How to improve your start: Part two

No matter how well you swim, a bad start can truly set you up for failure.

No matter how well you swim, a bad start can truly set you up for failure.

In yesterday's blog we talked about the importance of practicing your competitive start for the best outcome on race day. As most competitive swimmers know, races are oftentimes determined when athletes start their races. A good start versus a bad start usually translates to a win or loss depending on the length of the race.

There are a number of ways to perfect your jump off, and most coaches will have their own tried and true ways of teaching you. But in case you want to get some practice in on your own time, Ryan Turner of Swim Swam has offered a few more techniques that you may want to try out:

Leapfrog - Something to work on during your dryland practices, a game of leapfrog strengthens your core, leg and arm muscles while also putting you in tune with your body. This exercise will also make you more conscious of your body's movements and how to best control them in the air.

Noodle - This is one that most coaches know about and tends to be a common approach to improving swim starts. It is great for swimmers of any age. As Turner explains, "Have one swimmer in the water holding a noodle in front of the block, and have another dive over it. While simple, the Noodle can be made progressively harder by gradually moving the noodle farther away from the block."

When it comes to making yourself better at anything, practice truly makes perfect. It also helps to have the best gear for your sport so that you can practice and compete to the best of your ability. For the best swimming products like Speedo swim caps or team suits, visit Swimmer's Choice today.