emphasis on the correct form and technique does not only help make one a stronger swimmer, but also builds confidence in the water. Total Immersion’s focus of efficient energy usage ensures that triathletes are not worn out, saving their strength for the latter legs of the race.

With the increasing popularity of triathlons, the Total Immersion does not only cater to basic swimming skills, but also covers skills required for triathletes participating in open-water swims. Accustoming oneself to messy and potentially scary mass starts, learning to draft faster swimmers, and proper navigation skills to stay on course, are all essential skills to helping triathletes set new personal records.

To further develop swimmers’ skills and confidence in the open water, Total Immersion Freestyle Mastery Malaysia conducts monthly open-water swim sessions, in collaborates with Swimon. Swimon organises open water swimming event and provide lessons to acquire necessary open water swimming skills. It cater from beginners to well as recreational swimmers and triathletes. These open-water sessions are conducted by experienced lifeguards and swimming coaches, and safely introduces open water swimming to inexperienced swimmers in a gradual manner, helping them overcome their fear of the sea.

Having experienced the euphoria of completing my first triathlon, I would urge anyone with similar ambitions and fears to give the Total Immersion Freestyle Mastery Malaysia Program a shot. For more information, do check out Total Immersion Freestyle Mastery Malaysia on Facebook.