Swim Type 3: The Kicktastic
A leap of faith is required towards upper body propulsion!
- Often confident in the water and eager to improve but frustrated that they cannot improve their speed beyond a certain point.
- Can get bored easily during training sessions.
- May appear to dislike attention and in squad situations can appear quite aloof – in fact sometimes even “contrary”.
Kicktastic Common Characteristics:
- A very strong six-beat leg kick, often kicking strongly from the knee as opposed to from the hip.
- Typically good body position but this is achieved through a strong and energy sapping kick rather than good balance in the water.
- Tends to struggle in pull buoy sets and often feels unbalanced when wearing a wetsuit.
- Normally quite lean with long levers relative to the torso.
- Body rotation is often poor, swimming quite flat in the water.
- Limited catch and feel for the water.
- Due to relying on the large leg muscle groups for propulsion this swimmer often appears short of breath.
- As triathletes, Kicktastics often complain of tired legs on the bike and run.
Stroke Correction Guides
Our full Kicktastic Stroke Correction Guide includes all the analysis, drills and techniques you need to improve your stroke technique. There is nothing generic or cookie-cutter in the guide. Each method, drill and visualisation is carefully chosen to target your unique make-up and make the switch to upper body propulsion. Follow each of the four included training sessions to fit these techniques into a perfect training session for you.
The Guide is supplied as a digital download straight to your computer. Find out more here
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KICKTASTIC Stroke correction & Training Guide
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Download our full stroke development and stroke training guide for the Kicktastic swim type
Do You Know A Kicktastic?
Kicktastics are one of the easiest types to spot with their strong leg kick. If you want to be sure, duck under the surface and watch their kick underwater, you will really see the effort they are putting in from that angle. Please let Kicktastics know about this site! It’s often much easier to recognise traits in others than ourselves so give them a quick prompt in this direction and let us get to work on improving their swimming. Without a specific program tailored to lessoning their leg kick and improving their catch, it’s very unlikely they will improve alone.