Your PULL Determines Your Rotation Speed

So, let’s just go ahead and dive in. Basically, as I said in our membership site we’re going through the long axis strokes so the first three months of the membership site we discuss everything on Freestyle, and then we popped over straight into Backstroke, because it makes sense because fundamentally Freestyle and Backstroke are very similar. And the main reason behind that is because they’re both long axis strokes. So your longitudinal axis is essentially, if you were to elongate your vertebrae straight up through your head and then straight down through your legs, you’d end up with an arm and a leg on one side and arm and a leg on the other side. So in Freestyle and Backstroke, you’re constantly rotating around that longitudinal axis. Another reason within Backstroke rotation is similar to Freestyle, is it happens in conjunction with the pole. So the pull itself really kind of dictates when you’re rotating, how long you rotate for and or how fast you do it, so that pops into point number three that basically your speed or how fast you’re swimming dictates how quickly you, you rotate tempo wise, based off that pull. So you don’t want to rotate too fast and have your pull be slower, but you also don’t want to pull faster and have your rotation too slow, and the commonality between those are really what you see most commonly as coaches, is the latter of the two or someone is actually pulling fast, but they’re not rotating to keep up with the speed of their pole. So, it should be dictated by the pull, the rotation doesn’t do anything on its own, to really help you. So, letting the rotation be the one to guide how fast you pull, doesn’t make any sense.