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HIPS DON’T LIE

In part four of his series looking at the basics of front crawl technique, Ocean Walker coach and founder Adam Walker looks at rotation

TECHNIQUE

To rotate, or not to rotate: that is the question. Before we explore the benefits of rotation, it’s important to note there are two different types:

SHOULDER/CHEST-DRIVEN ROTATION, where shoulders move first and hips follow.

HIP-DRIVEN ROTATION, where hips lead and chest and shoulders follow. There is no doubt that it is easier to initiate rotation from the shoulders than it is from the hips. The easy way, however, isn’t always the right way. The question is: which is more powerful, uses less energy and takes pressure off the shoulder?

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To paraphrase Ethel Merman, everything in the world of outdoor swimming is coming up roses. There may be thorns (such as FINA’s wrongheaded wetsuit rules), but we are undergoing a period of exciting growth with more and more people swimming outdoors and distance records being smashed around the world. One of the trailblazers in the world of marathon swimming is Sarah Thomas. In ‘Century Swim’ we meet her to talk about her mind-blowing 104-mile world record swim. For many outdoor swimmers, autumn is time to hang up wetsuits and swimming costumes until spring next year. With that in mind this issue is a pool training special, including a beginners’ guide to swim training aids. But your swimming season needn’t end now – in ‘Extend your Season’ I look at how and why you should swim outdoors all year round. If you’re anything like me, a lot of your time is spent procrastinating about getting into cold water. Our competition this month is to win the ‘Outdoor Swimmer’s Guide to Faffing’ calendar (and a snowflake swimming hat) by artist and outdoor swimmer Nancy Farmer. Check out the competition on page 23. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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