The Cross Connection

If I am doing a six-beat kick, if I do it on my right hand, my right hand enters my left leg kicks down as my right hand continues to pull and gets into its catch position. That’s what the same arm same leg and then as I finish the pull it’s opposite arm, opposite leg. As they exit out for the recovery and it the same arm and the same leg midway through the recovery is opposite arm, opposite leg, and then back on entry, you’re going into what would be the next rotation which gives you six full kicks. So the six-beat kick requires and maintains connection throughout the body. It also requires firing through the muscles through your spinal Facial line. your spinal fascial line is a line that runs from your big toe of whatever foot to the opposite arm. So fascia lines are if you think about when you rip open an orange, you take the skin off, there’s orange flesh in there and there’s also that white hair. The orange flesh is your muscles in the white hair that’s around the orange flesh would be your fascia. So, in our body, we have muscles that are connected and they’re connected through the fascia. Fascia is what goes around the muscles and kind of makes them all come together. So, these fascia lines are really important to pay attention to because they’re actually what makes different muscle groups fire and they also want to the muscle fire in patterns that we have in our body. So your spinal fascia line is one of the lines that crisscross so it crisscrosses through the body so it goes from the opposite side to from one side to the opposite side. And it’s the same line that we use when we walk because when you walk, you use one leg forward and the opposite arm forward. The reason you do that and also when you run is you’re ensuring that you’re firing all those muscles to the same fashion line. So it gives you a larger gate, it gives you a more efficient, walk or run, which is the same thing with swimming. A lot of times people aren’t taught this though, so when you put someone into the pool, who walks normally. They’ll never know that they’re supposed to cause that same connection that they do on land on land, things are easier to learn because you don’t have the drag in the water. You just have the air so there’s not as much resistance, so people don’t do as many things on land. I would say wrong as they would do in the water because there’s a little bit of fear, mixed in with a bit of resistance that just gives you an entirely different environment to learn. Thinking about fascia lines is important when it comes to swimming, especially biomechanics because it will determine what you do technically well or not as well.