Matt Kredich: How to coach a high elbow catch with proper posture & pull on land.

At the 2014 ASCA World Clinic in Jacksonville, University of Tennessee Head Coach Matt Kredich presented how he uses Vasa Trainers and Vasa Swim Ergs to teach critical skills on land.

Matt first started using Vasa Trainers in 1991 while assisting Richard Quick at Stanford, and he has been using them ever since. He likes the utility of Vasa Trainers and Vasa Swim Ergs because it goes beyond swim-specific strength & force production.  He uses these tools to teach 3 important swim technique concepts to his swimmers: high elbow catch, proper pull pattern and efficient body posture. One of the most valuable assets of coaching with Vasa Trainers is the ability to isolate positions, teach concepts and communicate in the moment with the athlete while on deck, which are difficult to do while they are in the pool.

Over the past 2 years Matt has collaborated with Coach Bill Boomer to improve his swimmers’ biomechanics in the water. They focused a lot on creating better posture in the water.

However, after awhile, Matt realized that the concept of anchoring had diminished for his swimmers. “We were creating good posture in the water but the idea of slowing down the arms and the hands so the body could move over it had really leaked out of how we were swimming our strokes. We renewed our focus on (using the Vasa Trainer to teach & train) this concept and saw that by slowing down and not trying to rip through every arm stroke we were now starting to combine that great posture which put us in a better position to create better impulses in the water.”

To learn more specifically how Coach Kredich uses the Vasa Trainer to teach great body posture while training his swimmers, see the full video presentation here:

Matt Kredich on proper swim posture, catch & pull

 

 

 


Related Posts

9
Oct

Faster Freestyle Swimming Clinic: Part 5. Exiting the Stroke Efficiently to Reduce Drag

Exiting the Stroke Efficiently to Reduce Drag: Technique Video Series for Faster Freestyle Swimming (part 5 of 5) Learn how to improve your freestyle swimming technique, efficiency, power and endurance from Karlyn Pipes, swim technique expert coach and Masters Swimming multiple World Record holder. In this no-nonsense swim clinic, Coach Karlyn demonstrates five focus points essential […]
20
Sep

Qualifying for Kona - An Ironman comeback story

 Training preparation & race results from 2017 Ironman® Mont Tremblant   Endurance Nation’s Coach Patrick McCrann shares a detailed look at workouts, pacing, swim-bike-run training hacks and game-changing tools.   NOTE: The following was originally posted on the Endurance Nation’s Blog in August 2017. Quick Summary For those of you who might want a quick recap or […]
21
Aug

Faster Freestyle Swimming Clinic: Part 4. Umph at the Front for Swimming Power

Swimming Power: Technique Video Series for Faster Freestyle Swimming (part 4 of 5)   Learn how to improve your freestyle swimming power, efficiency, technique, and endurance from Karlyn Pipes, swim technique expert coach and Masters Swimming multiple World Record holder. In this no-nonsense swim clinic, Coach Karlyn demonstrates five focus points essential for improving freestyle […]
25
Jul

Faster Freestyle Swimming Clinic: Part 3. Wrist Awareness and the Power of the Y

Faster Freestyle Swimming Technique Video Series (part 3 of 5)   Learn how to improve your freestyle swimming technique, efficiency, power and endurance from Karlyn Pipes, swim technique expert coach and Masters Swimming multiple World Record holder. In this no-nonsense swim clinic, Coach Karlyn demonstrates five focus points essential for improving freestyle swimming.  You’ll learn how to […]