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How To Make A Swimming Technique Video

Posted Jun 19 2010 6:47am
Of all the elements of triathlon, swimming is the most skill-based sport. At
the Rock Star Triathlete Academy ( ) we've
found that an inefficient swim stroke will hurt your progress even more than
inefficent cycling or running. And no matter how good your fitness is, if
you can't swim efficiently, no amount of extra muscles or lungs will help
you in the water.

But unless you have someone standing on the edge of the pool watching you
and giving you feedback, it can be very difficult to know exactly what your
arms, leg, head and torso are doing while you swim. This is why a swimming
technique video is a crucial element of improving as a triathlete.

For a swimming technique video, you don't necessarily have to have a fancy
underwater swimming camera or a professional film crew. All you need is a
friend, fellow athlete or family member to hold a camera, and follow the
simple swimming technique video instructions in this article.

Swimming Technique Video Step 1: Have a camera. As mentioned, you don't have
to have an underwater camera, but with so many inexpensive underwater video
cameras available today, it's time to consider adding one to your bag of
training equipment.   Here's a short list of some of affordable underwater
video solutions that also work very well above the water:

-Casio Exilim EX-G1 12.1 MP Slim-line Endurance Digital Camera

-Flip Video AWC2T Underwater Case for UltraHD and Ultra 2nd Generation

-Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes - Purchase with the case above, or
purchase a waterproof bag to put the camera in

-Pentax Optio WS80 10MP Waterproof Digital Camera

-Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 12 MP Digital Camera

Swimming Technique Video Step 2: Film front overwater footage. You need to
swim 25m in a straight direction away from camera while being videotaped.
Preferably, have the videographer stop filming at this point, then start
filming again as you turn and swim 25m in a straight direction toward the
camera while being videotaped.

Swimming Technique Video Step 3: Film side overwater footage. Swim 25 meters
while the person beside the camera walks beside you or, if angle is wide
enough, simply pans the camera. The person holding the camera should ensure
that the video includes a front diagonal angle, a direct side angle, and a
rear diagonal angle. This is best accomplished by starting 5-10 meters in
front of the swimmer, filming the swimmer until they are parallel to the
camera, walking directly beside the swimmer for 5-10 meters, then stopping
and filming the swimmer as they pass.

Swimming Technique Video Step 4 (optional): Collect underwater front
analysis video. For the underwater front analysis, the swimmer should start
halfway down the pool, and then swim directly at the camera, which is held
stationary at one end of the pool.

Swimming Technique Video Step 5 (optional): For the side analysis, the video
collector needs to be one to two lanes away from the swimmer, and in the
center of the pool. Get as wide a pan angle as possible of the swimmer
completing a full lap, (so you can see both right and left side views).

Once you've collected the video, the next step is to grab a bowl of popcorn,
sit down in front of the TV (or just keep hanging out by the pool) and view
your swimming technique video. From head to toe, watch your breathing
patterns, your hand angle entry, your arm movement, your elbow bend, your
torso angle, your hip movement, your knee bend, your ankle angle, and every
aspect you can see. You'll find that there are definitely certain elements
that can be specifically inspected in front overwater, side overwater, front
underwater, and side underwater.

At the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, we now use advanced online software to
allow you to upload your video to us, then have your academy coaches
actually analyze the video using voice-overs and angle drawings. This is a
quick way to get professional feedback, inexpensively. To learn more, simply
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