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PULL IT TOGETHER

Fiona Ford shares two training sets to help you focus on developing your catch and pull using a pull buoy

Using a pull buoy (a type of float you hold between your legs) in swim training helps you identify how much or how little your legs are bringing to your swim efficiency and speed equation. If you swim faster with the pull buoy than without, then you can reasonably assume that your legs are holding you back in some way. It may be that they are sinking too much, that you are kicking with inefficient technique (eg with too much knee bend rather than with a straighter kicking action driven from the hips) or maybe a combination of both these factors. The best way to confirm the diagnosis is with a video analysis so you can see for yourself what is going on. To correct it you need to focus on strengthening your core and improving flexibility and technique.

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Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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