Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > February 19 > THE NEED FOR SPEED


The secret to swimming faster is simple maths, says coach James Ewart

What’s your plan for swimming faster? Train hard and work hard on technique? Great, but it’s useful to sometimes think about speed in mathematical terms.

Speed is simply a product of cadence and stroke length.

Watch the professionals swim and they are able to swim at much higher cadences (or tempos) than most of us. But don’t just look at their stroke speed. Count how many strokes they are taking as they are also able to sustain lower stroke counts per length than most of us, despite swimming at such high tempos. And that’s critical. If we’re thinking about speed we can’t ignore cadence or stroke length. The two need to be inextricably linked if we want to swim faster.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Outdoor Swimmer - February 19
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - February 19
Or 599 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.17 per issue
Or 4999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.49 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Outdoor Swimmer

In this issue we explore cold water swimming and ageing in ‘The Tonic of Longevity’; Lindsey Cole, the Urban Mermaid, tells the story behind her swim of the length of the Thames collecting litter; we have psychological tips to help you deal with cold water; Elaine Howley celebrates pioneering Victorian swimming heroine Agnes Beckwith; and coach James Ewart explains how to swim faster by swimming slowly: it’s all in the maths! Plus, event reviews from Norfolk to Bermuda, warming winter recipes, swimming from Corsica to Sardinia and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.